Monthly Archive for March, 2012

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House Oversight Hearing: Voluntary ACS

The Pros and Cons of Making the Census Bureau’s ACS Voluntary
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
March 6, 2012

[Hearing website]

The Honorable Ted Poe | U.S. Congressman, R Texas (2nd)
[sponsor of H.R. 931]

Robert Groves | Director of the Census Bureau

Andrew G. Biggs | American Enterprise Institute

Laurence Yun | National Association of Realtors

Patrick Jankowski | Greater Houston Partnership

State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World

Cities are failing children, UNICEF warns
Source: UNICEF

From Press Release (PDF):

Urbanization leaves hundreds of millions of children in cities and towns excluded from vital services, UNICEF warns in The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World.

Greater urbanization is inevitable. In a few years, the report says, the majority of children will grow up in towns or cities rather than in rural areas. Children born in cities already account for 60 per cent of the increase in urban population.

“When we think of poverty, the image that traditionally comes to mind is that of a child in a rural village,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “But today, an increasing number of children living in slums and shantytowns are among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable in the world, deprived of the most basic services and denied the right to thrive.”

Report website includes tables, figures, videos and other related content.
Full report (PDF)
Executive Summary (PDF)

The American Mosque: Basic Caracteristics of the American Mosque, Attitudes of Mosque Leaders

Report Number 1 from the US Mosque Study 2011
By: Ihsan Bagby
Source: Faith Communities Today

From Press Release:

A comprehensive study of mosques and the attitudes of mosque leaders in the United States released today indicates that the number of American mosques increased 74 percent since 2000 and that Islamic houses of worship are ethnically-diverse institutions led by officials who advocate positive civic engagement.

A coalition of major American Muslim and academic organizations released the report, titled “The American Mosque 2011: Basic Characteristics of the American Mosque, Attitudes of Mosque Leaders,” at a news conference this morning at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

The report is the first part of the larger U.S. Mosque Survey 2011 to be published. To conduct the survey, researchers counted all mosques in America and then conducted telephone interviews with a sample of mosque leaders. (The study has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent.)

Full text (PDF)

Stop the Voluntary Response Option for the ACS

[Source for this is a Data Alert from the Association of Public Data Users (APDU)]

On Tuesday, March 6 at 9:30 AM, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Health Care, District of Columbia, Census, and the National Archives, will hold a hearing on H.R. 931, a bill to make participation in the American Community Survey voluntary. Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) is the bill’s sponsor. [More on the RNC and the ACS in a previous post.]

Organizations interested in providing feedback on the proposed bill should direct written comments to Yvette Cravins, staff to subcommittee ranking member Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL), and John Cuaderes, staff to Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC), for the official hearing record no later than Monday, March 5.

Census Bureau research relevant to a voluntary ACS response option:

Exploratory Analysis of the Differences in American Community Survey Respondent Characteristics Between the Mandatory and Voluntary Response Methods
Michael Ikeda, Julie Tsay, and Lynne Weidman | Census Bureau
January 17, 2012

Comparison of the American Community Survey Voluntary Estimates versus Mandatory Estimates
Alfredo Navarro, Karen E. King, and Michael Starsinic | Census Bureau
September 27, 2011

Quality Measures Associated with a Voluntary American Community Survey
Deborah Griffin and David Raglin | Census Bureau
July 28, 2011

Cost and Workload Implications of a Voluntary American Community Survey
Deborah Griffin | Census Bureau
May 18, 2011