Friday, August 1, 2014 
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Coordinating and Sustaining Federal Statistics

Decennial Census and American Community Survey

Economic Measurement

Federal Household and Business Surveys

Health and Social Welfare

Principles and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency

Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Indicators

Statistical Methods and Estimates for Policy Use

Health and Social Welfare


CNSTAT’s landmark report Measuring Poverty: A New Approach (1995) proposed revised poverty measures to more accurately measure economic disadvantage. After use by the Census Bureau on an experimental basis, a formula based on Measuring Poverty was adopted by New York City as its official poverty measure in 2008 and was used in a new Supplemental Poverty Measure published by the Census Bureau in 2011. CNSTAT’s work on welfare and poverty issues expanded to include a major study of measures of food insecurity and hunger, a study of measuring financial vulnerability from spending on medical care, and a workshop on developing a research agenda on the causes and consequences of child food insecurity and hunger. The Committee has also twice conducted in-depth reviews of the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation.

Most recently, CNSTAT has begun a set of activities on measures of self-reported well-being—expanding on traditional economic measures to get a sense of the general “happiness” (or relative “misery”) of the population. Such measures have begun to gain traction in the United Kingdom and in other national statistical offices, and CNSTAT’s work helps bridge analytical work being done by researchers
in the United States and around the world.


Current Projects


Workshop on Data and Research to Improve the Food Availability Data System and Estimates of Food Loss

Completed Projects and Workshops

Workshop on Research Gaps and Opportunities for Exploring the Relationship of the Arts to Health and Well-Being in Older Adults

Measuring Medical Care Risk in Conjunction with the New Supplemental Poverty Measure

Workshop on the Design of the National Children’s Study

Workshop on Research Gaps and Opportunities in Child Hunger

Measuring Subjective Well-Being in a Policy-Relevant Framework





Relevant Reports

The National Academies