The Research Triangle Park

Making Sense of The Census: Using Census Data for Local Change

The Frontier | 800 Park Offices Drive | RTP, NC 27709 Oct 26 9:00 am - Oct 26 4:30 pm

Public, nonprofit, philanthropic, and media organizations seeking to understand and better their communities are awash in data.

The richest sources of local data are those prepared by the US Census Bureau. Despite their richness, census products are full of concepts that differ markedly from popular understandings. Fortunately, these concepts are accessible to any curious person—even someone with little prior exposure to statistics!

This daylong training course will prepare people working in any capacity within mission-driven organizations to use census data to understand local conditions. The course offers a general overview of essential census products, concepts, and sources, along with hands-on opportunities to practice local applications. Special attention is paid to the American Community Survey.

Participants will return to their organizations better able to complete tasks like the following:

- Define a local community in a systematic way for analysis
- Locate needed data
- Create a demographic & economic profile of a community
- Incorporate census data into reports, grants, presentations,
& work documents
- Communicate data to general audiences like boards of directors & civic leaders

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