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Workshop on State and Local Governments Use of Alternative and Multiple Data Sources

June 1, 2016

NAS Keck Center
500 Fifth Street NW
Washington, DC

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Recent Events

130th CNSTAT Meeting Public Seminar: "
Combining Information from Survey and Non-Survey Data Sources for Policy Research: Challenges and Opportunities"

May 6, 2016

NAS Main Building
2101 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC

Workshop on Collecting Indicators of Criminal Justice System Involvement in Population Health Data Programs

March 29-30, 2016

Keck Center
Washington, DC

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Of Interest

American Statistical Association Releases Statement on Statistical Significance and P-Values

The American Statistical Association (ASA) has released a statement providing guidance on the proper use of p-values, intended to improve the use of quantitative methods in statistical analysis and ensure accurate interpretations of results. Responding to concerns in the scientific and popular science literature about uncritical reliance on p-values for assessing scientific results, it outlines six principles for appropriate use and interpretation of the p-value, including explanations on how each can be applied. The statement also points out that the growing interest in techniques for analyzing large, complex data sets (“big data”) has expanded the scope for statistics, emphasizing the importance of appropriate measurement techniques, properly conducted analyses, and correct interpretation of data. Ron Wasserstein, ASA’s executive director, stated that “What we hope will follow is a broad discussion across the scientific community that leads to a more nuanced approach to interpreting, communicating, and using the results of statistical methods in research.”

Read the statement here.

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Recent Reports

Modernizing Crime Statistics:
Report 1: Defining and Classifying Crime

CrimesceneThis report is the first of two reports on developing a new set of indicators of crime in the United States. This report proposes a new system for the classification of crime—an initial conceptual framework in modernizing crime statistics—based on historical and international efforts to define crime and on the diverse demands for and uses of crime data by stakeholders.

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Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Fatigue, Long-Term Health, and Highway Safety: Research Needs

Driver FatigueLThis report examines the relationship between hours of service regulations, acute fatigue and crash risk and assesses the extent to which chronic fatigue affected driver’s long-term health. The report calls for the collection of more comprehensive data and for the use of causal inferential techniques to better understand the role of acute and chronic fatigue in crash risk and driver health.

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Workshop Summary
Measuring Specific Mental Illness Diagnoses with Functional Impairment

Mental Illness Diagnoses coverThis new report from the Committee on National Statistics is the summary of a workshop held to discuss measures and mechanisms for expanding the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s data collection on specific mental illness diagnoses with functional impairment.

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The Bicentennial Census:
New Directions for Methodology in 1990
30th Anniversary Edition

BicentCensusThis report reissues and makes available electronically the seminal 1985 report of a CNSTAT panel that studied methodological issues in conducting an accurate and cost-effective population census, The Bicentennial Census: New Directions for Methodology in 1990. In 1982, the Census Bureau requested the Committee on National Statistics to establish a panel to suggest research and experiments, to recommend improved methods, and to guide the Census Bureau on technical problems in appraising contending methods with regard to the conduct of the decennial census. In response, the panel produced an interim report that focused on recommendations for improvements in census methodology that warranted early investigation and testing. The interim report was followed by the panel’s final report, available for the first time in electronic format.

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