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Upcoming Events

Workshop on 2020 Census Data Products: Data Needs and Privacy Considerations
December 11-12, 2019
The NAS Auditorium
2101 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20418
Recent Events
Workshop on Social Science Modeling for Big Data in a Machine Learning World for the National Institute on Aging
October 24-25, 2019
National Academy of Sciences, Room 125
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

CNSTAT Public Seminar:

October 18, 2019
National Academy of Sciences
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

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

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

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
Using Models to Estimate Hog Production

UsingModelsEstimateHogProductionReportCoverIn May 2019 the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) asked the Committee on National Statistics to host a workshop to discuss the NASS models for hog production. The proceedings of this workshop are available online.

Estimating the Prevalence of Human Trafficking in the United States: Considerations and Complexities

Human Trafficking WiBThis publication from the Committee on National Statistics and the Committee on Population summarizes a workshop held in April 2019 that explored innovative sampling methods, technological approaches, and analytical strategies for estimating the prevalence of sex and labor trafficking in vulnerable populations. The workshop brought together statisticians, survey methodologists, researchers, public health practitioners, and other experts who work closely with human trafficking data or with the survivors of trafficking.

More information 

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.

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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