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Accession Number PB2012-114728
Title Observing Census Enumeration of Non-English Speaking Households in the 2010 Census: Spanish Report.
Publication Date Aug 2012
Media Count 47p
Personal Author C. Isabelli S. Lubkemann Y. Pan
Abstract This study was part of an ethnographic research project in the 2010 Census Assessment and Research Program to observe the 2010 Census Nonresponse Followup interviews with households that speak a language other than English, in areas of the U.S. with heavy concentrations of residents with limited English proficiency. A multilingual research team consisting of seven sub-teams in the seven primary languages (Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese) was commissioned to carry out the research in the 2010 Census. The objectives of this research were to identify: (1) how language and socio-cultural factors affect the enumeration of non-English-speaking populations during the Nonresponse Followup interview process; (2) what measures were taken by enumerators to negotiate and maintain access to non-English-speaking households and to collect the required census data from these households; (3) how in-language census materials were used in the field; (4) how non-Englishspeaking immigrant populations perceived and reacted to the census and its public messaging; and (5) what changes, if any, are needed to improve the enumeration process with households that have limited or no English proficiency. Findings from this study will help develop recommendations for planning the 2020 Census, including the Decennial Language Program, questionnaire development, translation of census questions, use of interpreters in enumeration interviews, and interviewer training.
Keywords Census
English as a second language
English language
Ethnic groups
Foreign languages
Nonnative speakers of English
Research project
Socicocultural factors

Source Agency Department of Commerce, Bureau of Census
NTIS Subject Category 92C - Social Concerns
92D - Education, Law, & Humanities
Corporate Author Bureau of the Census, Washington, DC. Center for Survey Measurement.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1226
Contract Number N/A

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