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 help determine the future ACS content and to assess the expected data quality of revised questions and new questions added to the ACS.
This report presents the test results of a new version of the questions on Industry and Occupation.
Others in Series
2010 ACS Content Test Eval. Report Covering Parental Place of Birth
This report describes the results of testing the parental place of birth questions in two locations on the ACS questionnaire.
Testing a New Field of Degree Question for the ACS
Results of the proposed addition of field of degree as tested in the 2007 American Community Survey Methods Test.
2016 ACS Content Test: Round 1 Cognitive Testing
Learn more about how the Census Bureau started gathering feedback on potential questions for the 2016 Content Test.