Submit Your Questions for Census Director Robert Groves (And Win an Amazon Gift Card!)

Dr. Robert GrovesI have some exciting news.

Our humble blog has been granted an exclusive interview with the U.S. Census Director, Dr. Robert Groves. The videotaped interview will take place this Wednesday, May 23rd, at the headquarters of the Census Bureau in Suitland, Maryland.

Conducting this interview is a great way for us to continue the mission stated in our tagline, to provide “Resources for the Research Community.”

But I need your help.

I have lots of questions for Dr. Groves, but I would like your input. I’m not just representing myself; I’m representing the entire Research Access community.  I want to be sure all your most pressing questions are answered.

So I’m offering a thank you to the person who submits the best question for me to ask Dr. Groves on Wednesday: a digital gift card worth $50 USD (or equivalent).

Here are the rules:

  • Submit a question for me to ask Dr. Groves between now and midnight Eastern time (U.S. East Coast) on Tuesday, May 22nd.
  • There are two ways to submit a question:
    • Post it in the comments section (below) on this blog post.
    • Email it to me at [email protected].
  • I will reveal the winner at the same time as I post the video on Research Access.
  • I will send the winner a digital $50 USD (or equivalent) gift card via email.

The winner will, of course, be able to see his or her questions asked in the interview.

Want to bone up on Census-related issues? Here are some places to start:

Dr. Groves’ Blog
“All Thing Census” from the Pew Research Center

Good luck!

About Dana Stanley

Dana is the Editor-in-Chief of Research Access.


  1. Leonard Murphy says:

    What is the attitude of the Census on declining response rates for mail, phone, and online data collection channels and what strategies are they considering to deal with those challenges?

  2. Andrew Jeavons says:

    Here are mine:

    “What’s the role of the census ? When it was instituted it was to measure how may people there were – but we have so much information now from other sources on population isn’t the census outmoded ? ”

    “You did a great deal of outreach to minority groups for this census via a wide range of media channels – which worked best ? Does the new role for web in the census herald a new form of census ? Will the census ever be all
    web based ?”

  3. Susan Perkins says:

    What are the chances that the American Consumer Survey will be discontinued for political reasons? What do you see as the consequences of or fallout from that?

  4. Susan Perkins says:

    What are the chances that the census will ever be conducted through sampling rather than as an “actual enumeration”?

  5. Susan – congratulations! You won the Amazon gift card for this comment. See today’s post for the interview, in which I ask your question. Please contact me at [email protected] so I can send you the gift card.

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