The 2019 Census Test to Get out the Count (GOTC) in Census 2020


During Summer 2019, the U.S. Census Bureau will be using a test survey, supported by the existing American Community Survey (ACS) platform, to inform the Nonresponse Followup (NRFU) plan for Census 2020.

The 2019 Census Test has a “Census Day” of July 1, 2019, and will include treatments with and without the proposed citizenship question. The test is designed to measure a 0.5 percentage point difference in response rates at a national level and oversample areas with historically low self-response.

A more detailed schedule of the Summer 2019 test can be found here.

The Census also recently released a map outlining how they intend to enumerate areas throughout the country. The Bureau will employ varying invitation techniques based on how classification within the map. The following two page document provides a bit more detail as to how the Census will invite people to participate in the survey.