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  • Fact Sheet
At a macro level, the 2010 Census appeared to be close to perfect. The Census Bureau reported a net national overcount of 0.01% in 2010, a number not statistically different from zero. Similarly, no state had a statistically significant net undercount, according to Census Bureau estimates. But the apparent precision can be misleading and doesn’t tell the whole story. This Fact Sheet discusses what we know about census accuracy and why it matters to funders and their grantees.

Census Update: What’s in Store for 2017?

In January 2017, a new President and a new Congress will take the nation’s federal governing reins. The implications of the 2016 elections for public policy are vast and largely unknown. But there are a few things we know for certain: The Trump Administration will oversee the 2020 Census, and the new Administration and 115th Congress are positioned to influence key policy decisions affecting the next constitutionally required population count and related American Community Survey (ACS). We hope the broad, consequential nature of these decisions will spur funders to support an accurate 2020 Census and robust ACS through investments in policy work and get-out-the-count campaigns. Here are the major issues to watch in the coming months.

Member Resource Census Public Opinion Poll Results

Get up to speed on public opinion research on the Census including best practices for talking about the Census and the American Community Survey (ACS), messages that work best for different demographic groups, and other data on the Census and ACS.

Member Resource FCI Presents: Celinda Lake on Census Public Opinion Research

  • Recording
Learn about public opinion research on the Census by Celinda Lake of Lake Research Partners. This briefing will provide you guidance on best practices for talking about the Census and the American Community Survey (ACS), which messages work best for different demographic groups, and other data on the Census and ACS.

Member Resource The Census Policy Framework: Field + Communications Actions

  • Fact Sheet
With the decennial census just a few years away, a number of key policy decisions are being made that will determine whether we have a fair and accurate census. This framework provides advocacy strategies for policies that support a full enumeration and for protection of the American Community Survey (ACS).

Census Update: Measuring A Diverse America in the 2020 Census

When Americans fill out their 2020 Census forms, they will have more choices for identifying their race, ethnicity, and national origin than ever before. It is almost a cliché: we are an increasingly diverse nation — a factor that permeated much of the 2016 election dialogue. No wonder, then, that the census questions on race and ethnicity generate more interest, scrutiny, criticism, and debate than any others.

Census 2020 Action Plan

Like many other institutions in the United States, foundations rely on census data to craft policies, plan initiatives, deliver services and promote economic and social justice. The Democracy Funders Collaborative Census Subgroup has developed two resources to help ensure a fair and accurate census as required by the U.S. Constitution.