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Upcoming Events

134th CNSTAT Meeting Public Seminar

"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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Recent Events

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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The 2014 Redesign of the Survey of Income and Program Participation: An Assessment

2014 Survey Redesign 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.

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Developing a Methodological Research Program for Longitudinal Studies:
Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief

Longitudinal Workshop WiBThe Committee on National Statistics held a public workshop in June 2017 to inform the development of a methodological research program for longitudinal studies. The Proceedings for a Workshop in Brief: Developing a Methodological Research Program for Longitudinal Studies summarizes the workshop, which was focused on challenges that are specific to longitudinal studies and aimed to identify areas of methodological research that could be pursued in order to benefit from emerging methods, new techniques, or other opportunities to enhance longitudinal data and increase data collection efficiency. The workshop was supported by the National Institute on Aging.

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