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Use of Administrative Records to Replace or Enhance Questions about Housing Characteristics on the American Community Survey

Michaela Dillon
Component ID: #ti1512691495

As detailed in the report, “Agility in Action 2.0: A Snapshot of Enhancements to the American Community Survey” (U.S. Census Bureau, 2017), the Census Bureau is investigating ways to reduce the difficulty and length of the American Community Survey (ACS) by using administrative records. The ACS questions under investigation include acreage, number of rooms and bedrooms, tenure, property value, and real estate tax. The research described in this report will provide information on whether an identified administrative records source has data of sufficient coverage and quality to allow the removal of the questions on the ACS. Alternatively, the administrative record source may only serve as a supplement to data provided by respondents to fill in missing responses or enhance editing routines. A Census Bureau team will use this report and conduct additional research to make recommendations on how best to integrate administrative sources into the ACS.

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