Washington, D.C. – In 2020 the U.S. Census Bureau will launch the most important data collection activity in government in a decade: the decennial census. Today, the Data Coalition announced a formal partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau to promote a reliable count of U.S. households.
“Virtually every decision that uses data in government and the private sector for the next 10 years will be affected by the upcoming census count,” said Data Coalition CEO Nick Hart, Ph.D. “The business community should embrace the opportunity to support informed decision-making in our society by promoting an accurate census. The census is simply too important to our society for anyone to sit on the sidelines.”
The Data Coalition’s partnership with the Census Bureau will support activities to encourage the American public to respond to the census, including a public event in fall 2019.
“We are excited the Data Coalition is joining our effort to support a high-quality 2020 census count,” said Census Bureau Director Steve Dillingham. “Our country’s business community relies on good information for economic planning and we need the business community to help us ensure that information is available.”
Information collected for the census is used as a benchmark in household surveys for government agencies—including the American Community Survey—as well as surveys conducted for private firms. Businesses use this information to determine how to allocate resources, where to site new stores, and how to best serve customers.
About the Data Coalition: The Data Coalition is America’s premier voice on data policy. We advocate on behalf of the private sector and the public interest for government data to be accessible, high-quality, and used to enhance accountability, improve government effectiveness, reduce compliance costs, and stimulate innovation. Our members represent a cross-section of the technology, data analytics, and data management industry. For more information, visit datacoalition.org.