"New Directions for Federal Statistics from the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking and the CNSTAT Innovations in Federal Statistics Reports"
October 20, 2017
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An Associated Press article discussing findings from the recently released World Happiness Report 2017--which combines economic, health, and other survey data to rank countries in terms of their populations' levels of happiness--reported that Norway topped the list while the U.S. fell one spot to #14 after being ranked #13 in the 2016 report. The article also discussed the state of research on the topic, referencing a 2013 CNSTAT study on self-reported measures of well-being. The report, Subjective Well-Being: Measuring Happiness, Suffering, and Other Dimensions of Experience, recommended that federal surveys include questions on various aspects of well-being that could provide supplemental information relevant to a wide range of policies affecting people’s quality of life. Read the article here.
CNSTAT has completed many studies and reports on topics related to health and social welfare, such as poverty, mental health, and availability of health care. Read more about these projects here.
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This is the second of two reports from the Panel on Improving Federal Statistics for Policy and Social Science Research Using Multiple Data Sources and State-of-the-Art Estimation Methods. It builds on the analysis, conclusions, and recommendations from the first report, which described federal statistical agencies’ current paradigm. The second report assesses alternative methods for implementing a new approach that would combine diverse data sources from government and private sector sources.
This report from the Committee on National Statistics assesses county-level crop and cash rents estimates produced by the National Agricultural Statistics Service and offers recommendations on methods for integrating data sources in order to provide more precise, transparent and reproducible county-level estimates of acreage and yield for major crops and of cash rents by land use.
This is the latest update to CNSTAT's flagship publication,
Principles and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency ("P&P"), which was first issued in 1992. Its purpose is to educate the executive and legislative branches of government on the important public good provided by strong federal statistical agencies. The sixth edition presents and comments on the document's core principles as they’ve been impacted by changes in laws, regulations, and other aspects of the environment of federal statistical agencies over the past four years.
This report from the Committee on National Statistics evaluates the new design of the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) which is a national, longitudinal household survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. SIPP serves as a tool to evaluate the effectiveness of government-sponsored social programs and to analyze the impacts of actual or proposed modifications to those programs. In 2014, the Census Bureau reengineered SIPP and this report provides an independent evaluation of the new design compared to the old design and provides analyses on income and program participation, recall bias, measuring intrayear dynamics, and nonresponse.