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Assistant Division Chief for Census Statistical Support, Decennial Statistical Studies Division, U.S. Census Bureau

Michael Bentley is the assistant division chief for census statistical support in the Census Bureau’s Decennial Statistical Studies Division.

Michael began his career at the Census Bureau in 2001, as a mathematical statistician in the Data Collection and Operations Evaluation Branch in the Planning, Research and Evaluation Division. In 2005, he joined the Census Experiments Branch in the Decennial Statistical Studies Division where he later served as chief from 2014 to 2017. He has worked on a wide variety of experiments and research focused on improving census methodology, including experimental design and analysis for the 2010 Census, statistical analysis of race and ethnicity data, and methods to optimize self-response and encourage online reporting. Recently, he led the planning and design for the extensive experiments and evaluations research that the Census Bureau is conducting to prepare for the 2020 Census. He is considered an expert in self-response research and response rates.

Michael was recently promoted to assistant division chief for census statistical support in the Decennial Statistical Studies Division. In this role, he is responsible for providing statistical support to the division on statistical activities related to the decennial census, responding to internal and external requests for information on statistical methods, working on the Integrated Communications Program and the evaluation of that program for the 2020 Census, and producing response rates and other metrics to monitor and evaluate census operations.

Michael has authored many reports and papers and has presented his work at numerous academic conferences and professional meetings. He earned a Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award in 2011 for his work on the bilingual form stratification to identify the areas that would receive a bilingual English and Spanish paper questionnaire in the 2010 Census. Michael received a master’s degree in survey methodology from the University of Maryland and bachelor’s degree in statistics and psychology from Pennsylvania State University. He also holds a master’s certificate in project management from George Washington University.

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