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Thompson discusses ACS: mandatory vs. voluntary

Census Bureau Director John Thompson delivered the morning keynote on the final day of last week’s Council for Community and Economic Research’s (C2ER) 54th Annual Conference.

As part of his remarks, Thompson discussed the American Community Survey and the implications of the survey being made voluntary versus remaining mandatory. You can watch a  video of his comments here, which includes an analysis of the responses rates and data quality of each scenario:

You can access Thompson’s slides from the keynote.

Thompson addressed concerns about the ACS’s future in a blog post on his Director’s Blog at Census.

Greg Roth is the Deputy Director of APDU.