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2016 American Community Survey Content Test: Race and Hispanic Origin

Jacquelyn Harth

From February to June of 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau conducted the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS) Content Test, a field test of new and revised content. The primary objective was to test whether changes to question wording, response categories, and definitions of underlying constructs improve the quality of data collected. Both new and revised versions of existing questions were tested to determine if they could provide data of sufficient quality compared to a control version as measured by a series of metrics including item missing data rates, response distributions, comparisons with benchmarks, and response error. The results of this test will be used to assess the expected data quality of revised questions and new questions added to the ACS.

This report discusses the testing and results for Race and Hispanic Origin. 


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