My Two Census

Formerly the non-partisan watchdog of the 2010 US Census, and currently an opinion blog that covers all things political, media, foreign policy, globalization, and culture…but sometimes returning to its census/demographics roots.

Can someone send me a “Partnership Specialist” handbook?

I would really love to know if the Census Bureau tells its “partnership specialists” to proclaim every 2010 Census an event a success, even if it is actually a colossal failure. From reading recent articles about poor turnouts at Census Bureau events that are called “successes” by staff members, this seems like a probably strategy. I hope that there’s a reader out there who can clarify this information for me. Many thanks in advance. – SRM

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5 Responses to “Can someone send me a “Partnership Specialist” handbook?”

  1. Steven Jost, U.S. Census Says:

    You don’t think the news coverage makes it a success? The aim is to increase the rate of participation in the Census.

  2. FactFinder Says:


    If you’re going to make up issues to critize the Census Bureau, you might not want to provide the link to the article proving you wrong. The partnership specialist at the Darlington event did NOT say the event was a success as you suggest. That quote was attributed to the Darlington County Councilwoman. The partnership specialist was quoted as saying “We can’t overemphasize how important this is.”

    Mr. Jost is correct. It’s not how many people attend the event but how many people see the media coverage of their local leaders stating the importance of the census that makes it successful.

  3. Rural Ronnie Says:

    Can I pipe in on news coverage and the illusion of success? Last year, the Census touted its smashing job of hiring hundreds of thousands last year–the heroes of 2009 at the height of the American recession. I’m sure that’s technically true. Technically meaning people were hired. But how many were given significant and regular work after their week of training? When I heard the news reports, I wondered–and hoped–that what I saw were truly isolated cases: People hired, trained (travel, hotel and per diem paid, of course) and then given NO work. Nope, not one day for many. In one case, people were flown in, put up for a week at a hotel, flown home, and then they each worked one single day. They haven’t worked since. I’m willing to bet these were not isolated cases, and I’m darn sure they were included in those employment numbers.

  4. Stephen Robert Morse Says:

    @Steve Jost – I understand the aim, but I stand by my position that an article titled “Census rally draws light turnout” is not the message you want to send. Perhaps you are of the mindset that “all press is good press” but I don’t think that’s necessarily true when you are trying to create an image, not just gain more popularity or Twitter followers or something along those lines. – SRM

  5. Stephen Robert Morse Says:

    Also @Steve Jost – Is it protocol for partnership specialists to claim that all events are successful? Thanks – SRM