Local and state government, elected officials (local , state and Congressionals) all have an important role in coordinating outreach efforts in their jurisdictions. Local governments will be impacted is Understanding your Hard-to-Count areas will help focus outreach efforts. Engaging trusted messengers in your community will ensure that the right people are providing the right message and the right time.
Top 5 Easy Things Government and Elected Officials can do to help with 2010 Census outreach:
1. Assign a District/City/County Census Liaison – to coordinate outreach efforts in your jurisdiction.
2. Coordinate with your Local Census Office (LCO), connect with local Complete Count Committees, Community Based organization and local foundations/community based organizations that are already doing Census outreach.
3. Include Census messages in all your speaking engagements, town halls, conferences, meetings.
4. Create an Outreach Action Plan.
5. MARCH 20, 2010 is the BE CALIFORNIAN. BE COUNTED DAY – plan a local event to “get out the count”.
Tools and Resources
We have a number of great resources to help you plan and target your Census outreach. The Elected Official Toolkit focuses on three main methods elected officials can use to get the word out about the 2010 Census:
- Announcing your support for the 2010 Census and providing information about the 2010 Census in communications to constituents.
- Raising awareness of the 2010 Census in speeches and media interviews, and at public events.
- Effectively responding to constituent inquiries about the 2010 Census.
Resource Guides and Toolkits
Select either the Toolkit, Resource Guide or both from the drop down below to give loads of useful tips to assist with you Census Outreach efforts.
Hard-to-Count Maps (HTC Maps)
To best focus your limited outreach resources, we recommend using the Hard-to-Count Maps by County. If you need your elected official District map, please contact us.
County Complete Count Committee Handbooks — Census 2010
The State Data Center produced these county demographic profiles and Hard to Count Score maps and tabulations for census tracts within counties as an informational aid to promote an accurate 2010 Census count for California. These handbooks contain current and historical information on the demographic, socioeconomic, and housing characteristics of California counties and census tracts.
Local Complete Count Committees (Local CCCs)
Many local jurisdictions and community groups have already formed Complete Count Committees (CCCs) in partnership with the US Census Bureau. Coordinating with the CCCs in your area will help identify gaps in outreach coverage and duplicative efforts.
Local Census Offices (LCOs )
The US Census Bureau has opened Local Census Offices in each of the Congressional Districts. Local Census offices manage strategic operations within a state, including Partnership Specialists. These will be the primary point of contact for nonprofits interested in participating in the 2010 Census and are key coordinating “hubs” for all groups engaged in California Census outreach. Click here to find your Local Census Office where a partnership specialist can work with you.