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Recent 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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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

Measuring the 21st Century Science and Engineering Workforce Population: Evolving Needs

NCSESThis report from the Committee on National Statistics assesses and provides guidance on the National Science Foundations’ National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics approach to measuring the science and engineering workforce population in the United States and provides a framework for measuring the workforce in the next decade and beyond.

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Federal Statistics, Multiple Data Sources, and Privacy Protection: Next Steps

MDS Report CoverThis 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. 

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Improving Crop Estimates by Integrating Multiple Data Sources

Crop EstimatesThis 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. 

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