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At the Census Bureau, we aim to discuss important research in government statistics, and stimulate informed debate. Research ranges from substantive topics of interest in demography, economics and other social sciences, to methodological questions, such as the role of statistical modeling in surveys, designs for the Decennial Census, research on record linkage and confidentiality protection.

Research is more important to us now than ever before. There is increased demand for data products, and the questions asked are becoming more complex and hard to measure.

On the other hand, surveys and censuses are increasingly expensive and challenging to mount. The forum will describe research at the Census Bureau that is essential to reconciling these tendencies.

In certain postings, opinions and conclusions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Census Bureau. All results have been reviewed to ensure that no confidential information is disclosed.

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Research Matters Blog
Investigating Alternative Methods to Estimate Time Use Behaviors
May 18, 2016  
Time diary surveys collect information about the different activities the survey respondents participate in throughout the pre-selected diary day, including a general description of the activity and the amount of time spent in each activity.

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Implementing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in a Survey Organization
May 15, 2016  
When interviewers administer a survey in a Computer Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI) mode, survey organizations like the U.S. Census Bureau incur great costs acquiring and maintaining devices such as laptops, tablets or cell phones for interviewers to use in the field.

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Methodological Challenges and Opportunities in Web Survey Usability Evaluation
May 15, 2016  
As a scientific investigation, evaluation of web survey usability requires sound methodology.

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Advancements in Cross-Cultural and Multilingual Questionnaire Design and Pretesting
May 14, 2016  
Several U.S. Census Bureau employees with the Center for Survey Measurement’s Language and Cross-Cultural Research Group will be presenting in a special panel at the American Association for Public Opinion Research conference in Austin, Texas, this May.

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Communicating Data Use and Privacy: In-Person Versus Web-Based Methods for Message Testing
May 14, 2016  
Communicating messages about privacy, data use and access, and confidentiality is critical to earning and keeping the trust of respondents and to ensuring their willingness to participate in surveys.

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Continuing to Explore the Relationship Between Economic and Political Conditions and Government Survey Refusal Rates: 1960 to 2015
May 14, 2016  
Survey programs are operating in a difficult climate. Response rates for a number of major government surveys have declined. Among them is the Current Population Survey, where the response rate has fallen below 90 percent.

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Identifying Hard-to-Survey Populations Using Low Response Scores by Census Tract
May 14, 2016  
The U.S. Census Bureau’s Planning Database is a publicly available data set derived from the 2009-2013 American Community Survey (ACS) and 2010 Census data.

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Validating Self-Reported Health Insurance Coverage: Preliminary Results on CPS and ACS
May 14, 2016  
Many federal, state and private surveys include questions that measure health insurance coverage.

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Digital Advertising: Encouraging Participation in the Decennial Census
May 13, 2016  
The U.S. Census Bureau conducted a test of digital advertising and other communications techniques as part of the 2015 Census Test in the Savannah, Ga., test site.

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How Effective is a Prenotice Letter in Increasing Self-Response?
May 12, 2016  
Research shows that using a prenotice letter is effective in increasing survey response.

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Medicaid Data Helps Improve Small Area Health Insurance Estimates
May 12, 2016  
Medicaid enrollment figures are among the key data inputs for the Census Bureau’s Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) of the number of uninsured for all U.S. counties and states.

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Reducing Respondent Contact Burden in the American Community Survey
May 12, 2016  
Medicaid enrollment figures are among the key data inputs for the Census Bureau’s Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) of the number of uninsured for all U.S. counties and states.

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Survey Research Today and Tomorrow
May 12, 2016  
The U.S. Census Bureau conducts many surveys that involve probability samples of households and businesses using frames such as the Master Address File and the Business Register.

Research Matters Blog
Join Us at the Annual American Association for Public Opinion Research
May 10, 2016  
The U.S. Census Bureau conducts many surveys that involve probability samples of households and businesses using frames such as the Master Address File and the Business Register.

Research Matters Blog
STEM Training and Early Career Outcomes of Female and Male Graduate Students
May 10, 2016  
The U.S. federal government contributed nearly $38 billion for university-based research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in 2014.

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