The National Institute for Latino Policy has been a leader in promoting the participation of the Latino community on issues related to the work of the US Bureau of the Census. Given the importance of Census data to the Latino community, NiLP created the Latino Census Network in 2007 to promote full Latino participation in the 2010 Census and beyond. The Latino Census Network has become the leading national clearinghouse on Census issues affecting the Latino population in the United States.
NiLP has also been designated by the Census Bureau as a Census Information Center (CIC), an official repository of Census data. NiLP has served as a member of the Steering Committee of the Bureau's CIC Program and published a study, Data Disemination to Communities of Color: The Role of the Census Information Centers, that discusses the challenges of promoting the utilization of Census data in Latino and other historically underserved communities. Through NiLP's Latino Datanote briefs, Census and other data and statistics on Latinos are disseminated.
NiLP has also taken the lead in questioning the Census Bureau serious underrepresentation of Latinos on ts staff. More recently, NiLP pointed out this problem in terms of the membership of the Bureau's National Advisory Committee on Racial, Etnic and Other Populations.