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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

Federal Household and Business Surveys

An important role fulfilled by CNSTAT panels is to evaluate federal household and business surveys and consider ways in which they can be improved and updated. CNSTAT panels have made recommendations on topics ranging from increasing the efficiency of the data collection methods to enhancing the usability of the data.

A recent study advised the Bureau of Labor Statistics on options for redesigning the Consumer Expenditure Surveys, which are the principal source of knowledge about changing patterns of consumer spending in the United States. Another recent study evaluated redesign options for the Energy Information Administration’s Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey and Residential Energy Consumption Survey, which are the most relevant sources of data available to researchers and policy makers interested in residential and commercial energy consumption. CNSTAT panels have also provided guidance on improving the Survey of Income and Program Participation, the National Crime Victimization Survey, the Agricultural Resource Management Survey, the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics surveys of research and development expenditures (in academia, the business sector, and government), and other flagship household and business surveys of the federal statistical system.

Workshops organized by CNSTAT have brought together leaders in the statistical, policy analysis, and research communities to discuss challenges common to federal household surveys, such as declining response rates, and challenges common to business surveys, such as impediments to developing a synchronized business address list for use in government surveys.

 

Current Projects

   
Review and Evaluate the 2014 Survey of Income and Program Participation Content and Design

   
Completed Projects and Workshops
   

Measuring What We Spend: Toward a New Consumer Expenditure Survey

Measuring Rape and Sexual Assault in BJS Household Surveys

   

 

   

 

 

 

  

Relevant Reports

Estimating the Incidence of Rape and Sexual Assault  (CNSTAT)
2014

The Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS) National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) measures the rates at which Americans are victims of crimes, including rape and sexual assault, but there is concern... 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


Measuring What We Spend: Toward a New Consumer Expenditure Survey  (CNSTAT)
2013

The Consumer Expenditure (CE) surveys are the only source of information on the complete range of consumers' expenditures and incomes in the United States, as well as the characteristics of those... Read more


Effective Tracking of Building Energy Use: Improving the Commercial Buildings and Residential Energy Consumption Surveys  (CNSTAT,BEES)
2012

The United States is responsible for nearly one-fifth of the world's energy consumption. Population growth, and the associated growth in housing, commercial floor space, transportation, goods, and... 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


Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey Letter Report  (CNSTAT)
2010

The Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) is a survey of commercial buildings in the United States, mandated by Congress to provide comprehensive information about energy use in... Read more


Reengineering the Survey of Income and Program Participation  (CNSTAT)
2009

Beginning in 2006, the Census Bureau embarked on a program to reengineer the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) to reduce its costs and improve data quality and timeliness. The Bureau... Read more


Surveying Victims: Options for Conducting the National Crime Victimization Survey  (CNSTAT,CLAJ)
2008

It is easy to underestimate how little was known about crimes and victims before the findings of the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) became common wisdom. In the late 1960s, knowledge of... Read more


The National Children's Study Research Plan: A Review  (CNSTAT,BOCYF,BPH)
2008

The National Children's Study (NCS) is planned to be the largest long-term study of environmental and genetic effects on children's health ever conducted in the United States. It proposes to examine... Read more


Understanding American Agriculture: Challenges for the Agricultural Resource Management Survey  (CNSTAT)
2007

The Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS) is the federal government's primary source of information on the financial condition, production practices, and resource use on farms, as well as the... Read more


Food Insecurity and Hunger in the United States: An Assessment of the Measure  (CNSTAT)
2006

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Measuring Personal Travel and Goods Movement: A Review of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics' Surveys -- Special Report 277  (CNSTAT,TRB)
2003

TRB Special Report 277 - Measuring Personal Travel and Goods Movement recommends a series of actions the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) should take to... Read more


Measuring Housing Discrimination in a National Study: Report of a Workshop  (CBASSE)
2002

Federal law prohibits housing discrimination on the basis of seven protected classes including race. Despite 30 years of legal prohibition under the Fair Housing Act, however, there is evidence of... Read more


Letter Report to the Census Bureau on the Design for the Accuracy and Coverage Evaluation (ACE) Survey  (CBASSE)
1999

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Longitudinal Surveys of Children  (CBASSE)
1998

The Committee and the Board on Children, Youth, and Families convened in September a workshop to discuss ways to foster greater collaboration and sharing of information among principal investigators... Read more


The Future of the Survey of Income and Program Participation  (CBASSE)
1993

This book evaluates changes needed to improve the usefulness and cost-effectiveness of the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). Conducted by the Census Bureau, SIPP is a major continuing... Read more


Toward a National Health Care Survey:A Data System for the 21st Century  (CBASSE)
1992

The nation's health care system has changed dramatically and the country is debating further significant changes. Comprehensive information is needed to guide policymakers in understanding and... Read more


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