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Improving Census Bureau Data Dissemination

The Census Bureau is moving toward a seamless data user experience. Drawing on feedback from a wide variety of data users, this new approach to data dissemination will emphasize the consumer experience and will attempt to create a single platform for accessing all Census Bureau data.

An early technical preview of the tool was released in September 2016, and the second technical preview is expected on January 31, 2017 at data.census.gov.

Key features for Release 2 include:

Unified Search: Including a single search bar that provides automatic, scrolling search suggestions and allows a user to search across multiple filters in a single search.
-Table ID Search. Allows users to search by entering the table ID into the search box.
-Integrated Search Results. Returns a consolidated list of results with multiple content types (e.g. webpages and tables).

User Interface Enhancements
-Selection Map Enhancements. Improves the integration and access to the selection map from the results page and highlights the geography filters being added to improve usability and incorporate feedback from user testing.
-Table View. Provides a persistent table preview that lets users find data faster and allows users to sort the table results by relevancy, table name, and table ID improving the experience.
-Filters. Redesigns the filter selection to improve usability and incorporate feedback from initial user testing.

This webinar demonstration will provide users with a walk-through of platform capabilities from our latest release, and will provide an overview of plans for upcoming features as releases continue throughout 2017.

Presenters:
Ally Burleson-Gibson, Communications, Center for Dissemination Services and Consumer Innovation (CEDSCI), U.S. Census Bureau

Robert Chestnut, Chief, Communications, Center for Enterprise Dissemination Services and Consumer Innovation (CEDSCI), U.S. Census Bureau

Promoting Evidence-Based Policymaking by Sharing State Administrative Data

In the 21st century data-driven economy, reliance on data and data analytics to improve outcomes has become the driving force behind most decision making across all sectors, including government, business, education, and research. Because government leaders are demanding greater transparency and accountability of their resources in light of tightening federal, state, and local budgets, access to reliable, accurate data is more important than ever.

To encourage data sharing among agencies and researchers within states, the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) launched a two-year State Data Sharing Initiative (SDS Initiative). The SDS Initiative research aims to situate administrative data, and the intra-state sharing of such data, as invaluable resources for enhancing evidence-based policymaking efforts, enabling rigorous policy analysis, and improving program outcomes. This webinar was designed to help launch CREC’s website www.statedatasharing.org and introduce the accompanying research paper: “Strengthening evidence-based policymaking by increasing support for data sharing, Promoting Evidence-Based Policymaking in the States by Sharing Administrative Data.”

Presenter:
Marty Romitti, Senior Fellow, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness

Testing Messages to Support the Decennial Census and American Community Survey

The Census Project, the Association of Public Data Users and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights are co-sponsoring a webinar to unveil the results of a new national opinion survey on the use of effective messages in support of the 2020 Census and the companion American Community Survey. The polling results are especially relevant in light of the challenging political environment.

Registrants for this webinar will receive advance materials and polling results, including a general population survey as well as samples of African Americans, Asian/Pacific Islanders and Latinos.

Presenters:

  • Phil Sparks, Co-Director, Census Project
  • Corrine Yu, Senior Counsel and Managing Policy Director, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Celinda Lake, President, Lake Research Partners

*Date Changed* Introducing J2J Explorer! An Innovative Data Tool on Statistics on Worker Reallocation in the United States

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Association of Public Data Users (APDU) and the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), welcomes Mr. Matthew Graham, Mr. Heath Hayward, and Ms. Joyce Hahn as they present, “Introducing J2J Explorer! An Innovative Data Tool on Statistics on Worker Reallocation in the United States.” The Job-to-Job Flows Explorer (Beta) is a web-based analysis tool that enables comprehensive access to an innovative new set of statistics. The application’s interactive visualizations allow for the construction of tables and charts to compare and analyze the flows by worker and firm characteristics. Potential analyses include job flows across industries and state boundaries.

This webinar was originally scheduled for December 7. We will email a recording of the webinar to registrants who are not able to attend on December 19.

Presenters:

Matthew Graham, Chief of Product Coordination and Quality Assurance, LEHD (Census Bureau)

Heath Hayward, Geographer, LEHD (Census Bureau)

Joyce Hahn, Statistician, LEHD (Census Bureau)

The Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking: The Commission and How You Can Get Involved

The Evidence-Based Policy Commission is the result of a bipartisan initiative authored by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). The commission brings together leading researchers and social scientists to conduct an inventory of the data the government collects and to determine the best methods for policymakers to make use of that information.

In this presentation, Deputy Executive Director Lucas Hitt will cover the who, what, and why of the Commission, providing an overview of how it will conduct its work and related timelines. He will also cover how the audience can provide input to the Commission.

Presenter:
Lucas Hitt, Deputy Executive Director, Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, Bureau of Economic Analysis

Data Viz Made Simple

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Picture this: You just finished a data-intensive report and it has no tables or narrative. That has about as much chance of moving forward as a driverless car, right? Well, it’s a new day, and people want compelling stories delivered in interesting ways. Long reports are being replaced with infographics that use images, pictures, charts, and graphs to share information quickly and efficiently.

In two days, you can learn key concepts about data visualization, and take home a few easy tips using readily available software—Excel and Tableau. Join us and become a data viz expert!

This Training is offered in conjunction with the 2016 APDU Annual Conference.

Evidence-Based Strategies for Creating an Open Data Impact

Despite global commitments to and increasing enthusiasm for open data, little is actually known about its use and impact. What kinds of social and economic transformation has open data brought about and what is its future potential? How—and under what circumstances—has it been most effective? How have open data practitioners mitigated risks and maximized social good? Even as proponents extol the virtues of open data, the field suffers from a lack of detailed evidence of the impact of open data, and, even more importantly, what contributed to that impact.

In this webinar, Stefaan Verhulst and Andrew Young of New York University’s Governance Lab (www.thegovlab.org) will share lessons learned from a recent study undertaken in collaboration with Omidyar Network, aimed at addressing this lack of evidence. This in-depth analysis of 19 open data initiatives from across the globe uncovered new evidence of when, and how, open data works in practice. With a particular focus on the conditions that enable success and the key challenges to be mitigated in order to unlock positive social, economic, cultural and political open data impacts, Verhulst and Young will provide the type of operational, evidence-based guidance the field has largely lacked to date.

Presenters:
Stefaan Verhulst, Chief Research and Development Officer, The GovLab
Andrew Young, Associate Director of Research, the GovLab

Overview of the Current Population Survey

Where does the national unemployment rate come from? This presentation will answer that question and others, and will provide information on how this household survey is designed, fielded, and collected, and on the many demographic data series available from the survey on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

Presenter:
Megan Dunn, Economist, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Overview of the Current Employment Statistics Survey

Where does total nonfarm employment come from? This presentation will answer that question and will provide information on how this very large establishment survey is designed, fielded, and collected, and on the industry and geographic data series available from the survey on the BLS website.

Presenter:
Angie Clinton, Supervisory Economist, Bureau of Labor Statistics

2016 Annual Conference

At this year’s APDU annual conference, you have a unique opportunity to directly influence how federal statistics are gathered, produced, and shared. Learn from experts. Engage with leaders. Collaborate with peers to make a difference. Join us on September 13-14 in Alexandria, VA.