Criteria and Considerations for Assessing Proposed Research Topics and Questions


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?


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).

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