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Use of Administrative Records to Replace or Enhance the Facilities & Fuel Type Questions on the American Community Survey

Michaela Dillon, Kevin Rinz, John Voorheis
Component ID: #ti2096503595

​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) using administrative records. The ACS questions under investigation include utilities, appliances, and fuel type. The research described in this report begins the evaluation of whether an identified administrative records source has data of sufficient coverage and quality to allow the removal of these questions on the ACS. Alternatively, we may find the administrative record source sufficient only to 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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