COPAFS
 

Agenda From the December 6, 2013 Quarterly Meeting:


9:00-9:15  Welcome and Report from the Board of Directors – Maurine Haver, COPAFS Chair

9:15-10:00  Public Trust in the U.S. Government – Michael Dimock, Director, Pew Research Center for the People and the Press

10:00-10:45  Trust in Federal Statistics and the Statistical Use of Administrative Records – Jennifer Hunter Childs, Research Psychologist, Center for Survey Measurement, Research and Methodology Directorate, U.S. Census Bureau

10:45-11:30  Audience discussion of mistrust’s implications, opened by a panel of three federal statistical agency officials (Jennifer Madans, NCHS, Tom Nardone, BLS and Marilyn Seastrom, NCES) with comments on how mistrust of federal statistics could affect them

11:30-12:30 Lunch 

12:30-1:30  A journalist’s perspective on trust in statistics and where the media fit in – Peyton Craighill, Polling Manager, The Washington Post 

1:30-2:15  Meet a COPAFS member: Robert Santos of the Urban Institute and President, American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR,) will talk about AAPOR and how its members use and value Federal statistics.

2:15-2:30  COPAFS Report from the Executive Director – Kitty Smith, Executive Director, COPAFS

2:30- 3:00 Feedback, Input, and Ideas from COPAFS Members

3:00 Adjourn


Summary of Meeting:  Here



Presentations/Notes from the December 6, 2013 Quarterly Meeting:

 
Michael Dimock, Director, Pew Research Center for the People and the Press
Public Trust in Government (pdf, 363 KB)

Jennifer Hunter Childs, Research Psychologist, Center for Survey Measurement, Research and Methodology Directorate, U.S. Census Bureau
Trust in Federal Statistics and the Statistical Use of Administrative Records (pdf, 1.73 M)

Tom Nardone, Associate Commissioner, Bureau of Labor Statistics
COPAFS Remarks 12-06-2013 (pdf, 145KB)

Peyton Craighill, Polling Manager, The Washington Post
A journalist’s perspective on trust in statistics and where they fit in media (pdf, 710 KB)


Robert Santos of the Urban Institute and President, American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR)
The Use & Value of Federal Statistics to AAPOR (pdf, 188 KB)
 
 


Speakers Biographies:

Michael Dimock is the director of the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. He is principally responsible for questionnaire design, project management, the analysis of polling data and the presentation of survey results. He also plays a central role in writing reports, and providing information to news organizations and others interested in polling and data analysis. He taught at North Carolina State University before joining the Pew Research Center in 2000. He received a doctorate in political science from the University of California-San Diego. He is an author of Trends in American Values: 1987-2012, Political Typology and the project’s presidential polling. He also has appeared as a survey analyst on numerous media outlets, including the NewsHour, NBC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC and the Fox Business Channel, and is a regular election night analyst on National Public Radio.

Jennifer Hunter Childs has 10 years of experience as a Research Psychologist at the U. S. Census Bureau managing and directing research, development and evaluation projects across different areas of the agency, as well as with other organizations. She has spent most of her time leading questionnaire development work and contributing to operational design considerations for the decennial census. She has led research to help ensure that tenuously attached people, such as those experiencing homelessness or living a transient lifestyle, have an opportunity to be counted in the census. In addition, she has also contributed to work on understanding and resolving issues of duplication. Most recently, Jenny has been engaged by statistical agency heads in a line of research on trust, privacy, confidentiality, and public opinion towards the statistical use of administrative records. As a part of this research, she has been exploring communications strategies and research using social media. Very active in AAPOR, she is currently working on the AAPOR Task Force on Mobile and Social Data Collection.

Peyton M. Craighill has been Polling Manager for the Washington Post since January 2011, managing news polling for the Post including monthly and weekly national surveys on politics, social and economic issues and a variety of newsworthy topics. Partnering with ABC News, the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Pew Research Center and others, he manages all aspects of the survey process for national, regional and state polls. In addition to news polls, Peyton manages internal projects for the Research and Analytics department, providing research services for various business departments to understand the Washington DC market and beyond. Prior to the Post, Peyton was a Senior Associate at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, running the Democracy Corps poll, managing polls for the Los Angeles Times/USC and National Public Radio. Before his work at GQRR, Peyton was the Assistant Director of polling for ABC News, working on a broad array of international and national polling. Peyton served on the Survey Committee for the National Election Pool, helping to design exit polling for every primary and general election in the 2008 cycle.

Rob Santos is the Senior Institute Methodologist of the Urban Institute (UI) in Washington DC, where he collaborates on a variety of policy research studies, contributing statistical and methodological enhancements and overseeing design implementation. He has served our research industry for 35 years as a senior executive, sampling statistician, methodologist, project director, and consultant. Trained in sampling at ISR Michigan, he holds a Master’s degree in Statistics from the University of Michigan. Rob’s career has served the academic, nonprofit, commercial and government research arenas. Besides UI (a nonprofit), he held positions in three academic research centers: NORC (as Vice President of Statistics and Methodology; Director of Survey Operations, 1996-99); the University of Michigan Survey Research Center (as the first Director of Survey Operations, 1989-96); and ISR Temple University (Sr. Sampling Statistician & Study Director, 1982-89). He also was an entrepreneur in the commercial sector as co-owner and Executive Vice President of NuStats (2001-06). Throughout, he has provided consulting to academic, commercial, government and nonprofit organizations.