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Our mission is to source knowledge and solutions to solve key challenges for the Census Bureau and the public at large through user-centered design, data, creative media, and technology.

Who We Are

Census Open Innovation Labs (COIL) is a nimble, startup-like team within the U.S. Census Bureau with a portfolio of initiatives that are setting a standard for open innovation across government.

We leverage the networks, talents, and expertise of companies, organizations and individuals outside our own walls and encourage disparate groups to innovate together.

Our Skills

Our team is comprised of diverse backgrounds and skillsets. Our unique breadth of expertise allows us to engage effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders.

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Human-Centered Design (HCD)

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Open Data Advocacy

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Community Engagement

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Design & Technology

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Our Programs

We’ve created several programs to engage different audiences using unique methods to facilitate effective cross-sector collaboration

Census Accelerate

We mobilize the creative community and partner with influential stars to spread awareness about the importance of the 2020 Census and combat mis- and disinformation.

The Opportunity Project

We bring together tech companies, non-profit community groups, and federal agencies to build tools that advance economic opportunity using federal open data.

Human-Centered Design Training

We teach Human-Centered Design fundamentals to leaders at the US Census Bureau to introduce new problem solving methods and methods for collaboration.

Civic Digital Fellowship

We facilitate the US Census Bureau’s participation in this first-of-its kind internship program that empowers computer science, data science, and design students to create social good by breaking down the barriers to entry in social impact spaces.

Contact Us

For questions about our programs or inquiries about partnerships, please reach out to:

Mara Abrams

Founder and Co-Director

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Drew Zachary


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