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Results from 2015 Focus Groups with Enumerators on the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Concept for Census Enumeration

Jessica Holzberg and Casey Eggleston
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In preparation for each decennial census, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a series of large-scale tests focused on evaluating and refining the planned methodology for the upcoming census operation. In 2015, the Census Bureau completed one such test in Maricopa County, Arizona that assessed the Non-Response Follow-Up (NRFU) operations for the 2020 Census. The test incorporated a number of potentially cost-saving innovations, including an exploration of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) concept for enumeration, in which selected enumerators used their personally owned smartphones to download Census Bureau applications in which they recorded respondent information. To evaluate the results, the Center for Survey Measurement (CSM) within the U.S. Census Bureau conducted three focus groups with enumerators who participated in the 2015 BYOD Test. The goal of the focus groups was to gather feedback from enumerators via a group discussion of the BYOD Test, focusing on the areas of training and preparation, field operations, and reimbursement for personal device use.

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