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ACS Update and ACS 2006 Content Test. Susan Schechter Chief, American Community Survey Office SDC/BIDC and FSCPE Joint Session March 26, 2007. FY07 Budget Update. Budget includes full funding for conducting the ACS in the U.S. and Puerto Rico - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • ACS Update and ACS 2006 Content Test Susan Schechter Chief, American Community Survey Office SDC/BIDC and FSCPE Joint SessionMarch 26, 2007

  • FY07 Budget UpdateBudget includes full funding for conducting the ACS in the U.S. and Puerto RicoHousehold data collection, processing, and data productsGroup quarters data collection, processing, and data products2007 Methods Panel Test

  • 2007 Methods Panel TestEvaluating questionnaire design (grid vs. sequential)Testing to reduce data collection costsTesting two versions of a new field of degree question

  • FY08 Budget UpdateIncludes funding to support all FY07 activities, and also:Training for field staff related to 2008 ACS content changes (questionnaires, phone, personal visit, and GQ instruments)Production of three-year data products (2005-2007) for all geographic areas with populations of 20,000 or greater2008 Methods Panel Test

  • 2008 Methods PanelFocuses on tests to increase data collection efficienciesTesting to increase response from non-English-speaking householdsTesting to increase mail response rates in Puerto Rico

  • 2006 Methods PanelACS test questionnaires were mailed to a sample of approx. 62,000 households in March 2006 Split-ballot designCAPI non-response follow-up and content re-interviews

  • Quality MeasuresQuality measures for each tested question or topic were determined in advanceDid the test version exceed the topic-specific selection criteria?If test version did no harm, does ACS gain any operational benefits from using the test version?If the test version did no harm, and ACS can realize only minimal operational benefits, does the test version address data uses or provide more detail not currently available?

  • Federal Agency ParticipationInteragency Committee for the ACS participated in the development of test questionsSubcommittees were formed to look specifically at improving questions and response categoriesEvaluation approach and quality measures were described at various meetings and input was received

  • Proposed 2008 ACS Content ChangesShort form items will be consistent with 2010 Census changesOther item changes will be based on the results of the 2006 ACS Content TestThree new questions may be addedSeasonal Residence topic and Veteran Years of Service question will be deleted

  • 2006 ACS Content Test8 housing topics were tested 12 detailed person topics were tested 3 new questions were tested Health Insurance Coverage Marital HistoryVeterans Service-connected Disability

  • Proposed 2008 Content Changes Housing Questions8 topics were testedProposed changes to 5Year BuiltRooms and BedroomsPlumbing and Kitchen Facilities, Telephone ServiceFood Stamp BenefitProperty Value

  • Plumbing and Kitchen Facilities, Telephone Service 2007 Content2008 Content

  • Proposed 2008 Content Changes Detailed Population Questions12 topics were testedProposed changes to 7CitizenshipSchool EnrollmentEducational AttainmentResidence One Year Ago (Migration) DisabilityEmployment Status SeriesWeeks Worked

  • Disability 2007 Content2008 Content

  • Proposed 2008 Content ChangesNew Questions3 topics were testedHealth Insurance CoverageVeterans Service-connected DisabilityMarital History

  • Health Insurance Coverage

  • Marital History

  • Veterans Service-connected Disability

  • 2006 ACS Content Test Results2006 Content Test Report SeriesEach report provides a full description of:The 2006 Content TestTopic-specific research objectives, methodology, and empirical resultsReports located at:http://www.census.gov/acs/www/AdvMeth/content_test/content_test_06.htm

  • Decision and Implementation ProcessFederal Register Notice has been submitted Census Bureau will submit proposed 2008 ACS content to OMB by mid-May 2007Final OMB approval expected by mid-July 2007Implementation of changes: January 2008

  • Contact [email protected] Census Bureau301-763-8950