Special Topics and Emerging Issues in Public Data: 2020 Census Mapping Tools

With the 2020 Census fact approaching, both the Census Bureau and outside stakeholders are working to ensure that the Census is fair and accurate. In turn, both groups are developing mapping tools to identify areas that are difficult to count.

The low response score (LRS) is a metric developed by the US Census Bureau to classify geographic areas according to their propensity to self-respond to surveys and Censuses. Nancy Bates of the Census Bureau will showcase a new publicly-available tool that greatly simplifies the use of the LRS using a web-based mapping platform. The platform known as the Response Outreach Area Mapper, or ROAM, allows users to select a geography of interest to display tract-based maps colored-coded according to LRS. In addition to quickly identifying hard-to-survey areas, the ROAM also informs users why a particular area may be hard-to-count.

The Center for Urban Research at the CUNY Graduate Center, working with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and other census supporters, developed the “Census 2020 Hard to Count Map” at www.CensusHardtoCountMaps2020.us to provide community groups, the media, Census Full Count Committees, and others with an online tool to highlight the hardest to count tracts in the country. This presentation by Steven Romalewski will introduce this intuitive, easy-to-use tool and potential upcoming additions.

Presenters:
Nancy Bates, Senior Researcher for Survey Methodology, Research and Methodology Directorate, U.S. Census Bureau
Steven Romalewski, Director, Mapping Service at the Graduate Center / CUNY

APDU Conference: Call for Proposals

The 2018 APDU Annual Conference (to be held on July 17-18, 2018 in Arlington, VA) invites APDU members and friends to submit proposals for presentations and panels related to our theme, “Shaping the Future:  The Promise of Public Data to Inform Public & Private Sector Decisions”. The Conference will bring together data users and data producers for conversations and presentations across a wide variety of data and statistical topics, including but not limited to:

  • Statistical policy
  • Data collection, production, and delivery
  • Emerging data issues
  • New data sources and tools
  • Relevant data dissemination technologies

We invite proposals on any topic relating to public data, whether based on a particular project, data practice, or formal paper.  In keeping with the theme of the conference, our interest is in how changes in public data, research techniques, and other advances will impact the way decisions are made in both the public and private sectors.  For the 2018 Conference, we are interested in presentations focused on:

Navigating the Public Data Landscape

  • Identifying the Data You Need
  • Preserving Data Privacy and Security
  • Responsibly Sharing and Disseminating Data

Realizing the Potential of Public Data

  • Linking Datasets
  • Selecting Sound Methods for Analysis
  • Developing Effective Data Visualizations
  • Leveraging Administrative Data

Deploying Data to Inform Decisions

  • Using Public Data in the Private Sector
  • Using Public Data in the State, Local, and Nonprofit Sector
  • Informing Evidence-Based Policymaking

Submissions may be for a single presentation or a full panel (three presenters, plus a moderator). APDU may accept portions of a panel proposal to combine with other presenters. Submissions will be evaluated on the quality of work, relevance to APDU Conference attendees, uniqueness of topic and presenter, and thematic fit.

Please submit the proposal document available at this link to Brendan Buff at bbuff@crec.net. Please submit proposals by Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Proposers will be notified of our decision by February 28, 2018.

IMPORTANT DATES

Deadline:
January 31, 2018
Notification Date:
February 28, 2018
Registration Opens:
March 1, 2018
APDU Annual Conference:
July 17-18, 2018

 

Create your own user feedback survey

Changes to the ACS

The Census Bureau has announced its intention to revise the American Community Survey for 2019. Click here to view the file, with relevant changes highlighted.

You can view the Federal Register notice summarizing the changes here. Please consider submitting a comment if you have any concerns.

Building the Case for Public Statistics

Building the Case for Public Statistics:

A Workshop for Public Data Users and Stakeholders

March 8, 2018
Academy Health, 1666 K St NW #1100, Washington, DC 20006

AGENDA

In uncertain times, we need evidence.  Federal statistics are a vital source.  Researchers, businesses, governments, and nonprofits rely on this data, and we need to do a better job of telling policymakers that investment in data is important.  APDU is pleased to announce a training that will give stakeholders in federal statistics the tools they need to educate policymakers on the value of their data.

How can you better understand:

  • the messages that resonate best with policymakers about the value of Federal data?
  • the most effective way to engage with policymakers to make the case for statistical data?
  • the needs of a broader community of federal data users and supporters?

Register:  Online or PDF

Pricing Early Bird Pricing
Through February 22, 2018)
After February 22, 2018
APDU, C2ER, LMI Institute Premium Organizational Members $ 195 $ 245
APDU, C2ER, LMI Institute Individual & Organizational Members $ 220 $ 270
Non-Members $ 275 $ 325

 

APDU Election Candidate Statements

The APDU election is underway and two candidates are up for election for Secretary and At-Large positions on the Board of Directors: Sarah Burgoyne of Claritas and Ron Nakao of Stanford University. See below their candidate statements:

Sarah Burgoyne
Director of Data Science
Claritas

As the Director of Data Science at Claritas, I lead our demographic and cartographic team in the use of data from the Decennial Census and the American Community Survey to produce small area population estimates. Prior to working at Claritas, I received my Master’s Degree in Sociology with a specialization in Applied Demography from Bowling Green State University. Currently, I am pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Sociology with a specialization in Family Demography, also at BGSU.

