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2nd Annual ACS Data Users Conference

ACS Data Users Conference (#ACSConf15)

Register Now for the 2nd annual ACS Data Users Conference, to be held on May 11-13, 2015 at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Hyattsville, Maryland. Space at the conference is limited and registration is on a first come/first served basis. There is no registration fee for the conference but participants are responsible for covering their own expenses, including travel, hotel, and meals. The deadline for registration is Monday May 4th.

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We have put together an exciting program that brings together ACS data users and staff from the U.S. Census Bureau to increase understanding of the value and utility of ACS data and to promote information sharing among data users about key ACS data issues and applications. The conference will include contributed presentations by ACS data users, invited sessions, hands-on training, informal roundtable discussions, and opportunities for networking.

The conference opens with a pre-meeting workshop for novice ACS data users at 1:00 p.m. on Monday May 11. Conference sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday May 12 with a Plenary Session, “Looking Ahead: What’s Next for the ACS?” featuring presentations by John H. Thompson, Director of the Census Bureau, and James B. Treat, Chief of the ACS Office at the Census Bureau. The conference will end at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday May 12 following an invited panel presentation featuring Dr. Mark Doms, Under Secretary for Economic Affairs at the Department of Commerce.

For hotel reservations, visit the hotel website or call them at 301-985-7300 and provide your assigned Group Code (SABSABA). We have blocked a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate of $171, so please book early to ensure your reservation. The group rate is valid for booking through April 20, 2015. The College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center is located at 3501 University Blvd E, Hyattsville, MD 20783. Read More

About the ACS Data Users Group

In partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau, the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) and Sabre Systems have formed a new American Community Survey Data Users Group. The purpose of the ACS Data Users Group is to improve understanding of the value and utility of ACS data and to promote information sharing among data users about key ACS data issues and applications. Membership in the group is free and open to all interested ACS data users. The group is led by a Steering Committee comprised of selected external stakeholders representing a broad spectrum of data users with different interests. To facilitate communication among ACS data users, PRB and Sabre Systems will maintain an online community forum, organize webinars and special sessions at professional meetings, and hold an annual ACS Data Users Conference. Read more.

News and Events

CENSUS BUREAU INVITES FEEDBACK ON ACS DATA PRODUCTS

The U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey Office (ACSO) is conducting a survey to gather data user feedback on ACS data products. They want to ensure the ACS program continues to produce relevant and timely data products that meet the needs of and are accessible to the public.

The Census Bureau invites you to provide feedback on the content of the ACS data products and usage of geographic areas, the coinciding documentation currently provided on their website, as well as the way in which their data products are accessed and disseminated. The Census Bureau wants to hear from you!

To access the survey please visit the Census Bureau's website. It should take no longer than about 15 minutes to complete. They are requesting that you please complete the survey by May 29, 2015.

RELEASE OF CENSUS BUREAU'S 2014 PLANNING DATABASE

The Census Bureau has just released the 2014 Planning Database (PDB) of selected 2008-2012 American Community Survey estimates and selected 2010 Census data for census tracts and block groups. The PDB provides small area demographic, housing, and socioeconomic data that may be particularly useful to a wide range of users for planning and analysis. In addition, the PDB includes a new Low Response Score (LRS) for each tract and block group, an indicator of how difficult an area is likely to be in gaining census and survey participation. The LRS methodology is documented in a paper available on the link belojavascript:void(0);w.

Files and documentation can be accessed at: www.census.gov/research/data/planning_database/.

A one-page flyer describing the new Planning Database is also available.

WEBINARS

SESSIONS AT PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS

ACS DATA USERS CONFERENCE, MAY 2014

Nearly 300 ACS data users attended the inaugural ACS Data Users Conference, held May 29-30, 2014, at the Holiday Inn Capitol in Washington, D.C. The program included more than 40 contributed presentations by ACS data users, an invited plenary session by top Census Bureau staff, and keynote addresses by Dr. Mark Doms, Under Secretary for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce; and John H. Thompson, director of the U.S. Census Bureau. The purpose of the conference was to facilitate information sharing among data users about key ACS data issues and applications and to promote networking. The conference was organized by the Population Reference Bureau and Sabre Systems in partnership with staff from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Conference Sessions

  • Plenary session featuring presentations by top U.S. Census Bureau staff
  • Aggregating ACS Estimates and Calculating Margins of Error
  • Using ACS in GIS and Data Visualization Applications
  • Keynote addresses by Dr. Mark Doms, Under Secretary for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce; and John H. Thompson, director of the U.S. Census Bureau
  • Applications of ACS Data for Income and Poverty
  • Applications of ACS Data for Employment and Commuting
  • Applications of ACS Data for Health Insurance and Disability
  • Housing Applications Using ACS Data
  • Using ACS Data from NHGIS, Summary Files, IPUMS, PUMS, and Custom Tabulations
  • Using the ACS to Look at Small Population Groups and Trends Over Time
  • Issues and Limitations in Using Small-Area ACS Data
  • Applications of ACS Data for Migration Patterns and Trends

Copies of the conference presentations (in PDFs) have been posted in the ACS Online Community.