Over 700 ACS data users attended the 2023 ACS Data Users Conference, which was held on May 16-18, 2023.

The conference program is posted below. To view PDF versions of the presentations, click on the links in the "Presentation Title(s)" column. Video recordings of the breakout and plenary sessions are posted on PRB's YouTube channel, or you can click the "Video" links in the conference program below. 

If you have questions about the ACS Conference, please contact Diana Elliott (delliott@prb.org) or Mark Mather (mmather@prb.org).

2023 ACS Data Users Conference Program

Tuesday, May 16

Session Title Time (EDT) Presenter(s) Presentation Title(s)
Registration / Networking 9:30 AM-10:30 AM    
Welcome/ Introduction (Video) 10:30 AM-10:45 AM Diana Elliott, PRB; and Donna Daily, U.S. Census Bureau
Plenary Session: Updates on Census Bureau Initiatives and the American Community Survey Program (Video) 10:45 AM-11:30 AM Robert Santos and Donna Daily, U.S. Census Bureau (Moderator, PRB staff) American Community Survey Program Updates (PDF)
Plenary Session: Strategies to Improve ACS Data Quality (Video) 11:30 AM-12:45 PM Sallie Ann Keller and Elizabeth Poehler, U.S. Census Bureau; and Amy O’Hara, Georgetown University (Moderator: Nicole Scanniello, U.S. Census Bureau)

Evolving a Data Enterprise to Support Relevant, Timely, and Equitable Statistical Products—We Need Your Help! (PDF)

Using Administrative Data in the American Community Survey (PDF)

Strategies to Improve ACS Data Quality (PDF)

Lunch Break/ Informal Networking 12:45 PM-1:30 PM  
Plenary Session: Using Disaggregated Data to Drive More Equitable Community Outcomes (Video) 1:30 PM-2:00 PM Denice Ross, U.S. Chief Data Scientist, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Using Disaggregated Data to Drive More Equitable Community Outcomes (PDF)
Plenary Session: Protecting Privacy and Confidentiality in the ACS (Video) 2:00 PM-3:20 PM Rolando Rodriguez, U.S. Census Bureau; Leslie Reynolds and Jan Vink, Cornell University; and Joe Salvo, University of Virginia (Moderator: Melissa Chiu, CNSTAT)

A Quick Primer on Disclosure Avoidance (PDF)

Confidentiality for American Community Survey Respondents (PDF)

Synthetic ACS Microdata: Considerations for the Census Bureau and Stakeholders (PDF)

Data Disclosure and the ACS Looking Forward Using Lessons from the Past (PDF)

Break/ Informal Networking 3:20 PM-3:50 PM    
Q&A with Census Bureau Staff (Video) 3:50 PM-5:00 PM Census Bureau panel

