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Urban Policy and the Census

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Urban Policy and the Census helps researchers and policy analysts gain an integrated understanding of census data and other relevant policy data sources, their strengths and limitations, and how best to use this data in policy research. Researchers will be able to critically assess decennial census and the American Community Survey data, which can be the starting point for spatial analysis for realistic policy planning and decision making. The book shows that evidence-based policy is effective only when the evidence is sound and used appropriately. It provides guidance for analyzing demographic and social trends, economic trends, housing circumstances, and transportation issues.

Heather MacDonald, a former associate professor in the urban and regional planning program at the University of Iowa, is a senior lecturer and course director of planning in the School of the Built Environment at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia.

Alan Peters is a professor of the built environment at the University of New South Wales. Peters, who previously held the positions of professor and chair of urban and regional planning at both the University of Sydney and the University of Iowa, coauthored with MacDonald Unlocking the Cenus with GIS (Esri Press 2004).

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ISBN: 9781589482227    2011   200 pages   $49.95