Adapted from the Census CCC Guide
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.
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 .
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 .