Reflections on the 2020 Census National Hub Reports Project

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The Democracy Funders Collaborative Census Subgroup engaged ORS Impact in March 2020 to design and implement a participatory evaluation approach with national organizations that conducted and supported 2020 census Get Out the Count (GOTC) outreach to historically undercounted communities through message and materials development, field communications, technical assistance, and more. The national organizations became known as “national hub” organizations. The participatory evaluation process culminated in private reports for each participating national hub organization to document each organization’s work to help them identify and institutionalize lessons learned and accomplishments that could also help propel future civic engagement and census work.

In Reflections on the 2020 Census National Hub Reports Project, ORS Impact provides reflections based on their experience, overall key takeaways on the process, and feedback they received from hub organizations on the utility of the report. The interview protocol, partner survey, and an example of the final designed hub report are included as appendices.

For reference, more than 30 institutions served as national hubs. A list of the national hubs can be found in our previous report, Together We Count: Assessing Efforts to Support a Fair and Accurate 2020 Census, here.

Click here to download the full reflection memo: Reflections on the 2020 Census National Hub Reports Project

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This report is part of a series to assess the work undertaken by the philanthropic and nonprofit community to promote a fair and accurate 2020 census. This includes qualitative and quantitative research by ORS Impact and Barsoum Policy Consulting, vignettes describing the census activities undertaken in each of the states, lessons learned from digital efforts, and more. These reports are hosted on the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation website. Each was commissioned by the Democracy Funders Collaborative Census Subgroup as an independent voice describing the work that was undertaken related to the 2020 census.