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Institute's Brown Develops Handbook for U.S. Census Bureau

Posted June 15, 2009
Contact: Roger Nielsen, nielsen@uga.edu; 706.542.2524

Warren Brown, director of the Institute's Applied Demography Program, is the author of a new U.S Census Bureau handbook aimed at helping researchers better understand and utilize data included in the American Community Survey (ACS), a special product of the bureau that collects and releases population and housing information every year.

"The Census Bureau worked with various experts to write a series of 12 handbooks on the use of ACS data that could be targeted to specific audiences like government officials, media, the business community, and others," explained Brown. The handbook for researchers was published in late May and familiarizes readers with issues that might affect how they access and analyze ACS data. It includes a variety of case studies.

Brown came to the Institute of Government in early 2009 from Cornell University, where he directed a similar demographics program. He is an active member of the demography profession and a frequent collaborator with and consultant to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Applied Demography Program is a partnership with Georgia’s Office of Planning and Budget and is designed to provide government leaders with timely population and economic data for planning purposes.

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