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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on National Statistics
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
 Consensus Study 
Transparency and Reproducibility of Federal Statistics for the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics
Project Description 

An ad hoc panel will study issues of documentation and archiving of statistical data products for the National Science Foundation's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES). The desired objective is to enable NCSES to enhance the transparency and reproducibility of the agency's statistics and facilitate improvement of the statistical program workflow processes of the agency and its contractors. The panel will consider such issues as:

(1) What documentation and archiving guidance, standards, and tools currently exist to assist NCSES to facilitate transparency and reproducibility? Which ones are most useful and feasible to implement? For censuses and sample surveys? For administrative records? For statistics that may be based on combinations of these and other data sources?
(2) In what ways can the costs of transparency for NCSES and its data users be minimized and the benefits maximized?
(3) How can NCSES obtain value from saving and using the history of statistical program workflow processes to facilitate validation and to guide improvement over time in various processes, such as editing and imputation?
(4) What are best practices to foster transparency internal to NCSES through more comprehensive documentation and archiving of methods and data?
(5) What are best practices to foster transparency external to NCSES while maintaining an appropriate degree of disclosure control for confidential microdata?
(6) What requirements for documentation and archiving standards and tools should NCSES include in contracts with data collectors, such as the U.S. Census Bureau and private survey firms?
(7) What are feasible implementation steps toward better documentation and archiving for NCSES in the next 2-3 years? What should be the goals for a longer term R&D effort in this area?
(8) How can NCSES work with other federal statistical agencies to facilitate adoption of documentation and archiving standards and tools in common?

Meetings of the Committee

Meeting 1 | May 21-22, 2019
Keck Center, Room 100 and 105
500 5th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Meeting 1 Materials


Charge from NCSES and the Federal Context

Emilda B. Rivers, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics- Overall Charge
May H. Aydin, NCSES- NCSES Data Management, Dissemination and User Perspective
Francisco Moris, NCSES- Open/Transparent Data Goals and Machine-Readable Data and Metadata
Mark Prell, Economic Research Service- Transparent Reporting for Integrated Data Quality: Assessing the User’s Perspective

Challenges During the Statistical Survey Cycle: Data Documentation, Archiving and Dissemination


May H. Aydin, NCSES- Role of Contractors in NCSES Data Prodcution, Archiving and Documentation
Philip Ashlock, General Services AdministrationOpen Data & Metadata Schema Overview

Marilyn Seastrom, National Center for Education StatisticsDocumentation and Archiving Metadata Practices and Needs


Approaches to Data Documentation, Archiving, and Dissemination within the Federal Statistical System


Daniel W. Gillman, U.S. Bureau of Labor StatisticsStatistical Metadata and Statistical Registries

John L. Czajka and Mathew Stange, Mathematica Policy ResearchTransparency, Quality, Documentation, and Dissemination: International Standards

Meeting 2 | September 9-10, 2019
Keck Center, Room 100 and 101
500 5th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001



Staff Information

Michael Cohen, Senior Program Officer 
Michael Siri, Associate Program Officer
Jillian Kaufman, Senior Program Assistant 

National Science Foundation
National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics 


Committee Members
Daniel Kasprzyk, Chair
Philip Ashlock
David Barraclough
Christopher Chapman
Daniel W. Gillman
Linda A. Jacobsen
H. V. Jagadish
Frauke Kreuter
Margaret Levenstein
Peter V. Miller
Audris Mockus
Sarah M. Nusser
Eric Rancourt
William L. Scherlis
Lars Vilhuber

See committee bios


For more information, please contact:

Jillian Kaufman

Mailing Address
Keck Center W1116
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001




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