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Although people in the United States have historically been reasonably supportive of federal censuses and surveys, they are increasingly unavailable for or not willing to respond to interview requests from federal—as well as private—sources. Moreover, even when people agree to respond to a survey, they increasingly decline to complete all questions, and both survey and item nonresponse are growing problems.

In March 2016, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a workshop to consider the respondent burden and its challenges and opportunities of the American Community Survey, which is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780309449434
Publisher: National Academies Press
Publication date: 12/29/2016
Pages: 126
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Understanding Response Burden 1

2 Approaches to Reducing Response Burden 5

3 Improving Response by Building Respondent Support 13

4 Using Administrative Records to Reduce Response Burden 39

5 Using Improved Sampling and Other Methods to Reduce Response Burden 55

6 Tailoring Collection of Information from Group Quarters 79

7 Future Directions 91

References 95


A Workshop Agenda 99

B Biographical Sketches of Steering Committee Members and Presenters 105

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