This page includes census-related information from GWAAR newsletters and other links and tools to help you share information in your communities.
How Will You Be Notified of the Census and How Can You Complete It?
There are three ways to complete the 2020 Census: online, phone, or mail. Beginning in mid-March, the Census Bureau will mail a letter inviting households to complete the 2020 Census online. That letter also includes a phone number people can call to complete the Census over the phone.
If people want to complete the Census via the mail, they must wait for the paper questionnaire to arrive in the mail; it will be mailed by early April. See this handout for more explanation about the schedule for mailings.
Practice Completing the Census Online!
Did you know there is a practice site where anyone can learn how to answer the census questions online? This is brought to you by the creators Sip & Swipe Cafes; you do not need to be a Sip & Swipe location to use this!
New from Generations on Line!, EasyCensusHelp.org is an interactive tutorial, teaching a new tablet user, or techno-timid current tablet user, to practice the specific skills needed for filling out the 2020 Census online.
Note: This is a freestanding website, seniors do not need to participate in Sip & Swipe to use this interactive tutorial! Great for Sip & Swipe Cafe graduates, those familiar with tablets but not online forms etc. You can even use it in computer labs or at home! This interactive practice does not store any data!
Check here for more details!
Why Does Being Counted Matter?
The Census will impact decisions made about our communities for the next 10 years and beyond.
Local, state and federal governments, private businesses, public works, religious organizations and others will use data from the 2020 Census to make decisions about older adult services, highway funding, mental health services, Medicaid, SNAP, education and more. Here is a handout on some of the programs influenced by census data.
Want to know how much money is at stake? Learn about the money here.
Based on the 2010 census numbers, in 2016, approximately $2,176 of Federal funds were appropriated per person in Wisconsin (Counting for Dollars, GW Institute for Public Policy). That is a lot of money, so we need to make sure everyone is counted! If Wisconsin doesn’t get the money, another state will!
Like the numbers? Here are more statistics on census driven Federal funding per program.
Get data about the hard to count areas – demographics, previous response rates and predicted non-response rate (unfortunately, some of WI does not have data).
A map of hard to count areas and areas that will automatically receive paper copies of the census can be found here.
Being counted means you impact your community. Representation, Money, Power
Webinar Opportunity from the National Council on Aging
Census 2020 and Older Adults: Reaching the Hard to Reach
February 27 1:00 - 2:00 pm
We all have a role to play in ensuring that Census 2020 engages everyone. This webinar will showcase ways government agencies and officials, nonprofits, advocacy organizations, and philanthropy can educate communities about the Census’s impact on essential services for older adults and their families.
02-18-20 GWAAR Newsletter
Preparing for the 2020 Census
N4A recently held a webinar about the importance of the census to our network; here is the webinar PowerPoint. The guest speaker was from AgeOptions in Illinois. They have a fantastic website where they consolidated census documents relevant to the aging network. Some are specific to Illinois, but they also contain easy to do awareness raising activities, including:
Two different customizable presentations are already available at these links: