Census Innovations During COVID-19


Friday, April 17, 2020, 1:00pm to 2:00pm

This event concluded on April 17, 2020. View the original description and event recording below.

The decennial census is a cornerstone of America’s democracy, and the current pandemic poses unprecedented challenges to obtain an accurate count. Everything from hospital and school facilities planning to economic development programs and emergency preparedness relies on census data. Listen to our first discussion on the 2020 U.S. Census here.


  • Teresa Acuña, Associate Director of Democratic Governance Programs, Harvard Ash Center
  • Kyla Fullenwider, Former Chief Innovation Officer, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Ditas Katague, Director, California Complete Count – Census 2020
  • John Flores Mallari Joanino, MPP 2021, Harvard Kennedy School

Hosted by the Harvard Votes Challenge and Ash Center Democratic Governance and Innovation. This event is co-sponsored by the Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership. This event is part of the Democracy and Justice During Pandemic virtual series.

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