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Recent Events

BDD Big Data Day 2018
On May 11th, 2018, the Committee on National Statistics hosted Big Data Day along with the Interagency Council on Statistical Policy in place of its normal public seminar. Big Data Day featured a panel discussion, eight lightning presentations, eight live demonstrations, and over twenty different posters, all about federal statistical agencies use of Big Data. Material and photos from Big Data Day can be found here.

Upcoming Events

Third Meeting of the Panel on Improving Consumer Data for Food and Nutrition Policy Research

September 20, 2018

The third public meeting of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s (NASEM) Panel on Improving Consumer Data for Food and Nutrition Policy Research will be held September 20, 2018 at the National Academy of Sciences Building at 2101 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC (Room 120). The study, sponsored by USDA’s Economic Research Service as part of their Consumer Food Data System (CFDS) Program, is being conducted by the NASEM’s Committee on National Statistics. Marianne Bitler, Professor of Economics at the University of California, Davis, is serving as Chair.

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CNSTAT Task Force on the 2020 Census Releases Letter Report

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In response to the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) recent request for public comments on the 2020 Census, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Committee on National Statistics' Task Force on the 2020 Census today issues a letter report and submitted it as a public comment to DOC.

The Task Force concluded that DOC's recent decision to add a question on the citizenship status to the 2020 census is inconsistent with the "proper performance of the functions" on the Census Bureau. The Task Force noted that the American Community Survey already meets the stated need for citizenship data and adding the question without proper testing would impair the quality of the 2020 Census as a whole. Furthermore, adding the citizenship question and using the method described in the Secretary of Commerce's memo and the Census Bureau's review would create a new register of citizens. Such a register has unclear statistical purposes and could not under current law be used for nonstatistical purposes, such as law enforcement against individuals, and still comport with the Bureau's mission as a federal statistical agency.

While citizenship is an important public policy topic and worthy of high-quality data collection, adding this question to the 2020 Census risks undermining the credibility of the Census Bureau and the decennial census, the trust of its respondents, and then independence of the Census Bureau's professional staff to develop, produce, and disseminate objective information while protecting confidentiality of respondents.

Read the Task Force's letter

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Recent Publications

Proceedings of a Workshop
Improving Health Research on Small Populations

Small Population HealthThis publication from the Committee on National Statistics summarizes a workshop in January 2018 that considered ways of addressing the challenges of conducting epidemiological studies or intervention research with small population groups, including alternative study designs, innovative methodologies for data collection, and innovative statistical techniques for analysis.

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Reengineering the Census Bureau's Annual Economic Surveys

Census ReportThis report from the Committee on National Statistics reviews the Census Bureau’s annual economic surveys. Specifically, it examines the design, operations, and products of 11 surveys and makes recommendations to enable them to better answer questions about the evolving economy.

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Modernizing Crime Statistics: Report 2
New Systems for Measuring Crime

Crime Stats Report 2This report from the Committee on National Statistics presents a conceptual blueprint for modernizing crime statistics and examines methodological and implementation issues. Report 1 released in 2016 provides a comprehensive reassessment of what is meant by crime in the U.S. crime statistics and recommends a new classification of crime to organize measurement efforts.

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