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Cynthia Buckley is among the many experts who have raised concerns and even concerns about the preparations in the years leading up to the 2020 census. As a demographer and sociology professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Buckley was part of a watchdog initiative called The Census Project. She talked to them with census forms that will reach millions over the next few weeks Craig Chamberlain, Social Science Editor for the News Bureau about where things are for both the nation and Illinois.

How do you see the planning and preparation of the census now?

The US Census Bureau and state, regional, and community leaders have done a good job on public outreach and education for 2020. They have developed several means to encourage participation, including online materials ( targeting, persuading, and interviewing hard-to-find contacts. The most important groundwork is working with local groups, especially those with insight into hard-to-study populations, and that is what the Census Bureau has done.

What worried me were the late interventions to change census questions as well as constant budget delays and deficits that resulted in the cancellation or severe curtailment of important field tests. Such persistent cancellations and delays in upfront preparations pose particular challenges for 2020 as this is the first US census to allow online participation, employs new cloud storage data technologies and uses “differential privacy” approaches to ensure anonymity increase of individual files.

What makes taking part in the census so important?

The census provides population figures used to distribute hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds. The results are used to adjust the distribution of congress seats. Less known, but of crucial importance, is insight into the structure, composition, and distribution of the American population. Data is extremely important to business planning, public policy development, and reviewing data from other data efforts by the Census Bureau, such as the American Community Survey and the Economic Survey.

Indeed, Americans are legally required to participate in census data collection. Fines can be imposed on anyone who “refuses or willfully omits” the requested information, although this has not been the case since 1970. But whether voluntary or compulsory, the census is a decade-long celebration of the idea that everyone counts, and it is vitally important to keep everyone counting.

What, if anything, guarantees the security of the information collected or limits its use?

Title 13 of the US Code accuses the Census Bureau of keeping data confidential. Responses are not available to law enforcement, court or other government agencies, including the IRS. Confidentiality is a central tenet of the Census Bureau’s work culture, and anyone who joins the 2020 census effort, whether part-time or full-time, will be made aware of the importance of confidentiality from the time of their application.

Confidentiality procedures include online sites advising respondents on how to avoid fraud and fraud, thorough background checks and photo IDs for all census counters, significant investments in IT infrastructure to prevent and contain cyber threats, and the new approaches of the ” differential data protection ”.

Census data at the national and local levels are generally accessible in their entirety. Researchers interested in more detailed but anonymous census and administrative data are only granted access upon request. Researchers can also access samples of census microdata, but these are also anonymized, with geocodes for individual files being aggregated to make individual assignment impossible.

How well is Illinois prepared for an accurate census?

Illinois had a response rate of about 70% in 2010, which was above the national average, but the Census Bureau still estimates it “missed” about 60,000 residents of the state. That resulted in a total loss of around $ 120 million in federal funds in the healthcare sector alone. Whether your policy is red or blue, that is a lot of green. State and local officials and activists from across the political spectrum are campaigning for the 2020 census to improve this.

Getting an accurate census in a state with both low-density rural regions and a large international metropolis is challenging. We also need a full list of those born abroad. As an international migratory magnet, Illinois will suffer from this population more than our neighbors.

Unfortunately, the results of a poll by the Pew Research Center released last month showed that 56% of Americans believe there will be a citizenship question at the census. That is absolutely wrong, but it will likely dampen the participation of resident immigrants – all of whom, regardless of their status, should be included in an accurate census.

We’ve heard quite a bit about an Illinois exodus, people leaving the state, and the census results are expected to show some population decline. How serious is it

While good demographics are vital to the development of good public policy, few aspects of the census are subject to more abuse and exaggeration to fit political agendas than population data. Newspaper reports claiming the state has been evicted from the state usually use comments from some families or individuals to support claims that taxes and corruption are driving hordes of residents out of the state.

Demographically, the “Illi Cup” has not yet fully arrived. In 2010, Illinois was the fifth most populous state. In 2019 we are now the sixth and still the largest state in the Midwest after trading centers with Pennsylvania. While the 1.2% net population decline is remarkable and certainly deserves further research, it is not a mass deforestation. For comparison, West Virginia saw a population decrease of approximately 3.3% over the same period. With high growth rates in states like Utah, Washington, and Texas, Illinois could lose a seat in Congress after the 2020 census, as it did after either of the last two.

Do we know from research what motivates people to leave one state or region for another?

Motives for migration in the USA vary depending on the age group. Unsurprisingly, migration peaks in the late teens and early 20s, fueled by educational or job opportunities. The migration of the mid-60s varies depending on the weather, leisure options, cost of living and family proximity. Detailed statistical assessments of national trends have yet to find overwhelming evidence of the impact of large infrastructure investments, the level and availability of social benefits, or property tax rates.

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