Public Meeting Registry

Major Unit: Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Subunit: Committee on National Statistics
Project Unit:
Meeting Name: Workshop on the Benefits (and Burdens) of the American Community Survey
Meeting Start: 6/14/2012Meeting End:6/15/2012
Location: National Academies (Keck Center)
Comment: The U.S. Census Bureau requested that the Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) convene this workshop on the benefits to a broad array of non-federal users of the data products from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS). The workshop will also address the burden on the American public of responding to the ACS questions. A workshop on the benefits of the ACS is timely because the survey has just completed its first full cycle of releasing 1-year,
3-year, and 5-year period estimates (for 2009, 2007-2009, and 2005-2009, respectively), and there is need to take stock of user experience with the data and to identify priority uses for the future. The workshop is part of a larger review the Census Bureau is conducting to assess the overall mission, vision, goals, and objectives of the ACS. The Bureau’s review also includes examining the data products along with the methods for conducting and managing the survey.


For more information, Please contact:
Contact: Daniel Cork
Contact Affiliation: CNSTAT
Phone: (202) 334-2573


Preliminary meeting agenda:

Brief Agenda
Keck Center, Room 100
Workshop runs afternoon of June 14 and continues full day of June 15


1:00pm Call to Order

A. How Will the American Community Survey (ACS) Help Us Plan Health Care and Transportation for the Future?

2:45 B. How Will the ACS Help Us Respond to Disasters and Plan Social Services in the Future?

3:45 C. ACS and the Media: Communicating Estimates (and Uncertainty) to the Public

5:00 Adjourn Day 1


8:45 Call to Order

D. The Burdens of the ACS: A Panel Discussion of Respondent Burden, Privacy, Confidentiality Concerns, and User Burden

10:30 E. State/Local/Tribal and Urban/Rural Uses of ACS Data

1:00 F. Business, Economic Development, and Data Aggregator Uses of ACS Data

3:00 G. Legal/Political and Social Equity Uses of ACS Data

4:15 H. Wrapping Up: The Future of ACS Data

5:00 Planned Adjournment