Being in the early stages of my career, I believe I bring a unique perspective to APDU, which allows me to work with other board members to form the next generation of public data users. As a member of the board, I will continue to represent the private sector as a champion for public data. Specifically related to the role of Secretary, I seek to continue serving APDU by providing minutes for meetings and helping chair sessions at the annual conference.

Ron Nakao
Economics, Data and Computational Social Science Librarian
Stanford Libraries

At Stanford, my duties include building the economics collection (data, books, journals, online resources), and consulting with faculty, research staff, and students on our collections and the use of statistical software. i serve as Stanford’s representative to ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research), the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, and the DDI (Data Documentation Initiative) Alliance. I am a long-time member of IASSIST (International Association for Social Science Information, Service, and Technology), and have previously served on the ICPSR Council and DDI Alliance Board.

APDU is a unique resource and advocate for federal statistical data. I was particularly impressed with the networking and cross-fertilization of ideas and work by attendees (including myself) at our last conference. I hope to bring my experience and connections in the academic/library world to the APDU Board and am particularly interested in helping to expand the connections and participation by the academic/library community with APDU.

APDU Annual Business Meeting

In a time of change in the federal statistical system and the federal government generally, APDU has been keeping you informed and prepared. Our Weekly Updates, annual conference, and webinars have kept us busy during 2017. Want to know what’s in store for 2018?

APDU is excited to announce our Annual Business Meeting on December 12, 2017, at 3 pm EST. The meeting will be convened by webinar and open to all APDU members.

The APDU Board of Directors will report on the state of the association, present this year’s accomplishments and goals for the coming year, and answer your questions. 

Agenda:

Call to Order & Welcome

Year in Review

  • Key Accomplishments
  • Annual Conference Report
  • Webinars
  • Advocacy Activities

APDU Administration

  • Bylaw Changes
  • Financial Report
  • Fall 2017 Election

Looking Ahead

  • Annual Conference
  • Upcoming Trainings and Webinars
  • Get Involved With APDU

Q&A

Intermediate Application of Data Sets: Data Linkage & Uses of Administrative Records at the U.S. Census Bureau

The Census Bureau makes extensive use of administrative data to produce statistics about the U.S. population and economy. The use of external data depends on our ability to link and integrate across sources including census and survey data. By integrating external data, we can reduce respondent burden and increase the scope and depth of statistics and analyses. Researchers in the Census Bureau’s Center for Administrative Records Research and Applications (CARRA) conduct innovative research to investigate how administrative records may improve decennial census and survey operations and to answer important social scientific questions. This webinar will provide an overview the Census Bureau’s data linkage infrastructure, examples of CARRA research using linked data, and how external researchers may request access to Census Bureau data.

Presenter:
Mark Leach, PhD., Chief, Demographic and Decennial Research Group, Center for Administrative Records Research and Applications, U.S. Census Bureau

Telling Your Story Through Data Visualization

Register:  Online or PDF

Download Preliminary Agenda

Translating and analyzing big data using charts, graphics, and images is becoming more and more necessary for decision-making. The art of making compelling visuals is something that all professionals should learn. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce some basic concepts to help guide the selection of the right visualization to represent your data and to make those graphics impactful. You will also learn the mechanics of making the best graphics using two powerful and widely available software tools: Excel and Tableau. Receive hands-on help in learning how to use basic charts and graphs more effectively and learn powerful ways to present data that will forever change how you will present data to your audience.

Training pre-requisites
Skills: Familiarity with creating workbooks, worksheets, basic menus & toolbars
Tools: Laptop, wired mouse, Microsoft Excel 2013, Tableau Desktop (personal or professional)

Pricing Early Bird Pricing
Through January 29, 2018)
After January 29, 2018
APDU, C2ER, LMI Institute Premium Organizational Members $ 630 $ 680
APDU, C2ER, LMI Institute Individual & Organizational Members $ 715 $ 765
Non-Members $ 895 $ 945

Trump Administration Indicates Support of 2020 Census

The Full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on October 12 provided some reasons for optimism regarding the Trump Administration’s support of the Census Bureau. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross testified before the committee and voiced support for appropriate funding of the 2020 Census. Further, the Administration plans to hire a comparable number of enumerators to the 2010 Census, which will be much more efficient due to the use of technology.  If you’d like to learn more about planning for the 2020 Census, consider attending the 2020 Census Quarterly Program Management Review on October 27 at 12:30 pm.

TAKEAWAYS:
  • The Census Bureau must focus on modernizing data collection and delivering necessary IT infrastructure in the most cost-effective manner.
  • The Census Bureau must ensure delivery of critical IT systems for 2018 end-to-end testing. Delays for delivery of critical IT systems pose significant risk for the security and the success of the census.
  • Secretary Ross provided a new life-cycle cost estimate of $15.6 billion dollars, an increase of $3.3 billion from the 2015 cost estimate.
  • Increasing costs are a concern. The Committee will monitor the Census Bureau’s management of the 2020 Census.

APDU Elections Committee Asks for Nominations

The Elections Committee is governed by the APDU By-Laws, Article 5.  The Committee is preparing a slate of candidates for Secretary  and an At-Large Board Member. Incumbent Secretary Sarah Burgoyne has decided to seek a 2nd term. Erin Holve, currently an At-Large Board Member, is not seeking a 2nd term.  The Elections Committee welcomes your suggestions as we prepare a slate of candidates. The deadline for suggestions to the Election Committee is October 31. Please send your nominations to Warren Brown at warren.brown@cornell.edu.