2014 Policy Seminar

Official Statistics in a Changing Society – Making Choices and Balancing Tradeoffs

 

Held December 15 - 16, 2014
Washington Convention Center


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Keynote Speech
 
Statistics 2.0:  From Data Revolution to the Next Level of Official Statistics  (728 KB, pdf) 
Enrico Giovannini
Professor of Economic Statistics, University of Rome

 
Session 1:  Hard Choices: Techniques And Tradeoffs When Surveying Hard-To-Reach (H2R) Populations
                (Organizers: Nancy Bates, Census; Gordon Willis, NIH; Barry Graubard, NCI; Jennifer Madans, NCHS)
 
Chair:    John Thompson, Director, U.S. Bureau of the Census
 
Defining and Measuring Hard-to-Survey Populations  (329 KB, pdf) 
Roger Tourangeau, Vice President, WESTAT
Turning Ethnographic Insights of Homelessness Into Survey Research Strategies  (448 KB, pdf) 
Irene Glasser, Anthropology Department, Brown University
Conducting Research on Vulnerable and Stigmatized Populations  (127 KB, pdf) 
Sandra H. Berry, Senior Director Survey Research Group, RAND
 
Discussant:         Frank Vitrano, Chief, Office of Survey and Census Analytics, U.S. Census Bureau
 
 
Session 2:  Measuring and Communicating the Value of Federal Statistics
                (Organizers: Jeri Mulrow, NCSES; John Eltinge, BLS; Kitty Smith, COPAFS)
 
Chair:    Brian Moyer,  Director, Bureau of Economic Analysis
 
The Use of Federal Statistics in Policy-Laden Contexts
Bruce Spencer, Professor of Statistics, Northwestern University
The Value of Government Data in Fostering Innovation, Creating Jobs, and Driving Better Decisions
Mark Doms, Undersecretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs, Department of Commerce
Issues and Opportunities in Journalists’ Access to and Use of Federal Statistics  (will be taken to an external site with the link:  http://journalistsresource.org/skills/research/federal-data)
John Wihbey, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy
The Roles and Value of Federal Statistics in Federal Legislative Affairs
Susan Offutt, Chief Economist, Government Accountability Office
 
Discussant:         Constance Citro, Director, Committee on National Statistics, National Academy of Science/National Research Council

 
Session 3:  Collection of Nationally Representative Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data: Policy Needs and Implementation Challenges
                (Organizers: Jonaki Bose, SAMHSA; Nancy Bates, Census)
 
Chair:    Charles Rothwell, Director, National Center for Health Statistics
 
LGBT Data Priorities at the Department of Health and Human Services
Susan Queen, Director, Division of Data Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Health and Human Services
Implementing the Prison Rape Elimination Act: BJS’s Experience Collecting the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity of Prison and Jail Inmates  (381 KB, pdf) 
Allen Beck, Bureau of Justice Statistics
Asking About Sexual Orientation in the National Health Interview Survey: Lessons Learned and Initial Results
Jim Dahlhamer, National Center for Health Statistics 
 
Discussant:         Gary Gates, Williams Distinguished Scholar, University of California, Los Angeles

 
Session 4:  The Changing Role of the Statistical Agency: Serving  the Department and Associated Challenges
                (Organizers: William Sabol, BJS; Rolf Schmitt, BTS; Jeri Mulrow, NCSES; Shelly Martinez, OMB)
 
Chair:    Patricia Hu, Director, Bureau of Transportation Statistics
 
Panelists:
Jack Buckley, Senior Vice President for Research, The College Board
Katharine Abraham, Professor of Economics and Survey Methodology,  University of Maryland
James Lynch, Chair and Professor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland
Tom Mesenbourg, retired U.S. Bureau of the Census 

 
Session 5:  Improving Question Evaluation for Federal Surveys: Recommendations from an FCSM Subcommittee
                (Organizers: Jennifer Madans, NCHS; Brian Harris-Kojetin, OMB)
 
Chair:    Manuel de la Puente, Associate Commissioner for Research, Evaluation and Statistics, Social Security Administration
 
