PALCUS Launches Second Edition of the PALCUS Index National Community Survey – 2019

The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States (PALCUS) is launching the second edition of the PALCUS Index National Survey.
The PALCUS Index, will be conducted bi-annually and aims to collect data regarding the issues that matter to the Portuguese-American communities across the United States. In addition, the survey seeks to take note of how connected these communities feel to Portugal and the local Portuguese communities throughout the United States. The collection of data on a bi-annual basis will allow for the identification of trends in the Portuguese-American community-at-large over time, as well as provide insight into how to maintain and engage within the communities.


Additions for 2019 Survey:
This year’s survey has additional questions about taking care of the elderly, about the 2020 Census and study-abroad programs in Portugal.
Also, hard copies of the survey will be available at the seven Portuguese Consulates located throughout the country for those who prefer to fill out the survey manually instead of online.  Hard copies can also be downloaded below.
“A national survey of this nature is critical for us to understand what matters most to our Portuguese-American communities,” said Angela Simoes, PALCUS Chairwoman.  “Last year’s survey provided insightful information, and so we will continue to conduct this survey on a bi-annual basis to seek answers to questions such as why or why not are people involved in the Portuguese community; what kind of events or new activities do they want to see in their community; how often do they travel to Portugal; are they using Portuguese in their jobs?  These are questions that have never really been asked before, and knowing this information will help all of our organizations plan for the future.”
The responses will be collected online via QuestionPro, and then analyzed by PALCUS Research Fellow Dr. Dulce Maria Scott (Anderson University). Dr. Scott specializes in conducting survey-based research and has assisted us in the past with our national surveys. Along with her team, Scott will establish a database of the data collected and a formal report will then be published to the public. In addition, a Webinar will be conducted to share the results with the community and an infographic will be created to share the findings in an easy-to-read format.
Aside from data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, the PALCUS Index serves as the primary source of information regarding the national Portuguese-American community.
“We encourage all Portuguese and Portuguese-Americans living in the US to complete the PALCUS Index national community survey – it takes 15 minutes to complete, but will yield valuable information to help our community grow and thrive for generations to come,” added Simoes.
For more information, and to view the results of last year’s survey, please visit:
Thank you. Muito obrigado.

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