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   CNSTAT - TOPICS

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

Coordinating and Sustaining Federal Statistics

A Centralizing Influence in the Federal Statistical System
The federal statistical system is a critical part of the nation’s science and information infrastructure. The United States has one of the most decentralized statistical systems in the developed world. At present, there are 14 member agencies of the Interagency Council on Statistical Policy, established in the Paperwork Reduction Act, and chaired by the chief statistician who directs the Statistical and Science Policy in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. These principal statistical agencies include the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Economic Research Service of the USDA, Energy Information Administration, National Agricultural Statistics Service, National Center for Education Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Office of Environmental Information, Social Security Administration, Statistics of Income Division, and the U.S. Census Bureau. In addition, there are more than 85 other agencies that are projected to spend at least $500,000 on “statistical services” in fiscal year 2013. CNSTAT, through its studies, workshops, seminars, and the quadrennial publication of Principles and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency, serves as a centralizing and sustaining influence for the system as a whole. The recommendations and lessons learned from individual panel studies are frequently pertinent to multiple agencies, and the Committee often strives to convene activities on methodological and operational problems that may be difficult for individual agencies to address on their own. The projects and reports listed below cover such cross-agency topics as providing access to statistical data while protecting the privacy of respondents’ information, coordinating census, survey, and administrative records programs across agencies in broad subject areas (e.g., science policy, business dynamics, disability measurement, and others), and addressing common methodological challenges (e.g., survey automation and data dissemination in an Internet age).

 

Current Projects

   
Guidelines for Returning Individual Results from Genome Research Using Population-Based Banked Specimens: A Workshop

Modernizing the Nation’s Crime Statistics

   
Completed Projects and Workshops
   

Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP)

   

 

   

 

Relevant Reports

Science of Science and Innovation Policy: Principal Investigators' Conference Summary  (CNSTAT)
2014

The National Science Foundation developed the Science of Science and Innovation Policy program (SciSIP) in 2006 to fund basic and applied research that bears on and can help guide public- and... Read more


Nonresponse in Social Science Surveys: A Research Agenda  (CNSTAT)
2013

For many household surveys in the United States, responses rates have been steadily declining for at least the past two decades. A similar decline in survey response can be observed in all wealthy... Read more


Communicating Science and Engineering Data in the Information Age  (CNSTAT,CSTB)
2011

The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) communicates its science and engineering (S&E) information to data users in a very fluid... Read more


The Future of Federal Household Surveys: A Workshop Summary  (CNSTAT)
2011

Federal household surveys today face several significant challenges including: increasing costs of data collection, declining response rates, perceptions of increasing response burden, inadequate... Read more


Facilitating Innovation in the Federal Statistical System:Summary of a Workshop  (CNSTAT)
2011

On May 8, 2009, the symposium, The Federal Statistical System: Recognizing Its Contributions, Moving It Forward was held in Washington, DC. One of the topics considered at that symposium was the... Read more


Conducting Biosocial Surveys:Collecting, Storing, Accessing, and Protecting Biospecimens and Biodata  (CNSTAT,CPOP)
2010

Recent years have seen a growing tendency for social scientists to collect biological specimens such as blood, urine, and saliva as part of large-scale household surveys. By combining biological and... Read more


Protecting and Accessing Data from the Survey of Earned Doctorates:A Workshop Summary  (CNSTAT)
2010

The Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) collects data on the number and characteristics of individuals receiving research doctoral degrees from all accredited U.S. institutions. The results of this... Read more


Improving the Measurement of Late-Life Disability in Population Surveys:Beyond ADLs and IADLs: Summary of a Workshop  (CNSTAT,CPOP)
2009

Improving the Measurement of Late-Life Disability in Population Surveys summarizes a workshop organized to draw upon recent advances to improve the measurement of physical and cognitive disability in... Read more


Protecting Individual Privacy in the Struggle Against Terrorists: A Framework for Program Assessment  (CLAJ,CNSTAT,CSTB)
2008

All U.S. agencies with counterterrorism programs that collect or "mine" personal data -- such as phone records or Web sites visited -- should be required to evaluate the programs' effectiveness,... Read more


Protecting Student Records and Facilitating Education Research:A Workshop Summary  (CNSTAT,CFE)
2008

Designed to protect the privacy of individual student test scores, grades, and other education records, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 places limits the access of... Read more


Understanding Business Dynamics: An Integrated Data System for America's Future  (CNSTAT)
2007

The U.S. economy is highly dynamic: businesses open and close, workers switch jobs and start new enterprises, and innovative technologies redefine the workplace and enhance productivity. With... Read more


Improving Data to Analyze Food and Nutrition Policies  (CNSTAT)
2005

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Expanding Access to Research Data: Reconciling Risks and Opportunities  (CNSTAT)
2005

Policy makers need information about the nation ranging from trends in the overall economy down to the use by individuals of Medicare in order to evaluate existing programs and to develop new ones.... Read more


Eliminating Health Disparities: Measurement and Data Needs  (CNSTAT)
2004

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Survey Automation: Report and Workshop Proceedings  (CNSTAT)
2003

For over 100 years, the evolution of modern survey methodology using the theory of representative sampling to make interferences from a part of the population to the whole has been paralleled by a... Read more


Protecting Participants and Facilitating Social and Behavioral Sciences Research  (CNSTAT,BBCSS)
2003

Institutional review boards (IRBs) are the linchpins of the protection systems that govern human participation in research. In recent years, high-profile cases have focused attention on the... Read more


Responsible Research:A Systems Approach to Protecting Research Participants  (IOM)
2003

When 18-year-old Jesse Gelsinger died in a gene transfer study at the University of Pennsylvania, the national spotlight focused on the procedures used to ensure research participants safety and... Read more


Improving Access to and Confidentiality of Research Data: Report of a Workshop  (CBASSE)
2000

Improving Access to and Confidentiality of Research Data summarizes a workshop convened by the Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) to promote discussion about methods for advancing the often... Read more


Summary of a Workshop on Information Technology Research for Federal Statistics  (CSTB,CPSMA,CNSTAT)
2000

Part of an in-depth study of how information technology research and development could more effectively support advances in the use of information technology (IT) in government, Summary of a Workshop... Read more


Private Lives and Public Policies:Confidentiality and Accessibility of Government Statistics  (CBASSE)
1993

Americans are increasingly concerned about the privacy of personal data--yet we demand more and more information for public decision making. This volume explores the seeming conflicts between privacy... Read more


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