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Title: Costs vs Benefits: The 2014 Content Review of the American Community Survey

  • Speakers: Gary Chappell and Karen King, US Census Bureau
  • Chair: Jennifer Park
  • Date and Time: Tuesday, September 30th
    12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference Center
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  • Sponsor: Methodology Section and Public Policy
  • POC e-mail: gary.b.chappell@census.gov
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The American Community Survey (ACS) is the largest survey in the Nation, annually collecting demographic, social, and economic statistics for small areas and small populations, and providing 1-, 3-, and 5-year data products for virtually every community across the country. In an effort to ensure the least burden on the public at the greatest benefit, the Census Bureau conducted in 2014 a content review of all 72 household and person-based questions on the survey. This discussion will present the results of that review, including the methodological approach used and decision criteria employed. Lastly, we will present the results of the analysis, including any questions recommended as candidates for removal, and next steps in the process to finalize any survey changes.