The U.S. Census Bureau is asking for feedback about American Community Survey data which got us thinking – what data sets are most important to your work and why?
A recent article published by the Alliance for Biking and Walking is asking concerned citizens to support the continued collection of walking and biking data in the American Community Survey. As they state in their article:
Data about how we get around town is really important for biking and walking advocacy. Every year, the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey releases a bundle of data about how people get to work. We focus intently on this question because it gives us an estimation of how many people regularly walk and bike to work. Without Census data on work trips, we would have a hard time making the case for better biking and walking. Without this information, it would be impossible to measure bicycling and walking in the United States in our biennial Benchmarking Report.
Data collection is constantly adapting to changes in societal needs and the ever-expanding capacity of technology. As consumers we have access to more types of data than ever before. Data access has changed the way we think about assessment and evaluation and has helped community organizations make significant progress in augmenting outcomes.
Imagine what you could do with more targeted data – indicators that are closely aligned with your mission and the populations you serve. Without feedback and support for continued data collection from organizations like ours, we run the risk of losing important data that helps us better our communities.
Luckily, the U. S. Census Bureau is reaching out to us – the users of American Community Survey data – to provide them with feedback about the survey and what data is critical to our work.
As stated on the U.S. Census Bureau website, “The Census Bureau is trying to learn more about how people and organizations use American Community Survey (ACS) data. If you are an ACS data user, please help us improve the survey by telling us about the specific data you use and how you use it.”
The Census Bureau feedback form is available to everyone until Friday, July 18th, 2014. Take a moment to share this with your colleagues and encourage them to participate. The more feedback they receive, the more they can help us do our important work of keeping our communities healthy and thriving.
Interested in viewing American Community Survey data as a map? Check out our data list, or search for ACS in the Map Room to visualize everything from age and income to employment and education.