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Citizenship Question and the 2020 Census

2020censusControversy surrounding the 2020 Census continues to dominate the news.  The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) weighed in on this important matter in August 2018 stating that adding a question on citizenship status to the 2020 census is inconsistent with the "proper performance of the functions" of the Census Bureau.

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Committee on Developing a Behavioral and Social Science Research Agenda on AD/ADRD

October 17, 2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Alzheimers smallLKeck Center of the National Academies
Room 208
500 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC

The Decadal Survey of Behavioral and Social Science Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementias will hold its second public workshop on October 17, 2019. The workshop will include discussions of commissioned papers. Following the commissioned paper discussions, there will be a panel discussion on measuring the effects of caregiving, then an hour-long public comment period in which individuals may make a brief (no longer than three minutes) comment related to the study.
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Data Linkage Day

October 18, 2019
1:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The National Academy of Sciences Building
Auditorium and Great Hall
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

data-linkage-2019Data Linkage Day is an opportunity for federal employees to share their innovations, applications, and results from linking administrative, survey, and other alternative data sources. The goal of the event is to promote the technical innovations and outcomes related to linking data for statistical purposes, share those innovations with peers, and inspire new ways to produce analytical results to answer the call of evidence-based policymaking.

Data Linkage Day will also include presentation of the 2019 Links Lecture Award, sponsored by the American Statistical Association.

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Social Science Modeling for Big Data in the World of Machine Learning for the National Institute on Aging

October 24-25, 2019
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
National Academy of Sciences Building
Room 125
2101 Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, DC

social-science-modelingThe workshop will discuss how social science research on aging could best leverage big data and machine-learning techniques to enhance social research in aging. Discussions at the workshop will include topics such as methodological issues with big data, statistical and operational challenges with use of big data and machine learning, the use of big data and machine learning to make casual inferences, techniques for addressing privacy concerns in using big data, and combining different sources of data to improve understanding of social processes and outcomes for the elderly.

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Authentic STEM Learning for Computing/Technology

November 4, 2019
National Academies' Keck Center, Room 100
500 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Authentic Stem Workshop ImageThe workshop will illustrate the various ways in which stakeholders define and conceptualize authentic STEM learning opportunities for young people in grades K-12 in formal and informal settings, and what that means for the goals, design, and implementation of such experiences. Presenters will unpack the state of the evidence on the role of authentic STEM learning opportunities and promising approaches and strategies in the development of interest and competencies for technology and computing fields. A recurring theme throughout the workshop will be implications for increasing diversity and access to authentic STEM learning experiences among under served young people.

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BOSE Of Interest

Strengthening the Military Families Readiness System for a Changing American Society

What are some of the challenges facing military families today? This video introduces the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s report, “Strengthening the Military Family Readiness System for a Changing American Society” (2019) that identifies what we know about effective strategies for supporting and protecting the functioning and well-being of these families.

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Recent Publications

Evaluation of the Minerva Research Initiative

Minerva CoverLReleased in October 2019, this report discusses the program's successes and challenges over its first decade of operation, and highlights ways to strengthen the program’s foundations and take advantage of opportunities for broadening its reach and usefulness.

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Shaping Summertime Experiences: Opportunities to Promote Healthy Development and Well-Being for Children and Youth

Summertime coverThis report lays out nine recommendations to address obstacles that disadvantaged children can face during the summer, including lack of access to quality programs, food insecurity, and exposure to unsafe and dangerous conditions, and to help all children develop positively and stay connected to resources.

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Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development in Children and Youth: A National Agenda

MEBLThis new consensus study report calls for a comprehensive national agenda to improve mental, emotional, and behavioral health in children and youth, recommending federal leadership and coordination between public and private partners.

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Interim Report
Facilities Staffing Requirements for the Veterans Health Administration—Resource Planning and Methodology for the Future

VHA interim reportThis publication from the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment and the Board on Human-Systems Integration focuses on the types, availability, usage, and limitations of models in the staffing process of the Facilities Management Program of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). This interim report emphasizes the importance of clean data in building a model for the VHA Facility engineering workforce.

The overarching goal of the study committee is to assess the overall resource needs, as well developing budget and staffing methodologies for the VHA medical centers. The committee has held several workshops and produced proceedings and four proceedings-in-brief of those workshops. The committee’s final report is expected to be released December 2019.  Read the report

Military Family Readiness System for a Changing American Society

MIlitary FamiliesThis new Consensus Study Report from the Board on Children, Youth, and Families finds that the U.S. Department of Defense and military branches have many programs and policies to support the well-being of military families, but they need to employ a more coordinated and comprehensive approach to match the needs of individual families to available programs.

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Proceedings of a Workshop-in-Brief
Applying Lessons of Optimal Health to Improve Behavioral Outcomes for Youth: Public Information-Gathering Session

Optimal Health WiBThis publication from the Board on Children, Youth, and Families summarizes a workshop held in April 2019 as part of an information-gathering effort by the Committee on Applying Lessons of Optimal Adolescent Health to Improve Behavioral Outcomes for Youth. The study is working to identify key components of youth-serving programs that proved successful in improving health outcomes related to adolescent behavior.

The workshop consisted of five panels: health education decision making in public education systems; effective measurement and evaluation of adolescent behaviors and behavioral interventions; effective elements of programs focused on adolescent behavior; evaluations of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program and sexual education programs; and a discussion with youth. The final report from the committee is expected in late 2019.

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