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Forming a CCC

Learn more about how a Complete Count Committee works and how to start forming and structuring one in your community.

What is a Complete Count Committee?

The Census Bureau needs help to count everyone. They require the assistance of partners—individuals, groups, and organizations across the nation that help them build awareness about the census, why it is important, and encourage their community to participate.

A Complete Count Committee (CCC) is a volunteer committee established by tribal, state, and local governments, and/or community leaders, to increase awareness about the census, and motivate residents in the community to respond. The committees work best when they include a cross section of community representatives from government agencies, education, business, religious organizations, and the media. The CCC is charged with developing and implementing a plan designed to target the unique characteristics of their community. 

Types of Complete Count Committees

Complete Count Committees (CCCs) come in different types and sizes, depending on how they are organized and where they are located. 

  • Government-sponsored CCCs may have a state, regional, or local focus, and operate within the juris- diction of their highest elected official(s). Local government CCCs may include more than one jurisdiction. Most local government CCCs are small to medium size depending on the jurisdiction. A small town may have a small committee with only 3–5 members, while a larger community’s CCC may be medium to large size, with anywhere from 10 to more than 100 members, depending on the size of the city or tribe.
  • Community-sponsored CCCs may be organized by a community group or a coalition of community groups. A CCC may also be assumed by or assigned to an existing committee or group such as a city planning board, a regional planning commission, or a local community committee. 


Why form a Complete Count Committee?

A Complete Count Committee should be formed to:
  • Increase the response rate for residents mailing back their questionnaire through a focused, structured, neighbor-to-neighbor program.
  • Utilize the local knowledge, expertise, and influence of each Complete Count Committee member to design and implement a census awareness campaign targeted to the community.
  • Bring together a cross section of community members whose focus is 2020 Census awareness.
  • Develop ways to reach the hard-to-count residents
  • Build trust of the Census among their stakeholders
  • Implement outreach strategies in his/her own community or organization
  • Tracking and reporting progress and efforts


What are the first steps to forming a CCC?

  • Have the highest elected official or other community leader officially form the committee
  • Schedule the first meeting
  • Recruit members from a cross-section of community groups
  • Create subcommittees -- each subcommittee should choose target populations and activities
Below is a sample committee structure:
 CCC organization chart


Strategies for Success

  • Set clear, achievable goals and objectives.
  • Identify targets (populations or areas) for aggressive outreach through—
  • Direct community outreach—touching as many people as possible through swap meets, sports events, festivals, parades, etc.
  • Strategic partnerships with counties, schools, state agencies, and community-based organizations.
  • Coordinate activities with local CCCs throughout the state.
  • Create promotional materials and items for populations or areas identified.
  • Create events in key areas where none exist.

A successful complete count committee involves a number of people, organizations and businesses from every part of the community 

Minnesota Complete Count Committee: A list of the organizations represented at the MN CCC's initial meeting on July 25, 2018


Download the Organizing for a Complete Count Manual to learn recruiting tips, subcommittee structuring, sample outreach activities, and more.
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