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Project Title:

Design of the 2010 Census Program of Evaluations and Experiments
PIN: CNST-I-06-05-A        

Major Unit:

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Sub Unit: Committee on National Statistics

RSO: Cohen, Michael

Subject/Focus Area: Behavioral and Social Sciences

Project Scope
The Committee on National Statistics of the National Academies proposes to convene a panel of experts to review the U.S. Census Bureau’s program of research, evaluation, and experimentation for the 2010 census. The panel will consider priorities for evaluation and for evaluation and experimentation in the 2010 census. It will also consider the design and documentation of the Master Address File and operational databases to facilitate research and evaluation, the design of experiments to embed in the 2010 census, the design of evaluations of the dress rehearsal and 2010 census processes, and what can be learned from the pre-2010 testing that was conducted in 2003-2006 to enhance the testing to be conducted in 2012-2016 to support census planning for 2020. Topic areas for research, evaluation, and testing that would come within the panel's scope include questionnaire design, address updating, nonresponse follow-up, coverage follow-up, unduplication of housing units and residents, editing and imputation procedures, and other census operations. Evaluations of data quality would also be within scope, but not assessment of coverage. The panel will conduct its work over a 3-year period, September 2006-September 2009.

The project is sponsored by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The start date for the project is September 30, 2006.

Report 1: Panel expects to deliver a letter report in August, 2007
Report 2: Panel expects to deliver an interim report by March, 2008
Report 3: Panel expects to deliver a final report by September, 2009
Note: (08-07-2007): There have been changes in the project work plan. As of now, there will only be two reports. The first report is expected to be issued as an interim report by fall 2007. The final report will be issued at the conclusion of the project.

Project Duration: 36 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 04/30/2007
 Meeting 2 - 07/16/2007
 Meeting 3 - 04/25/2008
 Meeting 4 - 07/10/2008
 Meeting 5 - 11/10/2008
 Meeting 6 - 02/16/2009
 Meeting 7 - 04/13/2009
 Meeting 8 - 06/01/2009


Reports having no URL can be seen
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Experimentation and Evaluation Plans for the 2010 Census: Interim Report
Experimentation and Testing Plans for the 2010 Census (Letter Report 2009)
Envisioning the 2020 Census