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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 practics 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

  • Plan to Plan for the 2020 Census: Part 1 webinar (1/1/2017)

    New from North Carolina SDC
    Plan to Plan for the 2020 Census: Part 1 webinar
    The “Plan to Plan” webinar series will provide sessions on specific 2020 Census programs and operations. Numerous state-based partners are involved, and the series will discuss the possible roles of SDCs and their state networks. Webinar from December 13, 2016.
    Find it here: https://census.webex.com/census/ldr.php?RCID=6bc0d001423c92205eee344eae2bbdee

  • Preparing for Local Update of Census Addresses webinar (12/26/2017)

    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.

  • What is the Census Planning Database? webinar (2/1/2018)

    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

  • Mapping Hard to Count Communities webinar recording (6/21/2018)

    New from Center for Urban Research CUNY
    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

Upcoming: Continuing the series

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

  • Organizing a Complete Count Committee. TBA, September 2018.
  • Lessons Learned from Experienced PSAP Participants. TBA, November/December 2018.
  • Census’s Address Database Work After LUCA: What’s next? Proposed, 2019.
  • FSCPE’s 2020 Count Review. Proposed, 2019.
  • 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.

Recap of the 2018 SDC Annual Conference

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2018 State Data Center Annual Conference
April 9-11, 2018
Providence, RI

 

AGENDA MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2018

Note: The 15 presentations linked below will download as PowerPoint files.

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Conference Registration

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Welcome and Introductions
• Lakiva Pullins, Branch Chief, Data Users Branch
• Todd Graham, SDC Chairperson
• Introduction of New Committee Member(s) and Officers
• Misty Reed, Acting Division Chief, Customer Liaison and Marketing Services Office
• Stephen Buckner, Assistant Director for Communications Division

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM 2020 Census Integrated Communications Plan
• Kaile Bower, Chief, Integrated Partnership & Communication Branch

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM BREAK

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM Findings from 2016-2017 Census Tests
• Jennifer W. Reichert, Assistant Division Chief, Nonresponse, Evaluations, and Experiments, Decennial Census Management

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM 2020 LUCA Updates, Group Quarters Inventory, and PSAP
• Jennifer Holland, Chief, Partnership Communications and Outreach Branch, Geography Division

11:15 AM – 11:45 PM 2020 Residence Criteria
• Jason Devine, Assistant Division Chief, Census Programs Area, Population Division
• Steven Wilson, Chief, Population and Housing Program Branch, Population Division

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM LUNCH

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM  Census Solutions Workshop Toolkit
• Lorena Molina-Irizarry, Deputy Branch Chief, Enterprise Partnership

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM BREAK

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM 2020 Discussion – What are the SDCs doing?
• Dan Veroff, WI, SDC Steering Committee
• Jennifer Shultz, PA, SDC Steering Committee
• SDC Leads Panel – Walter Schwarm (CA), Jan Vink (NY), Suzan Reagan (NM), Bob Coats (NC)

4:30 PM Meeting Adjourn

AGENDA TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2018

8:15 AM – 8:45 AM Census Information Centers Overview
• Melanie Poulter, CIC Steering Committee Chairperson

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM 2017 Economic Census Update
• Kim Moore, Chief, Economy Wide Statistics Division
• Charles Brady, Branch Chief, Respondent Management and Promotion Branch, Economic Management Division

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM BREAK

10:00 AM – 11:15 AM Field Partnership and 2020 Complete Count Committees
• Sydnee Chattin, Assistant Division Chief, Decennial Support Programs, Field Division
• SDC Leads Panel – Liz Brooks (AK), Mallory Bateman (UT), Erica Gardner (WA)

11:15 AM – 12:00 AM 2020 Census Redistricting Program
• James Whitehorne, Branch Chief, Redistricting Office and Voting Rights Office

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM LUNCH

1:00 PM – 2:45 PM Center for New Media & Promotion (CNMP) and Center for Enterprise Dissemination and Services and Consumer Innovation (CEDSCI)
• Alexandra Figueroa, Chief, Web and New Media Branch, Center for New Media & Promotion
• KaNin Reese, Branch Chief, CEDSCI, Dissemination Outreach Branch

