ADI’s Success Story with the U.S. Census Bureau
ADI has been consulting with the U.S. Census Bureau since the company’s historical origins in the RIT Research Corporation in 1993.
We were instrumental in helping the Census Bureau use digital electronic imaging in forms processing for the first time in the 2000 Census. This new technology enabled the Bureau to have the highest quality data capture since the first Census in 1790.
Beginning in 2003, we continued helping Census as ADI, LLC teamed with the Gunnison Consulting Group, which presently has a five-year IT R&D Contract with Census that runs from 2010 through 2014.
The data capture portion of the 2010 Decennial Census was called the Decennial Response Integration System (DRIS). We performed a large number of tasks for the Census Bureau, including form design support and printing quality assistance through a system we developed called Quality Information for Successful Printing (QUISPII). This quality system was a great success, and the print quality for DRIS was excellent.
We also performed scanner testing and evaluation and supplied special test materials such as our patent-pending Digital Test Decks® for data capture testing and evaluation during the development of the DRIS Program. Once production began in March 2010, we evaluated actual production data quality with our patent-pending Production Data Quality (PDQ) system that is the only system of its kind for cost-effectively determining the truth of production data and subsequently using that truth to precisely score the final output data accuracy. This PDQ system also allowed data capture accuracy assessments on a daily basis, and allowed the prime contractor to find and repair processing problems in a timely manner.
We expect to continue to support the Census Bureau. In fiscal year 2011, we performed “Lessons Learned” studies based on our extensive testing of DRIS and will continue to develop new technologies looking forward to the 2020 Decennial Census, including multi-mode testing of all four modes of data capture: self-administered paper forms, computer-assisted personal interviews, computer-assisted telephone interviews, and the internet.