Adapted from the Census CCC Guide

January–March 2020

Add a census message during meetings, events, and to written or digital/electronic correspondence like social media.

Provide information on federally funded programs that have benefited the community ( see our pages on EDUCATION, HEALTH, TRANSPORTATION, SOCIAL SERVICES, and PUBLIC SAFETY ).

Plan a major promotional event around the start of self-response or when households get their invitation to respond. Advise communities that they can respond to the census online.

Saturate public access areas with easy-to-read and understandable census information customized for your community (see our Resources page for downloadable Posters, Videos, and a Social Media toolkit).

Ask elected officials to encourage households to complete the census online, by phone, or return the questionnaire by mail.

Place a census message on all municipal marquees urging households to complete the questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail.

April 2020

Place public service announcements in local media encouraging households to respond .

Have census rallies or parades .

Urge households who do not respond to cooperate with census takers

Encourage households to complete the questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail .

Plan a Census Day event to motivate the community response .

Look online or check with your census contact person about response rates for your community. If rates are low, plan special events or activities to motivate individuals to respond .

Remind households if they didn’t respond online, by phone, or mail their questionnaire back, a census worker may come to their home . Encourage households to cooperate with census workers .

May 2020

Continue to encourage community individuals to cooperate with census workers

Evaluate what worked best for your community and briefly report this information to your census contact .

Celebrate your success and thank all those involved in making it happen .

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