Census Advisory Committees Add Value

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Written by: John H. Thompson

Twice a year, during the spring and fall, something special happens at Census Headquarters. This is when Census Advisory Committees meet in Suitland, Maryland to discuss issues and provide real-world perspectives on how our work impacts some of our most critical needs.

I believe that the Census Bureau’s core mission of providing the highest-quality statistics about our nation’s people, places, and economy must involve public input and include a wide variety of perspectives. America’s diversity and constantly-changing landscape makes these advisory committees more important than ever to the Census Bureau.

For over 50 years, the Census Bureau has sought counsel from a wide variety of people. Their perspectives shape how we conduct our business. Census Advisory Committees provide real-time advice about 2020 Census priorities and innovations, including the use of administrative records, Internet response options, American Community Survey content, and race and ethnicity.

I greatly value the expertise from our partners on the Census Scientific Advisory Committee and the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations (NAC). Their members volunteer significant time to helping the Census Bureau find cost-effective solutions to our challenges. Their assessments shape how we interact with the American public, from survey design to implementation and help us provide quality data on hard-to-count populations. We make better decisions because of them.

The Census Bureau tells America’s story through statistics. Between now and July 17, the Census Bureau is requesting nominations for people to serve on the NAC. If you or someone you know would be a good addition to our advisory committee, please see our Federal Register notice for more information on how to apply. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

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