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Introduction to Data Sets: Social Security Administration

ORES: Roles of the Social Security Administration’s Office of Research, Evaluation and Statistics

This introductory-level webinar serves as a baseline learning experience and systematic overview of data sets, including an overview of:

• Published statistics available on the ORES website
• Research conducted or sponsored by ORES
• Research and Statistical Data Linkage
• Requesting SSA Vital Status or Program Data

Presenters:
Angela Harper, Social Science Research Analyst in the Office of Statistical Analysis and Support within the Office of Research, Evaluation and Statistics
Paul Davies, Director of the Office of Policy Evaluation and Modeling within the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics
Marc Sinofsky, Senior Advisor to the Office of the Associate Commissioner within the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics.

Breaking News: New Amendment Endangers 2020 Census

APDU has just learned that Senator David Vitter (R-LA) has filed an amendment to the FY2015 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill (H.R. 4660), being considered now in the U.S. Senate, that would prohibit the Census Bureau from spending funds on the 2020 Census unless it includes questions regarding U.S. citizenship and immigration status.

For more detailed information, go to the Census Project Blog here: http://www.thecensusproject.org/factsheets/fy15/FY15-VitterAmendment-talking_points.pdf

Understanding Online Jobs Ads Data (301 Series)

Part of APDU’s Public Data University “301 – Special Topics” series.

As the use of online job ads has proliferated beyond the simple job-search model, the research community is increasingly experimenting with the detailed breakdown of online job ads. Despite increased usage, there has been limited research assessing the usefulness of this data source to study labor market dynamics.

Gtown WorkforceResearchers from the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University will present findings from a new report that sheds light on the emergence of online job ads data. While useful in measuring labor demand and honing in on previously inaccessible variables, online job ads data come with limitations.

Part of Public Data University’s “301 – Special Topics” series, this webinar will discuss and analyze properties of these data sets, particularly as they relate to traditional, survey-based sources.

Speakers:

  • Jeff Strohl, Director of Research, Center on Education and the Workforce, Georgetown University
  • Tamara Jayasundera, Research Professor and Senior Economist, Center on Education and the Workforce, Georgetown University

Course:
Understanding Online Jobs Ads Data (301 Series)

Cost:
Free, APDU & C2ER members and LMI Institute member states
Free, nonmembers

Introduction to Data Sets: Bureau of Justice Statistics Demographic Statistics

Part of APDU’s Public Data University series, this webinar serves as a baseline learning experience and systematic overview of demographic statistics at the Introduction to Data Sets: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) Demographic Statistics. This presentation will explore the following questions:

  • What data are collected? Who are the primary users? BJS
  • What research questions are most frequently answered with the agency’s data set?
  • How are the data collected? What are their strengths and weaknesses?
  • How frequently are the data updated? At what level geography are they collected?
  • What is the delay between the reference period and publication?
  • How are the data disseminated? How is the agency’s web delivery system structured?
  • Who can the user contact if they want to know more about the data program?

Speaker:
TBA

Course:
Introduction to Data Sets: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) Demographic Statistics 101 (Intro to Data Sets)

Cost:
Free, APDU & C2ER members and LMI Institute member states
$50, nonmembers

APDU Signs on to Letter Concerning Missouri Legislation

The Association of Public Data Users (APDU) joined the Marketing Research Association (MRA) and the American Statistical Association (ASA) to express concern proposed legislation in the Missouri House of Representatives. A proposed bill by Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-158), H.B. 1485, could increase the cost of Missouri state government agencies’ research efforts and jeopardize the representativeness and reliability of that research. Continue reading

NEW DATE: 2013 APDU Business Meeting

APDU’s 2013 Annual Business meeting, will take place by webinar, on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at 2 pm EST. The meeting should run for approximately 30 minutes and will allow for audience Q & A following presentations and reports. NOTE: This is a new day and time, rescheduled from the Dec 12 date.

This meeting is open to all APDU members.

Agenda coming soon