Tips and Documentation

Workbook: ORGANIZING Complete Count Committees

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Workbook: ORGANIZING Complete Count Committees
The CCC is open and inclusive, speaks the languages of all the communities within it, and builds trust by encouraging neighbor-to-neighbor awareness of the importance of an accurate census count.
Find it here: https://mn.gov/admin/assets/CCC%20workbook_3-15-18_tcm36-330543.pdf

Census Transportation Planning Program: one more source of ACS small area data

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For the last couple decades, AASHTO and US FHWA have sponsored, and US Census Bureau has produced, a collection of special tabulations called Census Transportation Planning (CTPP). The crosstabs in that collection are different from what is in the ACS summary file (ACS base tables).

And some of those crosstabs are quite useful. You can get household-size crossed with other variables, commute-mode crossed with other variables, income, etc.

In CTPP, the units of analysis have been counties and Census transportation analysis zones (Census-TAZs). But there’s been some tug-of-war over how spatially-detailed are those Census-TAZs. Familiar story: Census Bureau is required to be strict on nondisclosure; very little wiggle room.

As more transportation planners have concluded that Census-TAZs are inadequate for forecasting and modeling, the CTPP oversight group has made some decisions about the future of CTPP products. CTPP will continue, but the smallest geographic units, after 2019, will be Block Groups.

Bottom line: CTPP may suddenly be a usable resource for fans of Block Groups.

There are some other interesting angles in the latest memo from the CTPP program office. Give it a read! CTPP Transportation Planning Announcement

Tasks and Responsibilities of SDC Lead Agencies

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Tasks and Responsibilities of SDC Lead Agencies
High-level inventory of tasks and responsibilities of SDC Lead Agencies.
Find it here: https://sdcclearinghouse.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/tasks-and-responsibilities-of-sdc-lead-agencies.docx

Slidedeck: ORGANIZING for a Complete Count

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New from Minnesota State Demographic Center
Slidedeck: ORGANIZING for a Complete Count
The Census creates valuable data. Make sure your elected leaders know how your community has grown (or declined) since the last census.
Find it here: https://sdcclearinghouse.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/ccc-ppt-1-31-18.pdf

What is the Census Planning Database? webinar

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What is the Census Planning Database? webinar
The Census Planning Database pulls together small area population and socioeconomic variables relevant to public outreach and engagement. It’s available as a data file and an API. Census Bureau is developing a ROAM app for mapped presentations of the data. Webinar from January 17, 2018.
Find it here: http://dlvr.it/QBm7Hw

Preparing for Local Update of Census Addresses webinar

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The State Data Center Program hosted a webinar, November 29, 2017, on preparing for Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA), from the viewpoint of state and local governments participating in the review.

This webinar provides an overview of the LUCA process, followed by information on identifying and preparing local address sources, using the block level housing unit counts available from Census, and tools to assist with local address file development.

The presenters are Robert Scardamalia and Dale Miller. Robert Scardamalia served as New York’s Chief Demographer for over 20 years, and was a member of the SDC Steering Committee ahead of the 2000 an 2010 Censuses. Dale Miller is the Principal Planner with the Herkimer and Oneida Counties (New York) Planning Program. He has been involved with each census since 1990, and participated in his region’s LUCA review in 2000 and 2010.

The complete slidedeck from November 29 can be downloaded as a PowerPoint file.

Acknowledgements: The SDC Steering Committee thanks Robert Scardamalia and Dale Miller for delivering this presentation; Census Bureau for hosting the live webinar; and Minnesota State Demographic Center for repackaging this webinar as YouTube videos.

This webinar is the second in a series of Plan to Plan for 2020 webinars organized by the SDC Steering Committee and hosted by the SDC Program.

Building the State Data Center brand

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One of our network goals is to build awareness of the great population analysts, demographers, and data pros working at State Data Centers around the country. As opportunities arise, we’re presenting State Data Center products and materials alongside those of the Census Bureau. And we’re publicizing the SDC brand.

Government leaders are an important audience right now. States, counties and cities, tribal governments and regional agencies all have a stake in the 2020 Census, and the broader collection of Census products.

This fall, the Steering Committee has been in contact with the National Association of Regional Councils and the National Conference of State Legislatures. Both organizations wanted to hear about preparations for 2020 and partnerships between states and Census programs. We were happy to fill out their agenda, matching these organizations with state demographers who could address their national meetings. (Thank you, Lloyd Potter, Texas State Demographer, and Jeff Hardcastle, Nevada State Demographer, for representing the SDC network at these meetings!)

We are looking for similar opportunities — other national meetings and associations interested in the State Data Center network story.  If you have a connection to the program committees or boards of other national groups, please contact Todd Graham, or any SDC Steering Committee member. We want to make use of those connections.

We’re building the SDC brand in small ways as well.  At our annual training conference in 2016, we distributed a new logo for everyone’s use.  (Thank you, Montana Department of Commerce, for this in-kind contribution to the network!)  Many States are now using that logo.

The SDC Program does expect that each State Lead agency maintain a webpage identifying your role as a State Data Center, and identifying how the public can make contact and access more information. We recommend using the SDC logo alongside your own. Also, the State Lead’s webpage should include a list of Coordinating and Affiliate agencies in your State network, with contact information.

Expectations for Coordinating and Affiliate agencies are more flexible, and vary by state. SDC Coordinating and Affiliate agencies are welcome to use and publicize the SDC logo, brand, and online resources.

2018 will be a busy year for Census partners. Keep up the good work, everyone!