Recommendation 8.4: The Census Bureau should develop a list of studies important to 2010 census planning that can exploit the richness of the Master Trace Sample. These studies should be prioritized and then conducted as resources permit.

Recommendation 8.5: The Master Trace Sample from the 2000 census should be expanded to include data from group quarters enumeration, the Accuracy and Coverage Evaluation, and the Local Update of Census Addresses Program.

Recommendation 8.6: The Census Bureau should explore ways to allow the broader research community to perform analyses using the 2000 Master Trace Sample, subject to confidentiality limitations.

Recommendation 8.7: The Census Bureau should carry out its future development in this area of tracing all aspects of census operations with the ultimate aim of creating a Master Trace System, developing a capacity for real-time evaluation by linking census operational databases as currently done by the Master Trace Sample. Emerging 21st century technology should make it feasible to know almost instantaneously the status of various census activities and how they interact. Such a system should be seriously pursued by the Census Bureau, whether or not it can be attained by 2010 (or even by 2020).



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