Here’s a quiz for you:
True or False? The American public and business community increasingly view government surveys as a burden.
True or False? The American public and business community increasingly are concerned about privacy issues relating to government records.
If you believe the answer to both questions is True—then what is the path forward for the collection of federal statistical information? Well, do we ever have a session for you at the upcoming APDU Annual Conference! A session you won’t want to miss. Jennifer Childs, a research psychologist at the US Census Bureau has organized a panel discussion on this very issue. The breakout session is titled, “Public Concerns About Privacy in the Use of Administrative Records,” and will be held on Day 1 of the Conference—September 13—at 11:00 am.
In order to improve data collection and reduce respondent burden, the Census Bureau is expanding the use of administrative records on businesses and persons. The panel will discuss respondent perceptions surrounding privacy and security with regard to federal statistics and the public’s views towards using administrative records for statistical purposes. Members of the panel are Alfred D. Tuttle, Aleia Fobia, and Casey Eggleston—all from the Census Bureau. Come learn what evidence these researchers at the Census Bureau have collected to shed light on the conundrum of balancing reduction of respondent burden with public concerns regarding privacy and what role appeals to civic responsibility plays in gaining cooperation.