SACOG offers a variety of training courses — both in-house training as well as hosting other trainers such as U.S. Census Bureau staff.

The SACOG Youtube channel includes a wide variety of trainings, workshops and other events.

Census Training

The Census Bureau Educational Resources website includes a variety of webinars, trainings and assistance with using Census materials.

SACOG traditionally hosts one to three FREE Census Workshops per calendar year. For information on upcoming Census Workshops, or to request particular workshop topics, please contact Tina Glover.

Past Census workshop information and materials can be downloaded and/or viewed below.


Getting to Know the Ferrett:
Data Ferrett for Accessing Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS)

This workshop was held May 3, 2017 and provided an overview of how to Access American Community Survey (ACS) Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS), and customize tables using Data Ferrett. Participants also learned how to cross-tabulate and modify variables to fulfill specific requirements of a project. Using Data Ferrett, can assist you in developing an unlimited array of customized spreadsheets for your project requirements. This topic has been requested by more advanced Census data users.


Race and Ethnic Studies

This workshop was held May 2, 2017. Race has been asked as part of the Census since 1790 and Ethnicity since 1970. This workshop provides an overview of the race and ethnic categories as mandated by the Office of Management and Budget. Race is key in implementing many federal laws and is needed to monitor compliance with the Voting Rights Act and Civil Rights Act. Race and Ethnicity data is used to assess fairness of employment practices and to monitor racial disparities in characteristics such as health and education.


Community Analysis Workshop
Creating Community/Neighborhood Profiles

This presentation was held May 2, 2017. The Community/Neighborhood Analysis workshop is designed for data users seeking to capture the key demographic, social, economic and housing indicators that define their Community and Neighborhoods. Specific Topics include: accessing data for small area geographies, data variables used in community analysis and using American FactFinder to navigate Census products. Attendees will go online to obtain age, income, poverty, race and ethnicity and other measures to create community profiles, tables and maps.


Using Census Data: How to Track Trends

This presentation was held on March 2, 2016 and provided training on ways to determine changes in data over time and make it useful for research and planning purposes. The training included  a basic overview of navigating American FactFinder and Census websites, a brief review of data collection methods, defining and locating time periods for comparison, and creating tables to track the results.

Contact Tina Glover with any questions.


The 2012 Economic Census: An Update, and Important Changes for California

This presentation was held September 10, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and provided an overview of the Census Bureau’s economic data for California, focusing on the largest economic program Census conducts, the Economic Census. An update on which reports have already been released (and which are coming soon) was provided, with highlights of the important industry, geographic, and other changes that will impact data users. This presentation profiled the Census Bureau’s web site, a valuable resource for businesses, chambers of commerce, and economic development staff.


Census Data for Grantwriters

Duplicate sessions of the “Census Data for Grantwriters” hands-on workshop were held Wednesday, February 26, and Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 9 a.m. to Noon in Sacramento, offered in collaboration with the City of Rancho Cordova and the Non-Profit Resource Center. This workshop reviewed the basics of using census data in grant proposal writing. Learn where to locate census demographics to help build an effective case for project funding.