Presentation on theme: "Conducting the 2010 Census in New Jersey Fernando E. Armstrong, Regional Director Tony Farthing, Regional Director Philadelphia Region New York Region."— Presentation transcript:
Conducting the 2010 Census in New Jersey Fernando E. Armstrong, Regional Director Tony Farthing, Regional Director Philadelphia Region New York Region U.S. Census Bureau New Jersey State Data Center Annual Network Meeting June 2, 2009 New Brunswick, NJ
Our Job is to Count Everyone – Once! Constitutional Mandate 130 million housing units Thousands of group quarters Language challenges Coverage challenges Its In Our Hands….
Residency Rules Guide Where People are Counted Count People Once, Only Once, and in the Right Place Usual Residence-where you live or sleep most of the time (i.e., college students, etc.)
NEW JERSEY LOCAL CENSUS OFFICES Local Offices to Open: Atlantic County Monmouth County Bergen County(2) Ocean County Essex County Passaic County Hudson CountyUnion/ Middlesex 4 Camden (Open Now) Trenton (Open Now) Rocky Hill (Open Now) Hoboken (Open Now)
Address List Development Questionnaire Delivery Group Quarters Enumeration Language Assistance Recruitment Efforts Partnership Efforts Major Census Activities in a Nutshell Major Census Activities in a Nutshell
Regional Operations Early ELCO Open Houses April to July 2009 – Address Canvassing Operation managed by ELCOs Systematically canvass all census blocks looking for living quarters Collect updated addresses, geographical features, and spatial information Record updates on hand-held computer Verify updates provided by local governments in 2008 Ensure a complete list for the 2010 Census
Questionnaire Delivery Questionnaire Delivery Questionnaires are delivered or mailed to all housing units in March 2010 March 8-10Advance Letter March 15-17Questionnaire March 22-24Reminder Postcard APRIL 1, 2010CENSUS DAY April 6-15Replacement Questionnaire
Regional Operations Group Quarters Enumeration Group Quarters is the counting of persons in hospitals, college/university dormitories, military barracks, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, etc. Group Quarters Advance Visit begins November 2009 Group Quarters Verification begins February 2010 Group Quarters Enumeration begins April 2010
Decennial Census Program Update Service-Based Enumeration (SBE) Service-Based Enumeration (SBE) is conducted at service locations to provide an opportunity for people experiencing homelessness to be included in the census. These service locations include: Shelters for people experiencing homelessness, soup kitchens, regularly scheduled mobile food vans, and Targeted non-sheltered outdoor locations. Census Bureau has designated : March 29, 2010the one day to enumerate shelters for people experiencing homelessness, March 30, 2010 to enumerate soup kitchens and regularly scheduled mobile food vans, and March 31, 2010 to enumerate targeted non-sheltered outdoor locations.
Decennial Census Program Update Additional Operations That Can Count People Experiencing Homelessness Be Counted/Questionnaire Assistance Centers (BC/QAC) People experiencing homelessness are also included in a variety of other living arrangements and will be enumerated during other 2010 Census operations.
Language Assistance Spanish / English Questionnaire Telephone Questionnaire Assistance English Spanish Chinese Korean Vietnamese Russian Language Assistance Guides (51+ languages) Language Identification Flash Cards (51+ languages) Multilingual Enumerators Questionnaire Assistance Centers Be Counted sites (6 languages)
Recruitment Efforts Large operation Local Census Office Management Positions - Fall 2009 Non-response Follow-up/Enumerators – Fall 2009 to April 2010 Approximately 3 million applicants needed Toll-free Jobs Line – Recruiting Website Recruitment Advertising Local recruiting and testing Multilingual applicants needed
Partnership Efforts Complete Count Committees Promotional materials Specialized outreach to hard-to-count populations and communities Special Events – parades, festivals, community events Groundwork activities in 2008 and early 2009 Mobilization of partners from mid-2009 through spring national staff from January 2009 onward
What Can Partners Do? Develop strategic mobilization campaign plans Strategize with regional partnership staff in joint outreach efforts Convene a 2010 Census Kick-off with key leaders Motivate high-level community leaders to support census Mobilize community-specific Complete Count Committees Urge local constituents to apply for a census job Educate constituents about importance of being counted Publicize census participation through communication networks Publicize census participation at community-specific festivals, parades, and special events Create and distribute 2010 Census promotional materials
Census Communications Plan Integrated campaign contractor team led by DraftFCB and a dozen+ sub-companies The campaigns goals are to: Increase mail response. Improve overall accuracy and reduce the differential undercount. Improve cooperation with enumerators. The campaign components will include: National TV, radio, and print. Local radio and print. Earned Media Interactive media and recruitment efforts. Target Audiences: Diverse America- all persons who consume English language media Black Hispanic Asian American Indian and Alaska Native Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT A REGIONAL CENSUS CENTER Philadelphia RCC coverage area = Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean, Salem counties **New York RCC coverage area = Bergen, Essex, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren counties 17 Philadelphia Region* Philadelphia Regional Census Center 1234 Market St., Suite 340 Philadelphia, PA New York Region** New York Regional Census Center 330 West 34 th Street – 13 th Floor New York, NY