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Committee on National Statistics
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Recent Events

133rd CNSTAT Meeting Public Seminar: "CIPSEA at 15 Years: Benefits to Federal Statistics"

May 12, 2017

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Workshop on Developing a Methodological Research Program for Longitudinal Studies

June 5-6, 2017

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Workshop on Transparency and Reproducibility in Federal Statistics

June 21-22, 2017

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Of Interest

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.

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.

This site is intended to provide up-to-date information on the Committee's activities and findings. For those seeking specific statistical information or data, links to numerous statistical agencies have been provided for your convenience (Other Sites of Interest). We are, of course, happy to answer questions about any of our publications, projects, or public meetings. Please send any questions or comments to Eileen LeFurgy, CNSTAT Program Coordinator, at


Recent Publications

Principles and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency: Sixth Edition

P&P 6´╗┐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. 

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Advancing Concepts and Models for Measuring Innovation:

Proceedings of a Workshop

Advancing Innovation Report CoverThese 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.

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Innovations in Federal Statistics:
Combining Data Sources While Protecting Privacy

Innovations Data Sources CoverThis 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. 

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Improving Collection of Indicators of Criminal Justice System Involvement in Population Health Data Programs: 
Proceedings of a Workshop

CJ MH Workshop Proceedings CoverThese 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. 

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