(Bothell, WA) Efforts to make the 2010 Census as accurate as possible will result in a second round of visits for some households, as census takers across Washington State wrap up visiting households that didn’t mail back their 2010 Census forms.

Census workers will call on a small sample of households in the following months as part of a series of quality-assurance measures to verify that the 2010 Census information collected is correct. Census workers will be re-interviewing or verifying households during three specific operations: coverage follow-up, vacant delete check and field verification. These operations are scheduled to last into August and are part of the US Census Bureau’s effort to maximize the accuracy of the census.

(Bothell, WA) Efforts to make the 2010 Census as accurate as possible will result in a second round of visits for some households, as census takers across Washington State wrap up visiting households that didn’t mail back their 2010 Census forms.

Census workers will call on a small sample of households in the following months as part of a series of quality-assurance measures to verify that the 2010 Census information collected is correct. Census workers will be re-interviewing or verifying households during three specific operations: coverage follow-up, vacant delete check and field verification. These operations are scheduled to last into August and are part of the US Census Bureau’s effort to maximize the accuracy of the census.

The Census Bureau also will systematically re-interview 5 percent of the households that each census worker visits to confirm that all of the 565,000 census takers throughout the nation – about 11,000 in Washington State – followed training protocols and produced accurate data.

In the “coverage follow up” operation, census workers will call households to clarify inconsistent answers provided on the 2010 Census form about the number of people living at an address.

Census workers will confirm housing units classified as vacant or nonexistent fit that profile on April 1, 2010 during the “vacant delete check” operation. If a unit was incorrectly classified, an interview will be conducted. Workers also will visit new housing units that were added after the 2010 Census questionnaires were sent out.

In the “field verification” phase, census workers will confirm whether the address provided on a “Be Counted” form or to the Telephone Questionnaire Assistance call center is locatable. The field verification operation also will resolve suspected duplicate addresses.

Census officials urge residents to cooperate with census takers, if they are among the small percentage of homes visited during the quality-assurance process. The re-interviews will take mere minutes to help the Bureau ensure the quality of the 2010 Census.

As the case with all other 2010 Census operations, census workers will not ask for social security numbers, bank account information or credit card information. Census workers also will not solicit for donations, will never contact you via e-mail and will not ask about citizenship status.

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