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The 2017 Census Test allowed the Census Bureau to research new methods and advanced technologies to improve data collection during the 2020 Census. The test was designed to evaluate ways to optimize self-response methods using the internet— the most efficient and least costly response option. The 2017 Census Test utilized web-based technology, such as the internet, smart phones, and tablets to improve question designs, and to optimize reporting. The test also tested potential tribal enrollment questions.

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About the 2020 Census

The goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone once, and only once, and in the right place.

The Decennial Census is the largest civilian mobilization and operation conducted in the United States and requires years of research, planning, and development of methods and infrastructure to ensure an accurate and complete count.

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