FCSM Subcommittee on Question Evaluation Methodology:  An Overview  (386 KB, pdf) 
Jennifer Edgar, Director, Behavioral Science Research Center, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Evaluating Survey Questions: An Inventory of Methods  (923 KB, pdf) 
Diane K. Willimack, Methodology Director for Measurement and Response Improvement in Economic Programs, U.S. Census Bureau
Standards and Guidelines for Cognitive Interviewing  (333 KB, pdf) 
Kristen Miller, National Center for Health Statistics
 
Discussant:    Jennifer Madans, Associate Director for Science, National Center for Health Statistics
Improving Question Evaluation for Federal Surveys: Recommendations from an FCSM Subcommittee  (314 KB, pdf) 
 
Session 6:  “Virtual Data Access” for Statistical and Research Purposes 
                (Organizer: Chris Chapman, BLS)
 
Chair:    Mary Bohman, Administrator, Economic Research Service
 
Panelists:
Andrew E. Shatto, Director, Office of Enterprise Management, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services 
CMS Program Data (1.2 MB, pdf) 
Mitch Morehart,  Economic Research Service, USDA
Expanding Access to the Agricultural Resource Management Survey: USDA’s Experience with Remote Data Analysis Using the NORC Data Enclave  (1.1 MB, pdf) 
Brooklyn Lupari, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
“Virtual Data Access” for Statistical and Research Purposes (342 KB, pdf) 
Jonaki Bose, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Peter S. Meyer, Director , Research Data Center, National Center for Health Statistics
“Virtual Data Access” for Statistical and Research Purposes  (434 KB, pdf) 
 
Discussant:         Barbara Downs, Lead Research Data Center Administrator, U.S. Bureau of the Census

 
Session 7:  Integrating Administrative Data: Routinizing Our Success and Exploring New Frontiers 
                (Organizers: Shelly Martinez, OMB; Grace Medley, SAMHSA; John Eltinge, BLS; Kitty Smith, COPAFS)
 
Chair:    Adam Sieminski, Administrator, Energy Information Administration
 
From Demonstrating the Potential of Administrative Data in Statistical Programs to Fully Realizing It: How Are We Doing?  (185 KB, pdf) 
Shelly Wilkie Martinez, Senior Statistician, Office of Management and  Budget
Connecting Administrative and Survey Data Across Education
Ross Santy, Associate Commissioner for Administrative Data, National Center for Education Statistics
From Ingest to Extract: Standardizing Data Preparation  (373 KB, pdf) 
Amy O’Hara, Chief, Center for Administrative Records Research and Applications, U.S. Census Bureau
Using BLS Administrative Data – Accomplishments and Prospects: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Rick Clayton, Chief, Division of Administrative Statistics and Labor Turnover, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Using Criminal History Records to Enhance Statistical Infrastructure at BJS   (368 KB, pdf) 
Gerard Ramker, Deputy Director, Bureau of Justice Statistics

 
Session 8:  A New Era in Transparency and Reproducibility of Research
                (Organizers: Gordon Willis, NIH; Nancy Bates, Census; Chris Chapman, NCES; John Eltinge, BLS)
 
Chair:    John Gawalt, Director, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, National Science Foundation
 
More Transparency? It’s Not Clear  (562 KB, pdf) 
Carol House, Senior Program Officer, Committee on National Statistics
The AAPOR Transparency Initiative   (337 KB, pdf) 
Timothy Triplett, Senior Survey Methodologist, The Urban Institute
Communicating Uncertainty in Official Economic Statistics  (128 KB, pdf) 
Charles Manski, Board of Trustees Professor of Economics, Northwestern University 
 
Discussant:         Nancy Lutz, Program Director, Division of Social and Economic Sciences, National Science Foundation

 
Session 9:  Implementing Adaptive Designs in Federal Surveys: Lessons Learned (So Far) 
(Organizers: Nat Schenker, NCHS; Brian Harris-Kojetin, OMB; Marilyn Seastrom, NCES)
 