Wednesday, May 17

Session Title Time (EDT) Presenter(s) Presentation Title
ACS Data Products Solutions Workshop:  A Collaborative Effort to Improve Data Usability   10:00 AM-11:00 AM Alexandra Barker and Dominica Zhu, U.S. Census Bureau
Welcome/ Overview of Agenda (Video) 11:00 AM-11:10 AM Diana Elliott, PRB
Breakout Session 1: Using the ACS to Measure Child Well-being (Moderator: Michele Matz Hayslett, UNC at Chapel Hill) (Video) 11:10 AM-12:30 PM Michael Austrin, Data & Analysis Child Care Aware of Missouri Supply and Demand for Child Care (PDF)
11:10 AM-12:30 PM Florencia Gutierrez, The Annie E. Casey Foundation The American Community Survey: Helping KIDS COUNT (PDF)
11:10 AM-12:30 PM Eric Jensen, U.S. Census Bureau The Undercount of Young Children in the Decennial Census and Demographic Surveys: How We Move Forward  (PDF)
Breakout Session 2: Advanced Methods and Models Using ACS Data (Moderator: Mary Ana McKay, U.S. Census Bureau) (Video) 11:10 AM-12:30 PM Linda Giannarelli and ATTIS team, Urban Institute Income and Benefits Policy Center Using the ATTIS Microsimulation Model to Estimate Reductions in Child Poverty due to Potential Policy Changes (PDF)
11:10 AM-12:30 PM Julia Gutierrez, Wellesley College A Feminist Methodological Approach to Developing a Multidimensional Poverty Index for the West Side of Chicago
11:10 AM-12:30 PM Nick Kruskamp, Chris Inkpen, and Stefany Ramos, RTI International Using Weighted Population Distribution Estimates Within User-Defined Boundaries to Disaggregate ACS Annual Data (PDF)
11:10 AM-12:30 PM Joseph Tuccillo and James Gaboardi, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Bridging Population, Activity Spaces, and Social Interactivity with the Likeness Software Stack
Break/ Informal Networking 12:30 PM-1:30 PM      
Breakout Session 3: Housing Analyses Using ACS Data (Moderator: Shawn Bucholtz, Federal Housing Finance Agency) (Video) 1:30 PM-2:50 PM Adam Bibler, Department of Housing and Urban Development Estimating HUD Assisted Household Employment by Industry Through Matched ACS Data (PDF)
1:30 PM-2:50 PM Cheryl Knott, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance; Musaab Ibrahim and Taneeka Richardson, Maryland Center for Economic Progress Demonstrating the Need for Implementing Small Area Fair Market Rents to Reduce Racial Segregation in the Baltimore Metro Area (PDF)
1:30 PM-2:50 PM Natasha Moodie, Keith Wiley, and Lance George, Housing Assistance Council  Demographics of Regions with a High Prevalence of Heirs’ Properties (PDF)
1:30 PM-2:50 PM Douglas White and Mary Lois White, Center for Business & Economic Research LSUS The Effect of Alternative Income Measures on Housing Affordability Metrics (PDF)
Breakout Session 4: Using the ACS to Measure Spatial Inequality (Moderator: Mara Kaminowitz, Anne Arundel County Office of Planning and Zoning) (Video) 1:30 PM-2:50 PM Francisco Castellanos-Sosa, The University of Texas at Austin Spatial Income Inequality in the United States (PDF)
