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Friday, April 02, 2010

Analysis/Updates to Census “Hard to Count” Maps

Steven Romalewski of the CUNY Mapping Service at the Center for Urban Research let us know that his organization has “posted an analysis of the first week of Census participation rates.” The Funders Initiative posted a press release.

He explains that “the results so far correlate pretty well with hard-to-count scores, which will be helpful to outreach organizations—this is confirmation that they need to continue focusing on the hard to count neighborhoods in order to boost participation.”

The group has updated its HTC mapping site with the latest participation data.  Now visitors can:

- type in a county and highlight the tracts below a certain participation rate (you can enter whatever rate you want);

- sort the resulting list so you can see at a glance the highest and lowest performing tracts (this also will be highlighted on the map so you can see how concentrated they are);

- compare the 2010 rate map with the 2000 rate map (click the “More…” tab and check the box for “Participation Rate in 2000”

- click on any spot on the map to display the latest participation rate for that area (state, county, or tract, depending on how close in or out you’ve zoomed).

- coming April 2:  tract locations that will be receiving blanket and target questionnaire mailings. 

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/02 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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