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Estimating Outreach Costs for Hard-to-Count Communities

States will play an important role in helping to promote an accurate 2020 Census, but they can’t do it alone. Achieving a fair and accurate 2020 Census will require states to invest in community-based organizations (CBOs) as partners to ensure that trusted voices in local communities reach skeptical people about why it is important to fill out the census form.

Use this data table to estimate how much money would be needed to ensure a robust self-response and non-response follow-up outreach strategy by community-based groups in each state.

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How State Legislators Can Ensure That Every Person Counts

This brief was co-authored by Common Cause, State Innovation Exchange (SiX), and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Here you will find a selection of policy solutions, messaging guidance, and additional resources to support census preparation in your state. This brief is meant to serve as a starting point for thinking about census legislation and communication and is not meant to supersede direct discussions with local experts and advocates.

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Improving Data to Capture a Multiethnic America

This report seeks to identify and document specific civil rights uses of census race and ethnicity data and evaluate the consequences of possible changes in the collection and reporting of those data. We hope our partners throughout the country benefit from the report’s narrative and associated resources, as we work to advance our collective goal of ensuring a fair and accurate 2020 census.

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How Business Can Contribute to an Accurate 2020 Census

In 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau, will, for the first time, be encouraging residents to complete an online questionnaire to reduce the overall cost of the census, although paper and phone options will still be available. This provides new opportunities to utilize cost-effective, internet-based tactics to encourage employees, customers and the public to participate early.

Many segments of the population have been more difficult to enumerate in previous counts. These include young children, rural households and communities of color. Companies who interact with these populations as employees or customers can help achieve a complete census by encouraging them to respond early. Below are a sample of actions companies can consider.

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Municipal Action Guide: Preparing for the 2020 Census

It is never too early to begin planning for the 2020 Census, but we must note that the Census Bureau has not finalized all census operations, while others are subject to refinements based on the 2018 End-to-End Census Test (essentially a “dress rehearsal”) and additional recent research. This guide should serve as a high-level primer to help local leaders better understand the importance of a decennial census and what they can expect over the next two years. The guide is designed to be read either cover-to-cover or by flipping through its contents as a reference guide.

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Will Your Kids Count? Young children and their families in the 2020 Census

Young children – defined as children under age five – have been undercounted for decades, disadvantaging their families, communities, and neighborhoods. In the 2010 Census, the net undercount rate for young children was 4.6 percent, and more than 2.2 million in this age group were not included in the census results. This is a higher net undercount rate than for any other age group. Even among other children, those under five years old are more likely to be missing from census data.

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