Tips and Documentation

Plan to Plan for 2020 webinar series

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The “Plan to Plan” webinar series provides orientation and training on specific 2020 Census programs and operations. Numerous state-based partners are involved, and the series will discuss the possible roles of SDCs and state networks. Our presenters include both Census Bureau program managers and state-based experts, invited to present their experience, best practices and tips for successful state involvement.

The “Plan to Plan” webinar series is organized by the SDC Steering Committee, and hosted by program staff at Census Bureau. Comments, suggestions and volunteers are invited. You can contact Jennifer Shultz, Pennsylvania SDC, or any Steering Committee member.

Webinar recordings

Upcoming: Continuing the series

Additional webinars are being planned. This list of topics is subject to change, additions, and rescheduling.

  • Building Custom Reports with APIs. Proposed, 2019.

The “Plan to Plan” webinar series is organized by the SDC Steering Committee, and hosted by program staff at Census Bureau. Comments, suggestions and volunteers are invited. You can contact Jennifer Shultz, Pennsylvania SDC, or any Steering Committee member.

Mapping Hard to Count Communities webinar recording

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Mapping Hard to Count Communities webinar recording
In this webinar, part of the Plan to Plan for 2020 webinar series, Steven Romalewski provided an overview of the Mapping Hard to Count Communities site. In addition, he shared his experience working with the Census Planning Database for this and other projects. Steven Romalewski serves as Director of the CUNY Mapping Service at the Center for Urban Research, CUNY Graduate Center.
Find it here: https://census.webex.com/census/ldr.php?RCID=d490e4d8495676ffb6ca4dfe6c1d61d0

Census Solutions Workshop Toolkit

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WHAT THIS IS

A solutions workshop is a creative, collaborative, problem-solving event that brings together diverse thinkers.
The Census Solutions Workshop is specifically geared to generate new ways of communicating the importance of census data, reaching hard-to-count populations, and encouraging participation in Census Bureau surveys and programs.
The workshop consists of a specific series of activities based on a design thinking methodology that help participants get to know each other, set ambitious goals, think outside the box, brainstorm with others, and quickly develop proposals for new solutions to engage communities in the census.
This toolkit is a step-by-step guide to planning and running a successful Census Solutions Workshop.

WHO IT’S FOR

We designed this toolkit for any organization, company, or community group invested in getting out the count— and seeking creative collaborations and new ideas for doing so.

WHY IT MATTERS

A complete count ensures accurate census data that is critical for government programs, policies, and decision-making, but participation in Census Bureau surveys has declined in recent decades.
The Census Bureau has always relied on partners like you to help spread the word. We want to support you in coming up with innovative and engaging ways to reach your communities.

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Census Solutions Workshop Toolkit (5 Meg Word Document)

MORE INFORMATION?

Contact census.partners@census.gov

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

What is the Census Planning Database? webinar

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New from US Census Bureau
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