Tuesday, February 24, 2015

US Bureau of Census testing in 2015

Lyn Bentley

The US Census Bureau is conducting tests in 2015 that they believe could significantly improve the upcoming 2020 Census. Census tests are scheduled for April 1, 2015 in Maricopa County, AZ and Savannah, GA area.

According to the Census Bureau, the tests will explore new ways for the population to respond to the once-a-decade census, as well as more cost effective ways for census takers to follow up with households that fail to respond. Federal law requires individuals to participate in the U.S. Census. Nursing centers, assisted living communities, ICFs/IID, waiver group homes, and ID/DD residential services in these two areas of the country may be part of the testing. To learn more about these tests, go to: http://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/2015-tests.html

 Also, a national content test will take place from August to November 2015. According to the Bureau of Census, the 2015 National Content Test has three primary objectives:

      1) Evaluate and compare different census content, including race and Hispanic origin, relationship, and within-household coverage.

       2) Test different contact strategies for encouraging households to respond and, specifically, to respond using the less costly and more efficient Internet response option.

       3) Test different options for offering non-English materials, to provide language support for respondents with limited English proficiency.

 As referenced for the above April 1, 2015 tests, the National Content Test may also impact nursing centers, assisted living communities, ICFs/IID, waiver group homes, and ID/DD residential services.

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