Excerpt from Review of Interim Report by the National Academy of Sciences on Census Reform: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Census, Statistics and Postal Personnel of the Committee on Post Office and Civil Service, House of Representatives, One Hundred Third Congress, First Session; May 27, 1993
The Panel on Census Requirements in the Year 2000 and Beyond is conducting a study to assess the needs for data currently collected in the decennial census. In the first part of the panel's work, summarized in this interim report, the panel has been assessing census designs for accurate, cost - effective data collection for achieving a count of the population, as required by the Constitution. In the second part of the panel's work, to be presented in its final report in late 1994, the panel will review information on the costs of alternative methods, assess how timely small-area data can be provided over a decade, investigate the degree to which a continuing (or new) need is anticipated with respect to the types of data collected in the census, and examine census designs for achieving an accurate population count, taking cost into account.
The Panel on Census Requirements in the Year 2000 and Beyond began its work in the summer of 1992 and held several panel meetings during its initial delibera tions. During its first year of activities, the panel has discussed the major require ments for the census, debated the criteria for a census, and considered the tradeoffs in trying to achieve a census that fulfills the basic needs for reapportionment and redistricting, for the federal statistical system, for users of small-area data, and for analyses of small population groups. The panel met for a considerable time in work ing groups.
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