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Census 2020: Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement

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Census 2020 website from the Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement at UIC.

The site includes an FAQ page, a resource section with toolkits for outreach to hard-to-count populations and universities, and a listing of census events at UIC.

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Differences between Census Bureau’s ROAM and UDVL’s MTC applications

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Census response behavior is very sensitive to differences within and between states’ geographic, socioeconomic and demographic groups. The major limitation of ROAM is one model for the entire United States, not accounting for such differences . Our MTC application addresses this issues. The resource here explains the differences and results in-detail.

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Census Bureau’s ROAM application

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Response Outreach Area Mapper application developed by the Census Bureau to help identify hard-to-count (HTC) communities. We recommend using the HTC estimates found under the "maps" tab of the website instead of ROAM, since the maps created by the UIC team take into account regional and demographic differences across the state.

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Census Counts: Race and National Origin Question

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Fact sheet from a law school about census questions regarding race and origin.

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The Low Response Score (LRS): A Metric to Locate, Predict, and Manage Hard-to-Survey Populations

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A peer-reviewed paper written by Chandra Erdman and Nancy Bates detailing the original algorithm-based hard-to count (HTC) score, insights gained from the Census Return Rate Challenge, and the model underlying a new HTC score.

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Response Outreach Area Mapper (ROAM) user guide

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Guide for using the Census Bureau's Response Outreach Area Mapper (ROAM) application.

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Illinois Complete Count Commission publications

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These brochures by the the Illinois Complete Count Commission are available in multiple languages in PDF format. They explain the importance of participating in the census.

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Illinois Department of Human Services: Illinois 2020 Census

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The official site for the Illinois 2020 census contains a wealth of information related to the the census in the state.

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United States Census Bureau

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The official website for the U.S. Census Bureau is a great place to learn more about the census.

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