Modernization & Re–engineering
Census of Governments Modernization & Re–engineering
In 2008, Governments Division began a program modernization
and re–engineering effort with the goal of undertaking
the majority of changes by the 2012 Census of Governments. This
program modernization addresses all facets of the Census of
Governments from content, to business analysis, to information
technology infrastructure, to dissemination and outreach, and was
guided in part, by a 2007 review by the
Committee on National Statistics
(CNStat) report (State and Local Government Statistics
at a Crossroads). In recognition of the need to preserve the
integrity of the Census of Governments historical data with the
need for more relevant data, we have implemented a strategy to
modernize and re–engineer our collections and processes while
strengthening our relationships with our data users. We have
implemented a three–pronged approach involving a series of data user
exchanges, implementation of a research program, and business and
information technology modernization.
Data User Exchanges
In order to ensure the relevance and usability of Governments
Division programs, the Governments Division implemented a
series of data user exchanges. These exchanges began with a
series of five exchanges in the fall and winter of 2009–2010
and a data user workshop in March, 2010.
These meetings explored the varying needs of the data user
community as Governments Division addresses potential changes
to the content of the Census of Governments, and its related
annual and quarterly programs.
Data User Exchanges
Governments Division Workshop
In 2009, Governments Division launched a formal research
program to address what is needed to improve the quality,
timeliness, and relevance of the statistics on state and
local governments. It chronicles known current and future
research projects for the Census of Governments and related
surveys as well as the known research needs of sponsors.
The program establishes a research report series and provides
opportunities to develop division staff, and facilitate knowledge
transfer and succession planning.
Research Program for Surveys of Governments [PDF, 334KB]
Released papers from the research
report series can be found on the
Governments Publications page.
Process Modernization & Re–engineering
Governments Division has embarked on an effort for the full
integration of our business processes and information technology
to allow for greater flexibility, process improvements and
efficiencies in operations and statistical quality. The principle
drivers of this process modernization and re–engineering include
the input from the data user exchanges, the results of the
Division’s Research Program, and a series of evaluations of our
programs and processes.
The effort is being conducted in two phases: Phase I consisted
of a complete evaluation of the existing systems, database
architecture, software applications, as well as all business
processes on a survey–by–survey basis to identify areas
for improvement. Phase II will develop a concept of operations,
database architecture, system requirements, and both conceptual and
physical data models.
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