1:30 PM-2:50 PM Ellen Esch, Metropolitan Council (Twin Cities) Growing Shade: Increasing Tree Canopy Cover Through an Interactive Prioritization Tool (PDF)
1:30 PM-2:50 PM Roberto Ham-Chande and Raul Gonzalez-Ramirez, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte Demographic Dynamics of the MEX-USA Border Region (PDF)
1:30 PM-2:50 PM Matt Schroeder, Metropolitan Council (Twin Cities) Beyond “Concentrated Poverty”: Better Data Resources for Place-Based Equity (PDF)
Break/ Informal Networking 2:50 PM-3:40 PM      
Breakout Session 5: Lightning Session (Moderator: Sara Srygley, PRB) (Video) 3:40 PM-5:00 PM Erik Hernandez and Sandy Dietrich, U.S. Census Bureau Changing Languages in The U.S.: A Geographic Analysis of the Changes in Languages Spoken (PDF)
3:40 PM-5:00 PM Kinjia Hinterland, Aldo Crossa, Liza King, and Wen Qin Deng, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Advancing Community Health Equity: Using Disaggregated American Community Survey Data to Understand Social Determinants of Health Among Asian/Pacific Islanders and Indigenous Peoples of The Americas in New York City (PDF)
3:40 PM-5:00 PM Tiffany Kindratt, Kyrah K. Brown, and Adebola Obembe, University of Texas at Arlington; Florence J. Dallo, Oakland University Health Insurance Coverage Among Middle Eastern and North African American Children in the United States: Results from American Community Survey and National Health Interview Survey (PDF)
3:40 PM-5:00 PM Diana Lavery and Steven Aviles, Esri, Inc Using MOEs in maps to aggregate and strengthen reliability (PDF)
3:40 PM-5:00 PM Mickey McGlasson and Harry Hawkins, The CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University Using EarthTime to Tell Stories with ACS Data (PDF)
3:40 PM-5:00 PM Jiali Zheng, Abdelghani Barre, William Bessette, Garrett Harper, and Jeff Wamble, Department of Social Services in Nashville Using ACS Data to Assess and Address Community Needs (PDF)
3:40 PM-5:00 PM James Zollweg, SUNY Brockport Using Building Footprints to Allocate ACS Attributes to Non-Aligning Study Areas (PDF)
Breakout Session 6: Combining ACS with Other Survey or Administrative Data (Moderator: Bernie Langer, Center for Justice Innovation) (Video) 3:40 PM-5:00 PM Dorothy Barth and Sandra Clark, U.S. Census Bureau Strategic Plan for Using Administrative Records Data in the American Community Survey (PDF)
3:40 PM-5:00 PM Lloyd Brodsky, Self-Employed Small Area Variation in Health using CDC PLACES (PDF)
3:40 PM-5:00 PM Anna Malinovskaya, Cornell University Long-term Own and Dynamic Complementarity Effects of the WIC Program (PDF)
3:40 PM-5:00 PM Aaron Schroeder and Edward Wu, University of Virginia Supporting Local Decision-Making through the Aggregation of ACS Demographic Estimates within Locally-Relevant Geographies (PDF)

