At the request of Congress, the U.S. Census Bureau conducted research in 2002 and 2003 to determine whether the American Community Survey (ACS) could be implemented as a voluntary, rather than a mandatory, survey. The Census Bureau designed a test to answer key questions on mail response, survey quality, and costs. U.S. Census Bureau (2003) and U.S. Census Bureau (2004) document key findings from that test. This report provides updated information about the costs and workloads associated with a voluntary ACS based on more current ACS cost and workload data.
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Testing Alternative Relationship and Marital Status Questions 2013 ACS
Quantitatively tested revised relationship and marital status questions developed through focus groups and cognitive testing.
Simulating the Effect of Filtering on 5-Year Estimates
Assessment focused on what would happen if standard ACS filtering rules were applied to the 5-year MYES data and adjusted 2005-2007 weighted data.
2011 ACS Internet Tests: Results from Second Test in November 2011
Summarizes results of second ACS Internet test to determine the best way to present the Internet mode in the ACS mailings to maximize self-response.