The US Census serves as a fundamental building block for our democracy with direct implications for our state's representation at the federal level as well as the allocation of billions of dollars of federal funding for critical public programs. In response to advocacy efforts highlighting the critical importance of an accurate count, the state of California has made an unprecedented investment of $187 million to support census outreach across the state.
This learning memo is part of an evaluation of We Count LA outreach efforts from the California Community Foundation. It is designed to document insights and lessons from early planning efforts on the "road to readiness," as well as lift-up key considerations and gaps as partners pivot from planning to Census implementation. The key themes and takeaways in this learning memo reflect both the early achievements and key issues from the Los Angeles Regional Census Table regional leads as they begin to pivot from the census planning to implementation phase.