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Upcoming Events
Foreign Language Assessment for the U.S. Foreign Service Institute
Committee Meeting 3 | July 17-18, 2019 
Keck Center, Washington, DC

Transparency and Reproducibility of Federal Statistics for the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics
Meeting 2 | September 9-10, 2019
Recent Events
Principles and Practices for Federal Evaluation
Seminar | June 18 | 1:00 PM
Keck Center, Washington, DC

Contingent Work and Alternate Work Arrangements
Committee Meeting 2 | June 10-11
Keck Center, Washington, DC

Challenges and New Approaches for Protecting Privacy in Federal Statistical Programs

Workshop | June 6-7, 2019
NAS Building, Washington, DC

Transparency and Reproducibility of Federal Statistics for the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics

Meeting 1 | May 21-22, 2019

CNSTAT Public Seminar
National Statistics for Public Policy: 
Linkages Among Federal, State and Local Data
May 10, 2019
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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).


Recent Publications
A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty

RoadmapReducePoverty_CoverThis report released by the Board on Youth Children and Families and the Committee on National Statistics concludes that poverty causes negative outcomes for children, especially if it occurs in early childhood or persists through a large part of childhood. The report identifies two packages of policies and programs that could reduce child poverty in the United States by half within 10 years, at a cost far lower than the estimated costs it bears from child poverty.

Learn more about the study.
Download the report here

Methods to Foster Transparency and Reproducibility of Federal Statistics

MethodsFosterTransparencyWorkshop_CoverAt the request of the National Science Foundation a workshop on Transparency and Reproducibility in Federal Statistics was held in 2018. The goal of the workshop was to develop some understanding of what principles and practices are, or would be, supportive of making federal statistics more understandable and reviewable, both by agency staff and the public. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.

Download the report here.

Improving Data Collection and Measurement of Complex Farms

ImprovingComplexFarmStructures_CoverThis report from the Committee on National Statistics provides recommendations to help the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and Economic Research Service (ERS) identify new approaches for effectively collecting data and reporting information about American agriculture, given the increased complexity of farm businesses in the recent decades.

Download the report here.

Of Interest
CNSTAT Task Force on the 2020 Census Releases Letter Report

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In response to the U.S. Department of Commerce's (DOC) recent request for public comments on the 2020 Census, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Committee on National Statistics' Task Force on the 2020 Census issued a letter report on August 7 and submitted it as a public comment to DOC.

The Task Force concluded that DOC's recent decision to add a question on citizenship status to the 2020 census is inconsistent with the "proper performance of the functions" of the Census Bureau. The Task Force noted that the American Community Survey already meets the stated need for citizenship data and that adding the question without proper testing would impair the quality of the 2020 Census as a whole. Furthermore, adding the citizenship question and using the method described in the Secretary of Commerce's memo and the Census Bureau's review would create a new register of citizens. Such a register has unclear statistical purposes, and it could not under current law be used for nonstatistical purposes, such as law enforcement against individuals, and still comport with the Bureau's mission as a federal statistical agency.

While citizenship is an important public policy topic and worthy of high-quality data collection, adding this question to the 2020 Census risks undermining the credibility of the Census Bureau and the decennial census, the trust of its respondents, and then independence of the Census Bureau's professional staff to develop, produce, and disseminate objective information while protecting confidentiality of respondents.

Read the Task Force's letter
More information on the Task Force.



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