Race bridging refers to making data collected using one set of race categories consistent with data collected using a different set of race categories, to permit estimation and comparison of race-specific statistics at a point in time or over time. More specifically, race bridging is a method used to make multiple-race and single-race data collection systems sufficiently comparable with permit estimation and analysis of race-specific statistics such as birth and death rates. This entry provides an overview of the origins of race bridging and race-bridging methods and focuses on race bridging to estimate single-race population counts, as this has been the primary use of race bridging to date.


The need for race bridging arose when the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued revised standards in ...

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