Decennial Census: Methods for Collecting and Reporting Hispanic Subgroup Data Need Refinement

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A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "To help boost response rates of both the general and Hispanic populations, the U.S. Census Bureau (Bureau) redesigned the 2000 questionnaire, in part by deleting a list of examples of Hispanic subgroups from the question on Hispanic origin. While more Hispanics were counted in 2000 compared to 1990, the counts for Dominicans and other Hispanic subgroups were lower than expected. Concerned that this was caused by the deletion of Hispanic subgroup examples, congressional requesters asked us to investigate the research and management activities behind the changes."

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United States. General Accounting Office. January 17, 2003.

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A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "To help boost response rates of both the general and Hispanic populations, the U.S. Census Bureau (Bureau) redesigned the 2000 questionnaire, in part by deleting a list of examples of Hispanic subgroups from the question on Hispanic origin. While more Hispanics were counted in 2000 compared to 1990, the counts for Dominicans and other Hispanic subgroups were lower than expected. Concerned that this was caused by the deletion of Hispanic subgroup examples, congressional requesters asked us to investigate the research and management activities behind the changes."

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United States. General Accounting Office. Decennial Census: Methods for Collecting and Reporting Hispanic Subgroup Data Need Refinement, report, January 17, 2003; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc291657/: accessed April 30, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.