Census 2020

Preparing for Census 2020: Resources You Can Use

$10.7 billion. That is the amount of federal funding that Connecticut receives for roads, schools, public works, and other vital assistance programs. This funding amount is based on data gathered during the 2010 decennial Census. Yes, you read that correctly. A few short questions shape funding for critical community services for the next 10 years. With the 2020 decennial Census happening this Spring, it is important for communities to work together to make sure that everyone is counted. We rely…

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Differential Privacy: Assessing 2020 Concerns using 2010 Census Data

Do you use census data to understand who lives in your community? To estimate the need for funding? Or to plan programs and policies? Much of the news surrounding the 2020 Census focuses on ensuring a complete count by working with communities with low response rates. But the data users’ community, including the Connecticut Data Collaborative (CTData), has been grappling with another critical question: What would less accurate census data in 2020 mean for your program or community? This question…

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Census 2020 Update: The Latest News from Connecticut’s Complete Count Committees

With 111 days until Census Day 2020 (April 1, 2020), the clock is ticking and communities must be ready to count everyone. That was the message that reverberated throughout the room during the December 10th Connecticut Complete Count Committee meeting, held at the State Capitol. This meeting brought together state leadership, Local Complete Count Committee (LCCC) representatives, service organizations, funders, and Census Bureau staff to brainstorm how to reach hard-to-count populations such as young children, those living in group quarters,…

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Online vs. Paper: New Census Tool Reveals How Communities Will Receive 2020 Census

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to census communications. Each community will require its own nuanced plan, and although the online census form is making its debut in 2020, it’s imperative to consider inequities in access to technology and the potential barriers to census completion that this presents. For example, not all Connecticut households have access to the internet—in fact, around 200,000 households still do not have Internet access or have dial-up only. When strategizing about community outreach, it’s important to…

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Collaborations Essential for a Complete Census Count in 2020

Having a complete and accurate count of Connecticut communities during the 2020 Census is not merely an ambition—it’s a necessity. The information collected will determine how federal funding is allocated to Connecticut and will also inform federal and state-level redistricting. In fact, the 2010 Census resulted in nearly $11 billion flowing annually into Connecticut for essential programs and services like schools, transportation, emergency preparedness, and health interventions. The good news: Connecticut is already well underway with planning for the 2020…

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What’s Changing with Census Data Availability? Differential Privacy: What is It and Why it Matters for Census 2020

CTData has traveled state to state on the conference circuit over the past few months. We recently attended the American Community Survey (ACS) Users Data Conference in Washington, DC; the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership Meeting in Milwaukee, WI; the Census State Data Center Conference in Charlotte, NC; and the Association for Public Data Users Conference in Washington DC. One of the most pressing topics of discussion was the 2020 Census and its new differential privacy policies. To help you gain…

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