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ACS Research & Evaluation Program

The Research and Evaluation program conducts research and evaluation projects, including survey methodology research, important for the improvement of the ACS.

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Working Paper
Messaging and Mail Package Assessment Research: Cumulative Findings
Provides key considerations for ACS mail package testing and recommends two alternate mail package designs for field-testing.

Working Paper
American Community Survey Mail Package Research: Online Visual Testing
Presents findings from research on three alternative mail package designs.

Working Paper
Evaluation of the Revised Veteran Status Question in the 2013 ACS
This report evaluates how well the revised veteran status question on the 2013 ACS performed in its ability to capture quality data compared with prior years.

Working Paper
Effect on Item Nonresponse of Changes to Failed Edit Follow-up
Conducted evaluation to understand the effect the cut back in follow-up had on data quality.

Working Paper
ACS Response and Nonresponse Rates for AIAN Geographic Areas
Provides the response, nonresponse, and reason for noninterview for AIAN areas.

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Characteristics of Undeliverable-as-Addressed Addresses in the ACS
Investigate if characteristics of an address in the ACS can predict if a mailing is undeliverable as addressed (UAA) by the USPS.

Working Paper
Testing Alternative Relationship and Marital Status Questions 2013 ACS
Quantitatively tested revised relationship and marital status questions developed through focus groups and cognitive testing.

Working Paper
ACS Messaging Research: Cumulative Findings
Consolidates the findings from each of these research studies aimed at identifying effective messages about the ACS.

Working Paper
Reducing Respondent Burden: Computer Assisted Personal Visit (Part 2)
Detailed information about contact attempts, contacts, and respondent reluctance as measures of respondent burden.

Working Paper
The Effects of Adding an Internet Response Option to the ACS
Describes the full implementation strategy used in the 2013 ACS and the survey response by mode and geography.

Working Paper
Reducing Burden in Computer Assisted Personal Visit - Phase 1 (Part 1)
Provides baseline information about the CAPI data collection that will feed into the additional phases of the respondent burden research.

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ACS Messaging Research: Refinement Survey
Refinement study is the second phase of a two-wave telephone survey study regarding messaging around the ACS.

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2013 Automated Response Cleanup for ACS Internet Open Response Data
Conducted evaluation to assess the Internet open responses that the Automated Response Cleanup (ARC) changed during the first four months of 2013.

Working Paper
Assessment of the Revised Duplication Zone
Goal of evaluation is to determine whether this rule has a negative effect on ACS interview and delete rates.

Working Paper
Response Rates for the January, February, and March 2013 ACS Panels
Evaluation presents the 2013 response rates by mode and defines and computes additional response rates specific to the 2013 mail and Internet modes.

Working Paper
Response Distributions from Self-Administered Modes: Processing Errors
Conducted evaluation to identify and resolve processing error resulting from the implementation of the Internet mode in the 2013 ACS.

Working Paper
Reimputation Methods to Estimate Variances - Group Quarters
Evaluated alternative methods to estimate the variances of ACS estimates of the group quarters population.

Working Paper
Use of Optical Character Recognition to Capture Numeric Write-ins
Examines the use of optical character recognition (OCR) software to capture ACS numeric write-ins and reports on the accuracy of the OCR software.

Working Paper
Multiple Responses and Internet Returns that Identify as Vacant Units
"Conducted evaluation to identify how often respondents provide multiple responses and to provide information that the ACS managers needed."

Working Paper
ACS Messaging Research: Key Informant Interviews
Qualitative study gathers insights from leaders that use data professionally or work for organizations that conduct outreach.

Working Paper
Reducing Respondent Burden: Computer Assisted Personal Visit (Part 1)
Quantify the costs, burden, and quality associated with CAPI contact attempts and identify possible interventions that might reduce respondent burden.

Working Paper
ACS Messaging Research: Benchmark Survey
Research aims to increase participation rates in the ACS and address concerns about whether the ACS is too intrusive.

Working Paper
ACS Messaging Research: Mental Models Research Project
Research provides qualitative information that will produce recommendations to support regional communications and improve outreach.

Working Paper
Messaging Research With Stakeholders Distrustful of Government
Examines what messages or arguments could help motivate individuals who are distrustful of government to self-respond to the ACS.

Working Paper
American Community Survey Item Nonresponse Rates: Mail versus Internet
Conducted evaluation to calculate item nonresponse rates across mail and Internet returns to compare the completeness of returns by mode.

Working Paper
2013 ACS Questionnaire Design Test
Summarizes the results of the Questionnaire Design Test (QDT) focused on two of the four experimental forms tested in QDT.

Working Paper
Daily Self-Response Check-in Rates and Daily Internet Usage Rates
Examines the rate at which we received self-responses in 2013 compared to 2012 and investigates daily Internet usage rates.

Working Paper
American Community Survey 2012 Content Reinterview Survey
Evaluated the reliability of responses to ACS questions by re-contacting a sample of households that responded to the ACS between Jan-Dec of 2012.

Working Paper
Evaluating the Impact of the 2011 Sample Reallocation for the ACS
Evaluation performed to assess the impact of the 2011 Sample Reallocation for the ACS and PRCS.

Page Last Revised - November 19, 2021
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