Certainly by now, most of us have received our census forms for the upcoming U.S. Census of 2010. Personally, as a recent resident to the United States, it has been interesting to be amongst the reaction to this national event. I have heard much excitement; I have witnessed much eye-rolling also. Despite the varied personal views, however, the census is an interesting take on where the nation’s social, political, and economical priorities are, and also, where they are going to go.
The Pew Research Center recently conducted a survey of American views on the census. The results determined that nearly 9 out of 10 people claimed that they were probably or most definitely going to complete and submit the form. That is almost 87% of the population surveyed and an impressionable number, I think. For many of those surveyed, the idea of partaking in the census as a civic responsibility was often pointed to.
Civic responsibility or not, what other incentives should there be to complete the census? And what are the benefits? And specifically, what are the benefits to the communities that so many nonprofits out there are working to build and make better?
Here are a few things from the the U.S. Census website that show what the data might influence for future planning:
- Local infrastructure to improve facilitation of services
- Vocational training sites
- Program development to assist vulnerable populations
- Emergency services
You can read more about what the census bureau has to say about how data goes toward community building here.
What do you think? How do you think the census results will help your organization and the communities that you serve?
Below is a comprehensive step-by-step video by the U.S. Census Bureau to help those who have aversions to forms: