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Memorandum 2020.05: 2020 Census Detailed Operational Plan for the Post-Enumeration Survey (PES) Operations

Memorandum 2020.05

This memorandum documents the plan for the Post-Enumeration Survey (PES). The PES is an interrelated set of operational activities intended to allow the Census Bureau to evaluate coverage of the 2020 Census and provide data to improve future censuses. The Census Bureau conducts the PES to measure the coverage of housing units and people residing in housing units in the 2020 Census.

Specifically, this plan describes an overview of the PES and the three operations that make up the PES:

  • The Coverage Measurement Design and Estimation operation (CMDE)
  • The Coverage Measurement Matching operation (CMM)
  • The Coverage Measurement Field Operations (CMFO)

The 2020 Census Memorandum Series

The 2020 Census Memorandum Series documents significant decisions, actions, and accomplishments of the 2020 Census Program for the purpose of informing stakeholders, coordinating interdivisional efforts, and documenting important historical changes.

A memorandum generally will be added to this series for any decision or documentation that meets the following criteria:

  1. A major program level decision that will affect the overall design or have significant effect on 2020 Census operations or systems.
  2. A major policy decision or change that will affect the overall design or significantly impact 2020 Census operations or systems.
  3. A report that documents the research and testing for 2020 Census operations or systems.

Visit 2020census.gov to access the Memorandum Series, the 2020 Census Operational Plan, and other information about preparations for the 2020 Census.


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