Accession Number PB2013-108863
Title Comparative Ethnographic Studies of Enumeration Methods and Coverage across Race and Ethnic Groups.
Publication Date Mar 2013
Media Count 141p
Personal Author L. Schwede R. Terry
Abstract The mission of the decennial census is to count everyone living in the United States once, only once, and in the right place. Accurate counts are important because census results are used to allocate seats in the House of Representatives, to redistrict, and to distribute around $400 billion in federal funds each year. Fulfilling this mission is daunting in a country that is growing increasingly more diverse and complex. Despite best efforts to count everyone, the U.S. Census Bureau's own record of research shows persistent differential undercounts of some minority populations across decennial censuses, such as among African Americans and Hispanics. Prior ethnographic studies conducted during census data collection operations, but separate from those operations, have identified a range of factors affecting coverage and illuminated how and why they may affect enumeration in some populations. However, previous ethnographic studies have not included systematic observations of live interviews and respondents in an actual decennial census environment.
Keywords African Americans
Census
Data collection
Enumeration
Ethnic groups
Ethnography
Hispanics
Minority groups
Population
Race


 
Source Agency Department of Commerce, Bureau of Census
NTIS Subject Category 92C - Social Concerns
70B - Management Practice
70F - Public Administration & Government
Corporate Author Bureau of the Census, Washington, DC. Center for Survey Measurement.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1320
Contract Number N/A

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