Update on the Census Bureau’s Blended Base for Population Estimates and Young Children Working Group

The Partnership for America’s Children, The National Urban League, and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund invite you to join us on a call May 24 from 2 to 3:30pm EDT to learn about the Census Bureau’s blended base for its population estimates, which has implications for the allocation of federal funds in many programs. In addition, we will get an update on the Census Bureau’s cross-directorate working group focused on improving data for young children.

Staff from the Census Bureau will join us to share the research they have already undertaken and the research they plan to conduct to assess how the blended base approach may mitigate coverage errors in the 2020 census. The blended base was developed by the Bureau to calculate the 2021 Vintage Population estimates when the 2020 decennial census data was not ready to provide the population estimates for 2021 due to the pandemic. Now the Bureau has decided to use the blended base for the 2022 population estimates and may use it for future years as well.

On March 10, the 2020 Census released data that shows that the 2020 Census undercounted the Black population, the Hispanic or Latino population, the American Indian and Alaska Native population living on reservations, and the population group that reported being of Some Other Race. It also undercounted young children. The undercounts were significant and were larger than in the 2010 census.

Members of the Young Children Working Group will provide an overview of the Census Bureau’s efforts to improve data for young children. In addition, this webinar is an opportunity to learn about the Census Bureau’s new Base Evaluation Research Team (BERT) which is researching the feasibility of making additional improvements in the future, including the possibility of taking coverage measures from the Demographic Analysis and Post-Enumeration Survey into account in the development of the population estimates.

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