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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Independent Scientific Advisory Group Releases Report on Assessment of 2020 Census Data Quality Processes

Press Release Number CB21-CN.17

FEB. 23, 2021 — Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released a report authored by JASON titled, “Assessment of 2020 Census Data Quality Processes.” In this report, JASON (an independent scientific advisory group):

  • Provides additional recommendations and insights on how to ensure and provide quality data metrics.
  • Identifies strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for data quality assessments and metrics.
  • Gives recommendations on how to communicate important aspects of data quality metrics that accompany the release of 2020 Census data products.

In order to aid the writing of this report, and to get the most useful recommendations possible, the Census Bureau briefed JASON in early January about a range of 2020 Census operations, including field data collection, schedule changes, software development and testing, administrative records usage, imputation, data quality indicators, and ongoing post-data collection processing activities. These processing activities will determine state population counts, apportionment, and redistricting, among other data points. The Census Bureau will continue to assist external specialists to independently review the operational aspects and quality metrics of the 2020 Census.

The Census Bureau is grateful for JASON’s timely proposals and is working to implement the proposed recommendations.

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No news release associated with this report. Tip Sheet only.



Veronica Vaquer
Public Information Office


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