Table of contents for Using the American community survey : benefits and challenges / Panel on the Functionality and Usability of Data from the American Community Survey, Constance F. Citro and Graham Kalton, editors ; Committee on National Statistics, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education.

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Executive Summary 
The ACS in Brief
General Guidelines for ACS Use
Overarching Recommendations
Additional Recommendations
1 Introduction
1-A	Panel Charge
1-B	Historical Background
	1-B.1 Evolution of the Long-Form Sample
	1-B.2 Why Seek an Alternative to the Long-Form Sample?
	1-B.3 Evolution of the ACS
1-C	Issues for the Panel
1-D	Overview of Report
PART I: Using the American Community Survey
2 Essentials for Users
2-A	ACS Design Basics
	2-A.1 Population Coverage (Universe)
	2-A.2 Residence Rules
	2-A.3 Content and Reference Periods
	2-A.4 Sample Design and Size
	2-A.5 Data Collection
	2-A.6 Data Product
	2-A.7 Data Processing¿1-Year Estimates
	2-A.8 Data Processing¿3-Year and 5-Year Period Estimates
2-B	ACS Benefits
	2-B.1 Timeliness and Frequency
	2-B.2 Data Quality
2-C	ACS Challenges
	2-C.1 Period Estimates
	2-C.2 Sampling Error
2-D	Summary Assessment
3	Working with the ACS: Guidance for Users
3-A	Federal Agency Uses
	3-A.1 Allocation of Federal Funds
	3-A.2 Determination of Median Incomes for Counties
3-B	State Agency Uses
	3-B.1 Allocating State Funds to Localities
	3-B.2 Strategies for using ACS Data in State Fund Allocations
	3-B.3 Example of a Sample Updating Procedure
3-C	Local Government Uses
	3-C.1 Large City applications of the ACS
	3-C.2 Small Jurisdiction Applications of the ACS
	3-C.3 Special Case of Seasonal Populations
3-D	Transportation Planning Uses
	3-D.1 Using the ACS 1-Year PUMS Files
	3-D.2 Using the ACS TAZ Data
	3-D.3 Conclusion on Using the ACS for Transportation Planning
3-E	Academic Research Uses
	3-E.1 Using Summary files for Research
	3-E.2 Using PUMS Files for Research
3-F	Media and General Public Uses
	3-F.1 Using ACS Profiles and Rankings
	3-F.2 Comparisons with Other Data Sources
3-G	What Happens in a Decennial Year?
3-H	Preparing to Use the ACS
	3-H.1 General Guidelines for ACS Use
	3-H.2 Suggestions for Users During the Ramp-up Period
PART II: Technical Issues
4	Sample Design and Survey Operations
 4-A	Sampling Operations for Housing Units
 	4-A.1 Developing the Initial Sample
 	4-A.2 Initial Sampling Rates
 	4-A.3 Subsampling for CAPI Follow-up
 	4-A.4 MAF Concerns and Recommendations
 	4-A.5 Sample Design Concerns
	4-B	Data Collection for Housing Units
		4-B.1 Mode of Collection
		4-B.2 Residence Rules
	4-C	Group Quarters Sampling and Data Collection
		4-C.1 Group Quarters and the MAF
		4-C.2 Sample Design for Group Quarters
		4-C.3 Data Collection for Group Quarters
		4-C.4 Concerns about Group Quarters
		4-C.5 Recommendation for Group Quarters
	4-D	Data Preparation
		4-D.1 Confidentiality Protection
		4-D.2 Collapsing Tables for Large Sampling Errors
		4-D.3 Inflation Adjustments
		4-D.4 Tabulation Specifications
		4-D.5 Data Quality Review
5 	The Weighting of ACS 1-Year Period Estimates
	5-A	Overview
	5-B	The 1-Year Nine-Step Weighting Process
		5-B.1 Base Weights
		5-B.2 Variation in Monthly Response Factor
		5-B.3 Noninterview Factors 1 and 2
		5-B.4 Mode Bias Noninterview Factor
		5-B.5 Housing Unit Control Factor 1
		5-B.6 Population Control Factor
		5-B.7 Housing Unit Control Factor 2
		5-B.8 Adjustments to Eliminate Extreme Weights
		5-B.9 Rounding of Weights
		5-B.10 Recommendation 
	5-C	Housing Unit Controls
	5-D	Population Controls
6	Weighting and Interpreting ACS Multiyear Estimates
	6-A	Alternative Estimands from Multiyear Data
		6-A.1 Single-Year Estimands from Multiyear Data
		6-A.2 Multiyear Period Estimand from Multiyear Data	
	6-B	Multiyear Period Estimation
	6-C	Estimation of Change Over Time
		6-C.1 Interpreting Estimates of Change Between Multiyear Period Estimates
		6-C.2 Precision of Estimates of Change Between Multiyear Period Estimates
		6-C.3 Conclusions 
	6-D	Effects of Changes in Population Size and Characteristics
PART III: Education, Outreach, and Future Development
7 Important Next Steps
7-A	Educating Data Users About the ACS
	7-A.1 Key Elements of the Education Strategy
	7-A.2 Providing a Foundation for the Basics
	7-A.3 Building a Network for Education, Outreach , and Feedback
	7-A.4 Working with the Media
	7-A.5 Recommendations on user Education, Outreach, and Feedback
7-B	Data Quality Monitoring
	7-B.1 nonsampling Error Measures
	7-B.2 Sampling Errors
7-C	Priorities for Assessment and Improvement of Survey Quality
	7-C.1 Quality Profile
	7-C.2 Methods Panels
	7-C.3 The Panel¿s Priorities for Assessment
7-D	A Vision for the Future
	7-D.1 Small-area Estimates
	7-D.2 Seasonal and Multiple Residences
	7-D.3 Surveying Rare Populations
	7-D.4 Improving Population Estimates
	7-D.5 Improving Survey Estimates
	7-D.6 Recommendation for Future Research and Development
A	List of Abbreviations and Acronyms 
B	Controlling the American Community Survey to Intercensal Population Estimates
	F. Jay Breidt
C	Alternatives to Moving Averages for the American Community Survey
	F. Jay Breidt 
D 	Biographical Sketches of Panel Members and Staff

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:

American community survey.
Household surveys -- United States.
United States -- Census.