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Why Are Some Census Surveys Mandatory?

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Written by: Director Robert Groves In an earlier post, I commented on the mandatory nature of some of the Census Bureau surveys.  Congress has directed over time that some surveys and censuses produce such important information to the country that … Continue reading

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How Good was the 2010 Census? A View from the Post-Enumeration Survey

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Written by: Director Robert Groves Last week, the Census Bureau released the results of our post-enumeration survey, called “Census Coverage Measurement (CCM).” The results showed that the 2010 Census had a net overcount of 0.01 percent, meaning about 36,000 people … Continue reading

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How do we Conduct a Post-Enumeration Survey?

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Written by: Director Robert Groves Post-enumeration surveys are complicated beasts, but their basic features can be communicated simply. The 2010 post-enumeration survey measures the separate components of census coverage as well as the net coverage error. In other words, we … Continue reading

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A Future Without Key Social and Economic Statistics for the Country

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Written by: Director Robert Groves Our country faces important federal funding challenges linked to the current recession and its aftermath. On the Census Bureau’s part, we have been striving to cut administrative costs, reengineer our survey processes, and find innovative … Continue reading

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How Good was the 2010 Census?, Part 3

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Written by: Director Robert Groves As prior blogs have noted, there are 3 ways to evaluate the quality of a census: 1) process indicators that describe the operations, 2) comparisons with other estimates of population size, and 3) a sample … Continue reading

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