Realizing the Potential of the American Community Survey: by Panel on Addressing Priority Technical Issues for the Next

By Panel on Addressing Priority Technical Issues for the Next Decade of the American Community Survey,Committee on National Statistics,Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education,National Research Council

The American neighborhood Survey (ACS) was once conceptualized in its place to the census lengthy shape, which gathered particular inhabitants and housing info from a pattern of the U.S. inhabitants, as soon as a decade, as a part of the decennial census operations. The lengthy shape was once typically the most resource of socio-economic details for components under the nationwide point. the information supplied for small parts, resembling counties, municipalities, and neighborhoods is what made the lengthy shape detailed, and what makes the ACS particular this day. because the winning transition from the decennial lengthy shape in 2005, the ACS has develop into a useful source for lots of stakeholders, really for assembly nationwide and nation point info wishes. besides the fact that, because of insufficient pattern sizes, an immense problem for the survey is generating trustworthy estimates for smaller geographic components, that is a priority as a result of the targeted position fulfilled by way of the lengthy shape, and now the ACS, of supplying facts with a geographic granularity that no different federal survey may provide. as well as the first problem linked to the reliability of the estimates, this can be additionally a great time to evaluate different elements of the survey on the way to determine possibilities for refinement in keeping with the adventure of the 1st few years.

Realizing the opportunity of the yankee group Survey offers enter on methods of bettering the ACS, concentrating on precedence components: determining equipment which could enhance the standard of the information to be had for small parts, and suggesting alterations that may bring up the survey's potency in responding to new information wishes. This record considers adjustments that the ACS place of work may still give some thought to over the process the following couple of years that allows you to additional enhance the ACS info. The concepts of Realizing the possibility of the yank neighborhood Survey can help the Census Bureau increase functionality in numerous components, which could eventually bring about more desirable info items because the survey enters its subsequent decade.

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