Change and the 2020 Census
NOT WHETHER BUT HOW
Thomas M. Cook, Janet L. Norwood, and Daniel L. Cork, Editors
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Suggested citation: National Research Council. (2011). Change and the 2020 Census: Not Whether But How. Panel to Review the 2010 Census. Thomas M. Cook, Janet L. Norwood, and Daniel L. Cork, eds. Committee on National Statistics, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
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PANEL TO REVIEW THE 2010 CENSUS
THOMAS M. COOK (Co-Chair), Independent Consultant,
JANET L. NORWOOD (Co-Chair), Independent Consultant,
Geospatial and Population Studies Program, University of New Mexico
Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
Esri, Redlands, CA
IVAN P. FELLEGI,
Statistics Canada (emeritus), Ottawa
ARTHUR M. GEOFFRION,
Anderson School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles (emeritus)
Graduate School of Geography, Clark University
DAVID R. HARRIS,*
Office of the Deputy Provost and Department of Sociology, Cornell University
MICHAEL D. LARSEN,
Department of Statistics and Biostatistics Center, George Washington University
GEORGE T. LIGLER,
Private Consultant, Potomac, MD
Office of Research and Methodology, National Center for Health Statistics
JUDITH A. SELTZER,
Department of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
C. MATTHEW SNIPP,
Department of Sociology, Stanford University
JOHN H. THOMPSON,
National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago
DANIEL L. CORK, Study Director
CONSTANCE F. CITRO, Senior Program Officer
MICHAEL L. COHEN, Senior Program Officer
ANTHONY S. MANN, Program Associate
COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL STATISTICS 2010–2011
LAWRENCE D. BROWN (Chair),
Department of Statistics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
JOHN M. ABOWD,
School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University
Department of Statistics, Iowa State University
Oracle Corporation, Waltham, MA
V. JOSEPH HOTZ,
Department of Economics, Duke University
Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
Department of Statistics, Indiana University, Bloomington
Science and Technology Policy Institute, Washington, DC
Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
Department of Biostatistics, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh
Division of Health Policy Research and Education, Harvard University
SAMUEL H. PRESTON,
Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania
Department of Statistics, University of California, Irvine
Joint Program in Survey Methodology, University of Maryland, and Survey Research Center, University of Michigan
Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School
CONSTANCE F. CITRO, Director
The Panel to Review the 2010 Census wishes to thank the many people who have contributed to its work during its first year of operation and to this first interim report. The Census Bureau, under the leadership of director Robert Groves and deputy director Thomas Mesenbourg, has been willing and eager to engage with the panel, for which we are grateful; at the U.S. Department of Commerce, under secretary for economic affairs Rebecca Blank and deputy under secretary Nancy Potok supported the work of the panel. Kevin Deardorff very ably served as the panel’s primary liaison with the Bureau for the latter half of the panel’s first period of work, as did Sally Obenski in the panel’s formative days. Early support from and interactions with Daniel Weinberg (assistant director for decennial census and American Community Survey), Frank Vitrano (chief, Decennial Management Division), and Tim Trainor (chief, Geography Division) were critical in getting the study started. We thank all those Census Bureau staff who contributed their time and talents to the panel’s plenary meetings and activities, among them: Patrick Cantwell, Robert Colosi, Arnold Jackson, Gail Leithauser, Brian McGrath, Patricia McGuire, Adrienne Oneto, Michael Palensky, Robin Pennington, Dean Resnick, Dennis Stoudt, and Michael Thieme.
Between February and November 2010, panel members and staff conducted 58 site visits to local census offices, regional census centers, data capture centers, and other locations to observe 2010 census field operations in progress (see Appendix B for a listing). We will say more about these visits and the impressions drawn from them in our later reports but, in this first public report, we would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the temporary census field staff we encountered during these visits and thank them for their service and dedication to a difficult job, their patience in answering our every question, and their candor.
At the panel’s request, 2011 census program manager Marc Hamel from Statistics Canada participated in a Census Bureau brainstorming session on response options in November 2009. In May 2010, Hamel and assistant chief statistician Peter Morrison hosted a wide-ranging briefing for a working group of the panel on Canadian census operations and the development of Internet response options in Canada. We thank them and the other talented Statistics Canada staff with whom we have spoken, and we look forward to further interactions as the 2011 census of Canada unfolds.
Arnold Greenland (IBM) and Larry Stone (Metron) accepted our invitation to participate in a brainstorming session with Census Bureau staff and a working group of panel members in November 2009 on modern operations engineering and technology insertion in the census context; we thank them for their contribution to that session. We also thank Roger Tourangeau (Joint Program in Survey Methodology, University of Maryland and University of Michigan) for his participation in two of the panel’s site visits and, in so doing, helping to act as a point of contact between the panel and our parent Committee on National Statistics.
We would like to thank Constance Citro and Michael Cohen for their active participation in our panel meetings; their knowledge and expertise on census history and processes were extremely helpful during our deliberations of the panel. Anthony Mann provided timely and excellent logistical support for all our meetings and field trips and took care of the many details necessary for the panel to function effectively. Study director Daniel Cork did and continues to do an outstanding job of helping to lead the panel. He has done an extraordinary job of documenting the panel’s field visits, summaries which have been instrumental in giving the entire panel the benefit of learning from every trip even if he or she was unable to make the trip. He also did a masterful job of drafting this first report and making the appropriate changes in response to the comments of the reviewers.
Finally, it has been a pleasure interacting with the other members of the panel who are extremely talented, knowledgeable, focused, and highly motivated to understand the census process in depth with the goal of improving the quality and cost effectiveness of the 2020 census.
This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the Report Review Committee of the National Research Council. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making the published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We thank the following individuals for their participation in the review of this report: Peter Bajcsy, Image
Spatial Data Analysis Group, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and Data Analytics and Pattern Recognition, Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts and Social Science (I-CHASS), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Don A. Dillman, Social and Economic Sciences Research Center, Washington State University; C.A. (“Al”) Irvine, Consultant, San Diego, CA; Sallie Keller, Science and Technology Policy Institute, Washington, DC; Benjamin F. King, Statistical Consultant, Durham, NC; Edward B. Perrin, Professor Emeritus, Department of Health Services, University of Washington; Robert J. Willis, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan; and Kirk M. Wolter, Executive Vice President, National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.
Although the reviewers listed above provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Philip J. Cook, ITT/Sanford Professor of Public Policy Studies, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, and Charles F. Manski, Board of Trustees Professor in Economics, Department of Economics, Northwestern University. Appointed by the National Research Council, they were responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.
Thomas M. Cook, Co-Chair
Janet L. Norwood, Co-Chair
Panel to Review the 2010 Census