Monthly Archives: July 2010

“Quality” as Used in Science and “Quality” as Used in Public Discourse

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Written by: Director Robert Groves Much of the work of the Census Bureau is embedded in a culture of science. The notions of quality of our work are derived from scientific principles. Our language to describe our products uses scientific … Continue reading

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Telephone Assistance Line is Closing July 30

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Written by: Director Robert Groves Our commitment to a complete count required us to develop different ways to reach everyone. The vast majority of households received a census form in the mail in March, but others had a census form … Continue reading

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How’s the Process of Checking on Vacant And Deleted Addresses Going?

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Written by: Director Robert Groves We began the initial operations for the penultimate operation to enumerate the US population about July 1. The “vacant/delete check,” in Census Bureau jargon, is small, relative to the full nonresponse followup operation, which visited … Continue reading

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Measuring Quality in a Census, Part 3

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Written by: Director Robert Groves An earlier post, “Quality in a Census Part 2,” noted that we have two basic tools to evaluate a census – process-oriented indicators and comparisons to other methods of estimating the population size. This is … Continue reading

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Repairing a Problem, Connecting With Local Leaders

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Written by: Director Robert Groves I spent last Friday visiting with community leaders and census officials in Brooklyn, NY. In one local census office there, some staff reported inappropriate activities, violating our training guidelines among office staff. We investigated and … Continue reading

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