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The Census Bureau’s Suggested Topics for Research

The following chart was provided to the panel by the Census Bureau as a partial summarization (augmented by several other reports and presentations) of their deliberations as to the research topics that should be considered for either experimentation during the 2010 census or evaluation shortly after. The leftmost column provides an identification key for each topic along with a short series of either questions or a brief discussion that defines the topic. The next block of columns provides criteria that should be used to help rank these topics, initiated by a high-medium-low ranking of the resulting importance of the topic. The criteria are anticipated impacts on cost, quality of data, whether the topic would require a new census component process, and whether it was accomplishable. Finally, the last block of columns provides information on whether the topic was better suited to 2010 or 2020 and whether a census environment was needed to assess alternatives to current census processes.



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–A– The Census Bureau’s Suggested Topics for Research The following chart was provided to the panel by the Census Bureau as a partial summarization (augmented by several other reports and pre- sentations) of their deliberations as to the research topics that should be considered for either experimentation during the 2010 census or evaluation shortly after. The leftmost column provides an identification key for each topic along with a short series of either questions or a brief discussion that defines the topic. The next block of columns provides criteria that should be used to help rank these topics, initiated by a high-medium-low ranking of the resulting importance of the topic. The criteria are anticipated impacts on cost, quality of data, whether the topic would require a new census com- ponent process, and whether it was accomplishable. Finally, the last block of columns provides information on whether the topic was better suited to 2010 or 2020 and whether a census environment was needed to assess alter- natives to current census processes. 265

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282 INTERIM REPORT Criteria and Considerations for Assessing Proposed Research Topics and Questions Criteria: Cost (Big Payoff) – [Yes/No] Will results potentially lead to substantial cost savings in the 2020 Census? Quality – [Yes/No] Could results conclusively measure effects on data quality? New to Census – [Yes/No] Does the question address operations that are new since Census 2000, experienced significant procedural change, or experienced significant issues during Census 2000? Accomplishable – [Yes/No] Will data be available to conclusively answer the question? Will there be a high demand of resources to address and answer the question? Are complex or untested methods foreseen to address and answer the question? Considerations: For 2010 – [Yes/No] Is this research question intended to assess an operation in the 2010 Census? For 2020 – [Yes/No] Is this research question intended to assess a 2010 Census operation to inform the 2020 Census? Census Environment Required? [Yes/No] SOURCE: 2010 Census Program for Evaluations and Experiments—Appendix to Summaries of Suggested Research (planning document shared to the panel by the U.S. Census Bureau, April 13, 2007).