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First Meeting of the CNSTAT Panel on Improving USDA’s Consumer Data for Food and Nutrition Policy Research

April 16, 2018

The meeting agenda can be found here

The first 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 April 16, 2018 at the National Academy of Sciences Building at 2101 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC (the meeting will also be viewable by live webcast). 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.

The expert panel will critically assess the value of each of the various ERS investments in food and nutrition data, including proprietary data, various linked and integrated data sources, and the widely used Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS) to provide directions for the next 10 years of the CFDS Program. A wide range of data collection strategies, including use of supplements to existing federal surveys, exploitation of administrative and commercial data, and improving database linkages will be considered. A second public meeting will take place in mid-June. The two-year study will conclude with a consensus report to be published by the National Academies Press in 2019.

Of Interest

In Memoriam: Lawrence D. Brown, 1940-2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of former CNSTAT chair and member Lawrence D. Brown, who passed away February 21, 2018. We are grateful for his many years of service to the Academies and CNSTAT, which included serving as chair or member of the CNSTAT panels that produced The 2000 Census: Counting Under Adversity, Coverage Measurement in the 2010 Census, Envisioning the 2020 Census, and Measuring Research and Development Expenditures in the U.S. Economy. His most recent service was as CNSTAT’s 9th chair, ably leading the committee from July 2010 to June 2017. Read more about his work with the Academies and see his obituary in our February newsletter.  

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