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM BREAK

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM Update and Overview of Administrative Records for ACS and Administrative Records for 2020 Census
• Thomas Mule, Special Assistant to the Chief, Decennial Statistical Studies Division
• Victoria Velkoff, Division Chief, American Community Survey Office

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM SDC Business Meeting

5:00 PM Meeting Adjourn

AGENDA WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Breakout by Region
Questions for SDC/DDB roundtable discussion

  1. What is the DDS staff approach in regard to disseminating Census Bureau data and program information to his/her assigned area?
  2. Name one or two specific areas or tasks where we can collaborate.
  3. What are you planning to do to support the 2020 data collection operation?
  4. In terms of the relationship between the SDCs and DDS/DDB, what is working well? What needs to be changed?
  5. We would like to ‘crowdsource’ suggestions for strategic national partnerships. Who should we prioritize from your perspective and what would be the ‘top three’ partners you would suggest working with and why?

9:30 AM – 11:30 AM SDC 40th Anniversary

• Topics for Next Annual Meeting
• Brief History of SDC Program
• Presentation of Awards – Todd Graham

11:30 AM Meeting Adjourn

Applied Demography Toolbox

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New from Eddie Hunsinger
Applied Demography Toolbox
This Applied Demography Toolbox is a collection of applied demography computer programs, scripts, spreadsheets, databases and texts. If you would like to use, share or reproduce information or ideas from the linked files, be sure to cite the respective source.
Find it here: http://www.demog.berkeley.edu/~eddieh/toolbox.html

Tasks and Responsibilities of SDC Lead Agencies

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New from NIU Center for Governmental Studies
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

Workbook: ORGANIZING Complete Count Committees

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New from Minnesota State Demographic Center
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://sdcclearinghouse.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/ccc-workbook-1-29-18.pdf

Indiana’s 2020 Census website

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New from Indiana SDC
Indiana’s 2020 Census website
This site is for Hoosiers by Hoosiers to provide timely information on Census 2020.
Find it here: http://www.census.indiana.edu/

Refresher on Census’s embargo data access program

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Many of you have embargo data access privileges with the Census Bureau. This post is a refresher on the rules associated with the embargo access program.

Your embargo data access privileges allow you to download, review and analyze data prior to its public release. This early access enables you to provide relevant and accurate assistance. Access privileges also allow you to prepare a local news release to coincide with the Census Bureau’s release.

If you have embargo data access privileges, this access is for you alone. It is not to be shared with anyone.

Within your SDC, if there are co-workers who need embargo access, these co-workers can request their own embargo data access login. To discuss this possibility, please contact any member of the SDC Steering Committee.

Some SDC coordinating agencies have access. Please share this email with them, as they are subject to the same rules.

With this access, certain rules apply. The embargo policy is online, here: www.census.gov/newsroom/embargo/embargo-policy.html
 

Embargo access is granted on an individual basis only and cannot be shared with unapproved colleagues or associates

Embargoed news releases and data files may not be released to the public by any means (including print, broadcast, Internet, podcast, blogs, or in any other form) before the specified date and time of release. Failure to adhere to this embargo policy will result in the removal of embargo privileges of the reporter (or SDC participant) as follow:

  1. First breach – six-month suspension of embargo privileges.
  2. Subsequent breach – one-year suspension of embargo privileges. Reinstatement must be requested in writing …

The Census Bureau, through its Public Information Office, reserves the right to deny access to embargoed information to any entity that abuses embargo privileges.

If an embargo is broken, the Census Bureau will immediately release the data to the public and a notification will be sent alerting data users that the information is now available to the public.

The Associate Director for Communications or his designee has final approval on all matters pertaining to embargo access.

If you have questions about appropriate use of embargo data, please ask Census Bureau staff.

Finally, if you know of co-workers or SDC coordinating or affiliate colleagues who need embargo access, please contact any member of the SDC Steering Committee to discuss.

Thanks for your attention to this!

Regards,

The SDC Network Steering Committee