Thursday, May 18

Session Title Time (EDT) Presenter(s) Presentation Title
A 21st-Century Census Curated Data Enterprise: How Does the American Community Survey Fit In? (Video) 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Stephanie Shipp and John Thompson, University of Virginia; and Steve Jost, Subject Matter A 21st-Century Census Curated Data Enterprise – How does the American Community Survey Fit In? (PDF)
Welcome/ Overview of Agenda (Video) 11:00 AM-11:10 AM Mark Mather, PRB Welcome/ Introduction
Accessing ACS Data Products (Video links in Presentation Title(s) column) 11:10 AM-11:40 AM Maria Valdisera, U.S. Census Bureau Accessing ACS Data Through Data.census.gov (PDF) (Video)
11:10 AM-11:40 AM Jonathan Schroeder, University of Minnesota Crosswalks & Time Series from IPUMS NHGIS: Resources for Linking ACS & Census Summary Data Across Time (PDF) (Video)
11:40 AM-12:10 PM Amanda Klimek and Maria Valdisera, U.S. Census Bureau Accessing ACS Microdata Through MDAT (PDF) (Video)
11:40 AM-12:10 PM Charles Gamble, Vicki Mack, and Bonan Ren, U.S. Census Bureau Using the ACS Summary File (PDF) (Video)
12:10 PM-12:40 PM Jessica Barnett and Mary McKay, U.S. Census Bureau Accessing ACS Data Through the Census API (PDF) (Video)
12:10 PM-12:40 PM Maria Valdisera, U.S. Census Bureau Accessing ACS Data Through Data.census.gov (PDF) (Video)
Break/ Informal Networking 12:40 PM-1:40 PM      
Breakout Session 7: Tools and Resources Using ACS Data (Moderator: David Park, National League of Cities) (Video) 1:40 PM-3:10 PM Prakhar Bajpai and Ian Sapp, City of Austin Innovation Office Taking a Wholistic Look at Community Prosperity through a Neighborhood Level Decision Support Tool (PDF)
1:40 PM-3:10 PM Brian Engelmann and Catherine Dye, Prince William County Government Using Census API and ArcGIS Products to Streamline Demographic Data Retrieval, Processing, Updates, and Online Display (PDF)
1:40 PM-3:10 PM Taylor Lampe, Alexander Chen, Anne Vierse, Isabel S. Nelson, Yuruo Li, Lorna E. Thorpe, Marc N. Gourevitch, and Benjamin Spoer, NYU Langone Health Calculating 118th Congress Metrics for the Congressional District Health Dashboard (PDF)
1:40 PM-3:10 PM Chelsea Richard, South Carolina First Steps ACS Data: Driving Needs Assessments, Strategic Planning, and Funding Allocations for Early Childhood Programs in South Carolina (PDF)
1:40 PM-3:10 PM Megan Schouweiler, University of Minnesota Twin Cities Automatically Adjust Monetary Values in ACS data Using IPUMS USA (PDF)
Breakout Session 8: Assessing and Improving ACS Data Quality  (Moderator: Diana Lavery, Esri, Inc.) (Video) 1:40 PM-3:10 PM Joel Alvarez, Eric Ketcham, Erica Maurer, and Peter Lobo, New York City Department of City Planning In the Shadow of 2020: Navigating the Pitfalls of Using ACS Data After the Pandemic and 2020 Census (PDF)
1:40 PM-3:10 PM Stephanie Baumgardner, U.S. Census Bureau How Response during the American Community Survey’s Personal Interview Phase Has Changed Since the Start of the COVID-19 Pandemic (PDF)
1:40 PM-3:10 PM Rachel Cortes and Ken Hodges, Claritas Using American Community Survey Headship Rates in Small Area Estimates (PDF)
1:40 PM-3:10 PM Edward Kissam, Werner-Kohnstamm Family Giving Fund; J. Gregory Robinson, Retired ACS and Census Low-Response in Hard-To-Count Areas and Consequences for Community Planning and Services: A Fresno County Case Study (PDF)
1:40 PM-3:10 PM R. Chase Sawyer, U.S. Census Bureau Using a Demographic Frame to Potentially Enhance the American Community Survey (PDF)
Break/ Informal Networking 3:10 PM-3:30 PM      
Breakout Session 9: Using the ACS to Study the Effects of COVID-19 (Moderator: Beth Jarosz, PRB) (Video) 3:30 PM-4:50 PM Tiffany Kindratt, University of Texas at Arlington; Florence J. Dallo, Oakland University; Randell Seaton and Julie J. Ruterbusch, Wayne State University  Covid-19 Mortality Among Arab Americans Compared to Non-Hispanic Whites, Non-Hispanic Blacks, Hispanics and Asians in Michigan (PDF)
3:30 PM-4:50 PM Blanca Perez and Kirsten Bobrow, Washington County Health and Human Services Mapping ACS and COVID Vaccination Data for Health Equity (PDF)
3:30 PM-4:50 PM Leah Price and Daniel Lyons, South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce Effects of Covid-19 Pandemic and Learning Loss in SC public schools (PDF)
3:30 PM-4:50 PM Victoria Vernon, SUNY Empire State College; Sabrina Pabilonia, Bureau of Labor Statistics   Remote Work and Wages in the United States (PDF)
Breakout Session 10: Using the ACS to Measure Poverty (Moderator: Mary Ana McKay, U.S. Census Bureau) (Video) 3:30 PM-4:50 PM Matthew Berman, University of Alaska Anchorage Reducing Regional Inequality: Long-term Effects of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend on poverty (PDF)
3:30 PM-4:50 PM Jonathan Buttle, California Department of Finance-Demographic Research Unit A Correlation Analysis of the 2012-2019 ACS SPM Geographic Adjustment Factors (PDF)
3:30 PM-4:50 PM Brian Glassman and Danielle Wilson, U.S. Census Bureau Strategies to Counter Pandemic-Specific Challenges in Producing the Supplemental Poverty Measure in the American Community Survey (PDF)
3:30 PM-4:50 PM Annie Kucklick and Lisa Manzer, University of Washington Prospects for Post-Pandemic Progress: The American Families Plan’s Impact on Washington State Working Families’ Ability to Meet Basic Needs (PDF)

Closing Remarks (Video) 

4:50 PM-5:00 PM PRB/Census Bureau