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Why the Census Matters for Women & Girls

Census data help guide the distribution of federal funds for programs that serve millions of women and girls with low incomes. The data also help us make decisions about how to support women, girls, and their communities. This fact sheet, published jointly with the National Women’s Law Center, highlights barriers to fairly and accurately counting women and girls in the decennial census and programs that could be impacted by an inaccurate count.

Webinar: Census and Data

This webinar discusses census and data security, diving deeper into how the Census Bureau will be addressing security challenges on the first ever online census questionnaire. We also discuss how the Census Bureau keeps census data confidential and how census data are used to allocate federal funding.

Webinar: Best Practices and Staying Legal: Census Phone and Texting Outreach

As we approach the 2020 Census, many organizations nationally and locally are planning to use phone calls and peer-to-peer texting programs to Get Out The Count. The Census Bureau recently released guidance around outreach that seemed to prohibit utilizing such tactics to drive responses to the Census 2020. However, this messaging does not fully reflect the outreach options that organizations have when promoting participation in the Census. To ensure that everyone stay in compliance while maximizing census outreach, the Census Counts coalition is hosting a webinar to walk through what the guidance means, what organizations can and cannot do, and some best practices from the field.

Counting People in Correctional Facilities

Many people living in group quarters, such as correctional facilities, are at risk of being undercounted in the 2020 Census. This Group Quarters Operation fact sheet provides advocates and stakeholders with an overview of how people living in correctional facilities will be counted during the 2020 Census.

Counting Military Personnel

Many people living in group quarters, such as military personnel, are at risk of being undercounted in the 2020 Census. This Group Quarters Operation fact sheet provides advocates and stakeholders with an overview of how different types of military personnel will be counted during the 2020 Census.

Counting People in Health Care Facilities

Many people living in group quarters, such as health care facilities, are at risk of being undercounted in the 2020 Census. This Group Quarters Operation fact sheet provides advocates and stakeholders an overview of how people living in health care facilities, including nursing, residential treatment, psychiatric, and hospice facilities, will be counted during the 2020 Census.

Counting People Living in Crisis & Interim Housing

Many people living in group quarters, such as crisis and interim housing, are at risk of being undercounted in the 2020 Census. This Group Quarters Operation series fact sheet provides advocates and stakeholders with an overview of how people living in crisis and interim housing will be counted during the 2020 Census.

Counting People in Colleges & Universities

Many people living in group quarters, such as colleges and universities, are at risk of being undercounted in the 2020 Census. This Group Quarters Operation fact sheet provides advocates and stakeholders with an overview of how people living in college and university-run housing will be counted during the 2020 Census.

An Introduction to the 2020 Census

A guide that gives a brief explanation of the Census and answers questions from the LGBTQ community about the name, sex, relationship, and household size questions. It also highlights the questions on the Census and breaks down some of the questions.

TOOLKIT: Holidays and the 2020 Census

The holidays are just around the corner, and it's a great time to talk about the Census! Whether your family is completely new to the Census or they're worried about the citizenship question, the toolkit "Dinner Table Tips for the Holidays" will give you the answers you need to get your folks counted.

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!

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.

#CountMeIn

Communities that don’t get fully counted in 2020 will miss out for the next ten years. This is the time to get involved. The Census counts. So do you.

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Doing census outreach? Visit our COVID-19 page for organizing resources, updates from the Census Bureau, and guidance on how to adjust your census outreach to keep yourself and your community safe.