Associate Director for Methodology and Standards
Assessment of Consistency of Census Results with Demographic
I am pleased to present the executive summary of one of the evaluation studies for the Census 2000
Dress Rehearsal. The dress rehearsal was conducted in three sites — Columbia, South Carolina;
Menominee County, Wisconsin; and Sacramento, California. The evaluation studies cover detailed
aspects of eight broad areas related to the census dress rehearsal — census questionnaire, address
list, coverage measurement, coverage improvement, promotion activities, procedures addressing
multiple options for census reporting, field operations, and technology.
The executive summary for each evaluation study is also available on the Census Bureau Internet site
(http://www.census.gov/census2000 and click on the link to “Evaluation”). Copies of the complete
report may be obtained by contacting Carnelle Sligh at (301) 457-3525 or by e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the complete copy of the following reports will
not be publically released: reports regarding procedures addressing multiple options for census
reporting and the Evaluation of Housing Unit Coverage on the Master Address File.
The evaluations are distributed broadly to promote the open and thorough review of census processes
and procedures. The primary purpose of the dress rehearsal is to simulate portions of the
environment we anticipate for Census 2000, so we can identify and correct potential problems in the
processes. Thus, the purpose of the evaluation studies is to provide analysis to support time critical
review and possible refinements of Census 2000 operations and procedures.
The analysis and recommendations in the evaluation study reports are those of staff working on
specific evaluations and, thus, do not represent the official position of the Census Bureau. They
represent the results of an evaluation of a component of the census plan. They will