From June to December 2009, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) undertook a focused six-month monitoring project, evaluating the Census Bureau's outreach plans to the Asian American community. As the Bureau did in 2000, significant efforts were made to educate racial, ethnic, and language minorities to increase participation in the 2010 census. While the Bureau has generally been responsive to the needs of Asian Americans, AALDEF's assessment identified some deficiencies. Widespread problems included the following: insufficient support from some Partnership Specialists, limited or no opportunity to preview draft advertisements, misinformation about key programs like the Questionnaire Assistance Centers and Be Counted sites, mistranslations of census materials, and persistent concerns about the confidentiality of census information.
AALDEF worked with more than 100 Asian American community-based organizations (CBOs) in fifteen states: New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Texas, Louisiana, Washington, and California. Members of the National Asian American Census Task Force included OCA National, South Asian Americans Leading Together, National Korean American Service & Education Consortium, Chinese for Affirmative Action, Asian Law Caucus, and Asian American Federation of New York. Through personal interviews, conference calls, and an online survey, community leaders provided feedback and insight on their experiences with the Bureau's programs, particularly the Partnership Program, Language Assistance, and Other Operations.