2020 Faithful Census

In past censuses, millions of children, people of color, low-income people and immigrants have gone uncounted -- perpetuating systemic racism, undermining political representation, and underfunding resources we all use, everything from hospitals to roads to schools for the next 10 years. That is why Faith in Public Life put together a one minute video to explain the importance and encourage people to participate: check it out and share!

Tips for Talking to Journalists About Disinformation & The 2020 Census

With the 2020 Census set to take place against the backdrop of manipulation in today's hyper-networked media ecosystem, journalists will likely be eager to report on disinformation threats to the decennial count. In some cases, however, reporting on disinformation actually causes more harm than good, in that news media can amplify disinformation to a wider audience and, in turn, undermine public trust. To minimize the impact disinformation may have on the 2020 Census, you might consider strategically engaging the media using the following tips.

New Confidentiality Protections & the Implications for Data Users

The Census Bureau is modernizing its confidentiality protections for census responses. At the heart of this new approach is a mathematical definition of confidentiality called “differential privacy.” This fact sheet provides a brief and limited introduction to differential privacy, outlines the implications of the changes for data users, and encourages stakeholders to provide feedback to the Census Bureau. This fact sheet is published by the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality and its partners, Data & Society and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

The 2020 Census & the Environment Factsheet

Census data are critical for advancing environmental justice and climate action. Researchers, advocates, and policymakers rely on accurate census data to identify the disparate impacts of the climate crisis, enforce an array of environmental protections, and ensure programs meet the needs of diverse communities. This fact sheet is published by the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality and its partners, WE ACT for Environmental Justice and the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation.

How Nonprofits Can Ensure an Accurate Census Count

Nonprofits can play a critical role in ensuring an accurate census count by making sure temporary census workers do not lose their public benefits, while working for the Census Bureau. Research from past advocacy campaigns demonstrates that residents are more responsive to answer the door for people from within their community. However, members of the hard to count community are often ineligible to work even temporarily as census enumerators without losing their public assistance. Each state agency that administers TANF, SNAP, Medicaid, or CHIP must elect to opt into a waiver process that protects the benefits of temporary census workers. Read this factsheet to find out more about the waiver process, and what you can do to ensure agencies in your state are opting in.