131st CNSTAT Public Seminar:
October 21, 2016
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Who's happy, who's not: Norway tops list, US falls
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.
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|Advancing Concepts and Models for Measuring Innovation: |
These proceedings summarize a CNSTAT workshop held in May 2016 that brought together academic researchers, private and public sector experts, and representatives from public policy agencies to develop strategies for modernizing innovation information systems, with the goal of assisting NSF in updating its innovation metrics to maximize the relevance and utility of its data collection programs.
|Innovations in Federal Statistics: |
This report discusses the challenges faced by the federal statistical system and how to foster a paradigm shift through the use of multiple data sources while maintaining privacy and security of the information used. The report provides recommendations with the goal of improving official statistics and datasets for policy and social science research.
This is the first report of a two-part series; the second report is still in progress.
|Improving Collection of Indicators of Criminal Justice System Involvement in Population Health Data Programs: |
These proceedings summarize a workshop held in March 2016 that was organized as part of an effort to assist the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation and Office of the Minority Health (OMH) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in identifying measures of criminal justice involvement that can provide a better understanding of socioeconomic determinants of health.
|The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration|This report from the Committee on National Statistics provides a comprehensive assessment of U.S. immigration trends over the past 20 years, immigration's impact on the labor market and wages of native-born workers, and its fiscal impact at the national, state, and local levels.
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