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 describes the results of the test for revised versions of the Mode of Commute and Time of Departure for Work questions.
Others in Series
2016 ACS Content Test: Round 2 Cognitive Testing
Learn more about the feedback gathered during Round 2 of cognitive testing the revised questions for the 2016 Content Test.
2016 American Community Survey Content Test: Class of Worker
Results from the 2016 ACS Content Test of the questions about Class of Worker and Employer Name.
2016 American Community Survey Content Test: Weeks Worked
Results from the 2016 ACS Content Test of the question about Weeks Worked