Chair:    Peggy G. Carr, Acting Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics
 
Using Adaptive Design in the 2014 Census Test  (278 KB, pdf) 
Tom Mule, Special Assistant to the Chief, Decennial Statistical Studies Division, U.S. Census Bureau
NCES Experience Implementing Adaptive Designs  (417 KB, pdf) 
Chris Chapman, Associate Commissioner, Sample Surveys Division, National Center for Education Statistics
 
Discussants:
Peter Miller, Senior Researcher for Survey Measurement and Chief Scientist, Center for Adaptive Design, U.S. Census Bureau
Presentation: Adaptive Design – On the Learning Curve  (265 KB, pdf) 
Discussion Slides  (133 KB, pdf) 
Brian Harris-Kojetin, Senior Statistician, Office of Management and Budget

 
Session 10:  Different Approaches for Engaging Academic Experts in Statistical Agency Research
                (Organizers: Jeri Mulrow, NCSES; Jonaki Bose, SAMHSA; Stephen H. Cohen, retired NCSES; Brian Harris-Kojetin, OMB)
 
Chair:    Barry Johnson, Acting Director, Statistics of Income Division, Internal Revenue Service
 
Panelists:
Marilyn Seastrom, Chief Statistician and Director of the Statistical Standards and Data Confidentiality Staff, National Center for Education Statistics
Andy White, Senior Research Statistician, National Center for Education Statistics
NCES Academic Partners (189 KB, pdf) 
Tom Louis, Associate Director for Research & Methodology and Chief Scientist, U.S. Census Bureau
Forging Relationships with Academe   (333 KB, pdf) 
Barry Johnson, Acting Director, Statistics of Income Division, IRS
Mary Bohman, Administrator, Economic Research Service
Engaging Academic Experts in Statistical Agency Research   (1.1 MB, pdf) 
Jeri Mulrow, Deputy Director, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics
NCSES Engagements with Academic Experts in Statistical Agency Research   (242 KB, pdf) 

 
Session 11:  Understanding Respondent Burden
                (Organizers: Arthur Kennickell, FRB; Debbie Griffin, retired U.S. Census Bureau)
 
Chair:    William Sabol, Acting Director, Bureau of Justice Statistics
 
Measuring Respondent Burden and Its Impacts on Expenditure and Time-Use Estimates  (497 KB, pdf) 
Scott Fricker (presenting) and John Dixon, Bureau of Labor Statistics
The 2014 Content Review of the American Community Survey   (168 KB, pdf) 
Gary Chappell and David Raglin (presenting), U.S. Census Bureau
Examining the Interviewer-Respondent Interactions in the Survey of Consumer Finances   (319 KB, pdf) 
Jesse Bricker, Kevin Moore (presenting) and Richard Windle,  Federal Reserve Board
Defining and Measuring Respondent Burden in Establishment Surveys   (424 KB, pdf) 
Polly Phipps, Bureau of Labor Statistics
 
Discussant:         Tim Olson, Respondent Advocate, U.S. Bureau of the Census

 
Session 12:  Expanding Leadership and Substantive Skills of Statistical Agency Personnel
                (Organizers:  Arthur Kennickell, FRB; John Eltinge, BLS; Marilyn Seastrom, NCES)
 
Chair:    Barry Nussbaum, Chief Statistician, Environmental Protection Agency
 
Panelists:
Lisa LaVange, Office of Biostatistics, Office of Translational Sciences, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, US Food and Drug Administration
Expanding Leadership and Substantive Skills of Statistical Agency Personnel – Panel Discussion   (870 KB, pdf) 
Sally Morton, Health Policy Institute, University of Pittsburgh
Nancy Potok, Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Bureau of the Census
Leadership in a Statistical Agency  (285 KB, pdf) 
Roger Tourangeau, Vice President, WESTAT
Expanding Leadership and Substantive Skills within The Federal Statistical System   (351 KB, pdf) 

FINAL 2014 FCSM Policy Agenda (161KB, pdf) 


 

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