This blog post by Wilder Research Executive Director Paul Mattessich, describes the consequences of the May 2012 U.S. House of Representatives vote to eliminate funding for the American Community Survey, and significantly reduce the Census Bureau's overall budget, for sound research and decision-making. Minnesota-based Wilder Research is part of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit health and human service organization that assists thousands of people each year through direct service programs, research, leadership and community capacity building. Wilder's Minnesota Compass project tracks and analyzes trends that affect the quality of life in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region - important work that wouldn't be possible without objective, reliable and comprehensive data.
The Association of Public Data Users (APDU) held a webinar on private sector uses of the American Community Survey (ACS). Census Project Co-Director Terri Ann Lowenthal gave an update on the status of ACS funding and oversight in Congress. Her remarks are available on APDU's website.
Senate Testimony of Dr. Andrew Reamer on ACS. On July 18, 2012 Dr. Reamer testified before a subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. In his testimony, Dr. Reamer focused on the American Community Survey.
Fact Sheet on ACS. The Census Project has prepared a one-page fact sheet detailing what the elimination of the American Community Survey will mean to communities throughout the country. Please feel free to circulate the fact sheet to friends, allies and colleagues.
A description of how the questions on first the long form decennial census and then the American Community Survey have changed and evolved beginning with the first decennial census. By the acclaimed Census historian Margo Anderson.
A brief description of both the myriad ways in which the American Community Survey is used and the many groups, individuals, and levels of government that use the survey. It includes many links to outside sources and further information about just how vital and useful the ACS is.
Audio and Visual Webinar on the Applications of the American Community Survey for Reporters
On April 10, 2012, The Census Project coordinated a 50-minute audio and visual webinar for media covering census issues and data base reporters on how to use the information from the American Community Survey for local/state reporting. This call featured:
Terri Ann Lowenthal, former staff director, U.S. House of Representatives Census Subcommittee
D'Vera Cohn, Senior Writer, Pew Research Center
Mary Jo Hoeksema, Public Affairs Specialist, Population Association of America/Association of Population Centers
The Target Corporation has 300,000 workers in 49 states. A short video produced by he U.S. Census Bureau, featuring officials of Target, details how the company uses ACS data for marketing its products everyday.
In late September 2011, Mary Jo Hoeksema, director of government affairs at the Population Association of America and a co-director of the Census Project, gave a presentation on the legislative history of the American Community Survey (ACS) and the challenges that lie ahead in Congress in order to assure that the ACS has adequate resources to meet its mission.