Local Complete Count Committee FAQ's
What is a Local Complete Count Committee?
A local complete count committee (LCCC) is a committee used to help educate and spread awareness about an upcoming census. These committees should be made up of leaders and trusted voices within the community who represent a wide spectrum of groups and networks. It is especially important to include organizations that can assist with educating and identifying hard-to-count populations.
What are hard-to-count populations?
These are populations that are hard to locate, interview, persuade, or contact.
Hard to Interview
Language barrier, low literacy rate, or a lack of internet access
Hard to Locate
Housing not included in census files, or people who want to remain hidden
Hard to Contact
Highly mobile, homeless, or physical access barriers such as gated communities
Hard to Persuade
Suspicious of government or have low levels of civic engagement
Who should create a LCCC?
Any organization or group that wants to coordinate efforts to educate and inform the public about the upcoming 2020 Census. While there are no restrictions on who can form a LCCC, in the past most have been formed by government groups. During the 2010 Census, there were 77 county, 22 joint county-city, 20 city, 53 higher education, 11 ethnic groups, and 7 other organizations that formed LCCCs.
What’s the process for creating a LCCC?
Although there is no formally required process, many governments have passed a resolution to create the committee. The government entity leading the charge in creating the committee can invite elected officials and local leaders to participate in the committee.
What’s the structure of a LCCC?
The LCCC should include representatives from a wide range of organizations, groups, and trusted voices that have connections within the community. There are no size requirements as to how small or how large the committee must be. The LCCC should have a chairman to direct the work of the committee and to serve as a liaison to the Census Bureau. The committee should also have subcommittees to focus on outreach efforts to different segments of the community. The U.S. Census Bureau has created a Local Complete Count Committee Guide and a Timeline to provide assistance to LCCCs in their mission.
Who should be a member of the LCCC?
This question will change from community to community, but in general your county needs to include people who have wide networks, are seen as leaders in the community, and who are considered to be a trusted voice. To get the best census results you need to cast a wide net to ensure that there’s a variety of organizations represented. Examples of groups to include are as follows:
- County/city leaders
- K-12 school leaders
- University/technical colleges
- Local chambers/local business organizations
- Community groups
- Nonprofit groups
- Faith leaders
- Civic organizations
- Ethnic organizations
- Minority organizations
- Newspaper/tv station/media staff
Georgia Family Connection and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce are urging their members in every county to be participate in LCCCs formed in their communities.
Why should my county include the local library in the LCCC?
Libraries across the state are gearing up to assist with census outreach and education efforts. Libraries also have computers available for public use that can be helpful to counties with limited internet or computer access for its residents. Find contact information for your local libraries here and here.
What does the LCCC need to do?
First, the LCCC needs to get organized and develop a plan for outreach efforts within the community. The Census Bureau has created a presentation that can assist in these efforts. It is recommended that the LCCC invite a representative of the Census Bureau to the initial kickoff meeting to provide information and guidance. Once established, the main objective of the committee will be to educate the public about the census and to identify areas or communities where additional efforts may be needed. There are many tools available to help your committee analyze previous census efforts and participation in your county. You can find several tools below.
Now that I understand how to form a LCCC and the purpose, how do I get started?
The first step is to discuss how having a LCCC may benefit your county, whether the committee should be formed jointly with cities within your county, and who should be a part of the committee. Once that is determined, your next step would be to authorize the creation of the committee and invite members of the committee to participate in a kickoff meeting. It is recommended that the LCCC invite a representative of the Census Bureau to the initial kickoff meeting to provide information and guidance. If you need guidance at any stage of forming a LCCC, including assistance with your initial meeting, contact Vicki Mack at email@example.com or (678) 938-9052 or Thurmond Tillman at Thurmond.firstname.lastname@example.org or (678) 938-1072.
Will LCCC members have to help with filling out census forms or go door-to-door to collect census results?
No. The work of the committee is to educate and inform. The committee is not involved in the actual collection of the census data.
Is data or marketing information available that can be used by my LCCC?
Yes. There are numerous resources that your LCCC can use to inform the public about the 2020 Census. The US Census in Georgia website has Georgia specific materials as does the ACCG website. The US. Census Bureau has press kits and fact sheets on numerous issues including confidentiality, how to count kids, and information for business, community, nonprofit, and religious organization partners. Local government officials can request a copy of the 2020 Census logo by emailing email@example.com.
Is grant funding available for my LCCC?
There is currently no grant funding available from the state or federal government. However, there are nonprofit groups that have either received grant funding or have grant funding available for outreach efforts regarding specific audiences. Check with these groups within your community to determine if there is a way that your county can partner or benefit from this funding.