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Census Bureau Data for Grant Writers: New Data Platforms and Tools


Census Bureau data is foundational in writing successful grant applications, but users can often feel overwhelmed when searching for the data they need. With major upcoming data releases from the Economic Census, the American Community Survey, and the 2020 Census, it is critical that grant professionals stay up-to-date on the new ways of accessing data prior to the retirement of existing tools.
This session will provide an overview of the invaluable, key Census Bureau data that grant writers can use and how they can use them.  The session will also feature live demonstrations of two tools to access these data, guided by examples of using demographic and business data in effective grant applications:
- Data.Census.Gov - Currently available as a public preview site, this new platform will be officially released in June 2019 to support upcoming releases for all of the Census Bureau's major surveys and programs.
- Census Business Builder - A suite of services that provide selected demographic and economic data from the Census Bureau in a simple to access and use format.
Learning objectives for the session focus on finding relevant data to craft, construct, and submit effective grant applications. At the end of the session, learners will be able to:
- Identify the Census Bureau programs which provide the best data for their grant proposals, including data from the Decennial Census, the American Community Survey, the Economic Census, and more
- Navigate new ways of accessing Census Bureau data through and Census Business Builder
- Explore the latest tables, maps, reports, and data visualizations from the Census Bureau in an easily digestible format

GPC Competencies Addressed:
How to craft, construct, and submit an effective grant application 

Tyson is a program analyst in the Census Bureau's Center for Enterprise Dissemination, where he engages data users in the new platform to access Census data on Previously a survey statistician, he has specialized knowledge and experience working with American Community Survey data. Tyson earned his bachelor's degrees in economics and public affairs from Indiana University and his master's degree in communications from Purdue University.

Mr. Hait is an Economist in the Governments and Trade Management Division at the U.S. Census Bureau.  With over 30 years of service, Andy advises on Economic data products and tools and conducts data user training for the Census Bureau's monthly, quarterly, and annual economic survey programs and the Economic Census. He also coordinates development of Census Business Builder, a tool that presents selected demographic and business data. Mr. Hait holds a BA in Economics from Syracuse University.