REDUCING RESPONSE BURDEN IN THE
AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY
Proceedings of a Workshop
Thomas J. Plewes, Rapporteur
Committee on National Statistics
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
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This activity was supported by the U.S. Census Bureau through Contract No. YA1323-15-CN-0025. Support of the work of the Committee on National Statistics is provided by a consortium of federal agencies through a grant from the National Science Foundation (No. SES-1024012). Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of any organization or agency that provided support for the project.
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STEERING COMMITTEE FOR WORKSHOP ON RESPONDENT BURDEN IN THE AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY
LINDA GAGE (Cochair), Demographic Research Unit, Department of Finance, State of California (retired)
JOSEPH SALVO (Cochair), Population Division, New York City Department of City Planning
DAVID DOLSON, Social Survey Methods, Statistics Canada
JOHN ELTINGE, Office of Survey Methods Research, Bureau of Labor Statistics
DAVID HUBBLE, Statistical Staff, Westat
JULIA LANE, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University
NANCY MATHIOWETZ, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (emerita)
BRIAN HARRIS-KOJETIN, Study Director
MICHAEL COHEN, Senior Program Officer
AGNES GASKIN, Administrative Assistant
COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL STATISTICS
LAWRENCE D. BROWN (Chair), Department of Statistics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
FRANCINE BLAU, Department of Economics, Cornell University
MARY ELLEN BOCK, Department of Statistics (emerita), Purdue University
MICHAEL CHERNEW, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School
JANET CURRIE, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
DONALD DILLMAN, Social and Economic Sciences Research Center, Washington State University
CONSTANTINE GATSONIS, Department of Biostatistics and Center for Statistical Sciences, Brown University
JAMES S. HOUSE, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan
THOMAS MESENBOURG, U.S. Census Bureau (retired)
SUSAN MURPHY, Department of Statistics and Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan
SARAH NUSSER, Office of the Vice President for Research, Iowa State University
COLM O’MUIRCHEARTAIGH, Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago
RUTH PETERSON, Criminal Justice Research Center, Ohio State University
ROBERTO RIGOBON, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
EDWARD SHORTLIFFE, Department of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University and Arizona State University
CONSTANCE F. CITRO, Director
BRIAN HARRIS-KOJETIN, Deputy Director
This workshop was the culmination of an intense period of scoping, planning, and development on the part of the staff of the U.S. Census Bureau and the Committee on National Statistics of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, as well as the volunteer members of the workshop steering committee to consider the challenges and opportunities for reducing respondent burden of the American Community Survey (ACS), which is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2-day workshop, held in March 2016, included a wide range of experts and stakeholders. It also marked the beginning of a challenging series of expert meetings conducted during the spring of 2016 on various topics pertaining to understanding and controlling for the burden imposed on respondents by the ACS.
The knowledgeable contributions of Census Bureau staff, especially Mark Asiala, Judy Belton, Donna Daily, Todd Hughes, Amy O’Hara, Elizabeth Poehler, David Raglin, Jennifer Reichert, Deborah Stempowski, Anthony Tersine, and Victoria Velkoff throughout this process were very much appreciated.
The workshop was developed with the input and guidance of our exceptionally dedicated and productive fellow members of the steering committee. Selected for their individual expertise on the ACS and the subject matter under consideration, the steering committee met via several telephone conference calls over a 3-month period to design the workshop. The members of the steering committee are commended for their contributions to the enterprise.
These proceedings are the main product of the workshop. This report was prepared by an independent rapporteur whose charter was to distill the gist of the presentations and the essence of the discussions. The steering committee’s role was limited to planning and convening the workshop. The views contained in the report are those of individual workshop participants and do not necessarily represent the views of all workshop participants, the planning committee, or the National Academies.
This workshop summary 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 Academies. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process.
We thank the following individuals for their review of this workshop summary: Linda Gage, consultant, Sacramento, CA; Linda A. Jacobsen, U.S. Programs, Population Reference Bureau; Sarah M. Nusser, Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology and Office of the Vice President for Research, Iowa State University; Susan Schechter, senior fellow, NORC at the University of Chicago; and Daniel H. Weinberg, principal, DHW Consulting.
Although the reviewers listed above provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they did not see the final draft of the workshop summary before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Sarah M. Nusser, Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology and Office of the Vice President for Research, Iowa State University. Appointed by the National Academies, she was 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 rapporteur and the institution.
Linda Gage, Cochair
Joseph Salvo, Cochair
Steering Committee for Workshop on
Respondent Burden in the American Community Survey
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