Friday, April 16, 2010

Send in the Army (of census takers)

OK... this is the official note from the gnomes at the Census Bureau:
FRIDAY, April 16 - **This is it! Fill out and mail back your census form TODAY!*

If you do not mail back your census form, a census taker will visit your home in person to ensure that we accurately count each person in the country...

* Census takers are your neighbors - people from your community, hired by the Census Bureau, to go door-to-door and collect census information from residents that have not sent back their 2010 Census forms. Please cooperate with the census takers to ensure an accurate count of your community.

* A census taker will visit your home up to six times, each time leaving a door hanger. The door hanger has a phone number on it that you can call to schedule a visit and be counted. (emphasis added)
From what I can tell the participation rate the Census folks had for the mail in response is up into the high 60's percentage wise.  The thing is that I am pretty sure they had a goal well into the 70's just to meet their budget target.  The lower the resonse rate the more they have to spend sending people out looking for you in person.   Barring a last minute surge they might get to target, but it does not look like they are going to blow it away. 

Still might not be a budget issue for them in the end.  One story coming out of the census is that because of the recession they have been getting much better workers than they expected.. the result being that their individual productivity is a lot higher than planned for and they don't think they need as many workers to get the expected amout of work done.  The fewer workers are translating into real savings they say. 


Anonymous MH said...

How about: Help the unemployed. Make the Census really work to find you.

Friday, April 16, 2010 10:39:00 AM  

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