Since 1790, the U.S. census has been a recurring, essential civic ceremony in which everyone counts; it reaffirms a commitment to equality among all, as political representation is explicitly tied to population counts. Assessing the 2020 Census looks at the quality of the 2020 Census and its constituent operations, drawing appropriate comparisons with prior censuses. The report acknowledges the extraordinary challenges the Census Bureau faced in conducting the census and provides guidance as it plans for the 2030 Census. In addition, the report encourages research and development as the goals and designs for the 2030 Census are developed, urging the Census Bureau to establish a true partnership with census data users and government partners at the state, local, tribal, and federal levels.
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Assessing the 2020 Census: Final Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/27150.
|2 Overview of the 2020 Census||31-48|
|3 Age Heaping as an Indicator of Data Quality||49-68|
|4 Coverage Measurement in the 2020 Census||69-100|
|5 Master Address File||101-144|
|6 Self-Response to the Census||145-170|
|7 Nonresponse Followup||171-200|
|8 Use of Administrative Records for Enumeration in the 2020 Census||201-226|
|9 Measurement of the Group Quarters Population||227-260|
|10 Measurement of Race and Ethnicity||261-290|
|11 Impact of New Confidentiality-Protection Methods on 2020 Census Data Products||291-334|
|12 Learning from 2020, Preparing for 2030||335-360|
|Appendix A: Full List of Conclusions and Recommendations||383-402|
|Appendix B: Glossary and Abbreviations||403-418|
|Appendix C: Additional Detail and Reference on 2020 Census Operations||419-458|
|Appendix D: Extensions of Census Coverage Evaluations||459-468|
|Appendix E: 2020 Census Group Quarters Definitions and Type Code List||469-474|
|Appendix F: Additional Detail and Reference on Data Products and Disclosure Avoidance||475-492|
|Appendix G: Biographical Sketches of Panel Members and Staff||493-502|
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