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Sprints are 12-week product development cycles that bring together tech teams and collaborators to build public-facing digital products using open data.

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Problem Statement

Inclusive and Creative 2020 Census Data Engagement

Challenge:

Develop digital products or physical/digital works of art that creatively and inclusively engage hard-to-count communities in 2020 Census data.

Why This Problem is Important:

As the U.S. Census Bureau continues to release and disseminate data collected in the 2020 Census, new approaches are needed to share the data in ways that resonate with the public, especially historically undercounted communities. Creative methods beyond traditional press releases, webinars, or data tables have the potential to more inclusively share the data in ways that resonate with different communities. Demonstrating how decennial data can be leveraged to tackle community needs, illustrating ways in which decision makers use the data, and helping communities see themselves represented in the numbers are critical steps to ensuring the public is engaged with census data and understands its importance as we look to ensuring accurate future counts in 2030 and beyond, and increased public trust in government. Examples of alternative and creative methods of sharing data might include works of art based on the data, leveraging new media platforms, and participatory approaches.

Agency

U.S. Census Bureau

Target Audience

Historically undercounted populations such as:

  • LGBTQ+
  • Children Under 5
  • Transient Populations
  • College Students
  • Persons with Disabilities
  • Racial & Ethnic Minorities
  • People Experiencing Homelessness
  • Renters
  • Those Living in Group Quarters

Problem Statement

Assisting Businesses, Community, and State/Local Government Leaders to Make Critical Decisions Using Decennial Data

Challenge:

Develop digital products or physical/digital works of art that enable businesses, community organizations and local governments to use 2020 Census data for key decision making

Why This Problem is Important:

Using census data to inform decision making can be challenging for businesses, community groups, and government leaders. Small businesses and nonprofits with limited resources dedicated to comprehensive analytics may struggle to navigate the data, identify relevant data points, and determine the implications for their business. Similarly, state and local government leaders are often constrained by time, capacity, and budget and therefore may not have the necessary bandwidth to conduct these analyses. However, the accurate distribution of resources on the state and local level is crucial to equitably providing services. Developing solutions to help these stakeholders utilize decennial data would ensure that smaller and less resourced businesses could make critical decisions, community organizations could gain insights into local needs, and funds could be accurately and equitable distributed.

Agency

U.S. Census Bureau

Target Audience

Business decision makers, community and nonprofit organizations, state and local government leaders.

Problem Statement

Improving Data Literacy Using Decennial Census Data

Challenge:

Develop digital products or physical/digital works of art that use 2020 Census data to build data literacy skills.

Why This Problem is Important:

U.S. Census Bureau data is a valuable resource for increasing data literacy skills. Many institutions, including libraries, schools, and community groups have the ability to play a crucial role in building such skills and increasing awareness and use of census data in their communities. To empower the public to make more informed decisions, as well as prepare for and advance their careers, it is pivotal to support such institutions and develop opportunities for individuals to build data literacy skills on their own.

Agency

U.S. Census Bureau

Target Audience

Under-funded communities; librarians; community organizers; youth and students.

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