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Improving Administrative Data Quality for Research and Analysis

Many organizations collect data to help manage and monitor the performance of their programs. This administrative data can also be used to improve program evaluation and management and produce original research. As a first step, organizations should ensure the data is of a high enough quality to support research and evaluation. The webinar will serve as a primer on how organizations can improve the quality of administrative data for research. The webinar will cover:

  1. The importance of administrative data quality,
  2. The major issues of data quality,
  3. Strategies for reviewing the quality of the data, and
  4. Strategies for cleaning the data.

The webinar will cover major issues of data quality, including: units of analysis, missing values, invalid values, incorrect formatting, and value inconsistencies both within and across variables. In addition, the webinar will provide specific and concrete strategies for reviewing and cleaning the data in preparation for research. The webinar will be particularly useful for organizations that are relatively new to using administrative data for research and evaluation.

Presenter:
China Layne, Ph.D., Manager, Data Analytics and Research at Summit Consulting

2017 Annual Conference

2017 APDU Annual Conference

Communicating Data

Innovate. Integrate. Communicate.

September 13-14, 2017
Residence Inn Arlington Pentagon City
550 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA 22202 

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2017 APDU Data Viz Awards

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APDU is pleased to announce the 2017 APDU Conference! Packed with more content than ever before, join us for a conference that promises to grapple with the key issues of the day: the federal budget’s impact on the Census and other key statistical agencies, the transformation of statistics as we monitor the on-going shift from relying on surveys to greater integration of administrative and private data, and the new and creative approaches that data producers are taking to Communicate Data.

Mark your calendar today for September 13-14, 2017 in Arlington, VA. The 2017 APDU Annual Conference is packed with sessions created by your colleagues and in response to your needs. APDU is the ONLY place that you can learn about how data science comes together in the public sector and how new data management techniques are being employed in a wide array of agencies to meet data customer needs.

Featured speakers include new Chief Statistician of the United States Nancy Potok and Sarah Cohen of the New York Times.

Plan to submit your best graphic, image, or infographic for the 2nd annual Data Viz Awards.

Get to know your colleagues working as data managers and data scientists in a variety of agencies, public and private, university and nonprofit. APDU is where the data siloes collide and learn from one another – the very point where you can learn about innovation and bring it back to your own organization.

Join us. Register today!

Conference Registration Fees* 
Non-Members Individual & Organizational Members Premium Organizational Members
Early Bird Registration
(On or before August 18)
$645 $475 $420
Full Price Registration
(After August 18)
$720 $525 $470

 

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Measuring 100 Million Healthier Lives (301 Series)

Carley Riley and Brita Roy of 100M Lives will present the evolving measurement framework for 100 Million Healthier Lives, which attempts to give communities tools for measuring mental, physical, social and spiritual wellbeing and its drivers at the community level. They will then discuss key data and measurement opportunities and challenges and engage the audience in a discussion about how best to resolve these challenges to create a wellbeing measurement system for the country, as the National Center for Health & Vital Statistics has recently recommended.

Presenters:
Carley Riley, Assistant Professor, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Brita Roy, Assistant Professor, Yale University School of Medicine

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)

Addressing Under-Reporting of Young Children in Federal Statistical Programs

Federal statistical agencies such as the Census Bureau must continuously improve survey methodologies to accurately reflect the U.S. population. For example, in recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the under-reporting of young children in several federal statistical system activities. There is clear evidence that young children (age 0-4) have a higher net undercount rate than any other age group in the 2010 Census. There is also evidence that young children are under-reported in three major Census Bureau surveys (the American Community Survey, the Current Population Survey and the Survey of Income and Program Participation) and in administrative records matched to the 2010 Census.

This webinar will first cover the data, or lack thereof, reflected in the statements above. Further, a representative from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget will discuss the implications of this data issue including activities underway to learn more about the issue and possible remedies for this problem. We expect to have ample time for questions and comments from the webinar participants.

Presenters:
Bill O’Hare, President, O’Hare Data and Demographic Services, LLC

Jennifer Park, Policy Analyst, Statistical and Science Policy Branch, Office of Management and Budget

A Closer Look at New Federal Survey Items on Certifications and Licenses

This APDU Public Data University Webinar will focus on federal surveys that now include new items on certifications and licenses. Over a 7-year period, the Interagency Working Group on Expanded Measures of Enrollment and Attainment (GEMEnA) developed and validated survey items on the prevalence and key characteristics of these non-degree credentials. Now a number of federal surveys of households and individuals have begun to collect data using the validated items, including the Current Population Survey and the National Survey of College Graduates. Taken together, these survey sources provide a comprehensive national picture of certifications and licenses.

Dr. Sharon Boivin, Chair of GEMEnA, will give an overview of the GEMEnA development process and then provide an in-depth look at item wording and analysis nuances for each survey. Dr. Jeff Strohl, Director of Research at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, will discuss the research questions that each survey is best poised to answer.

Presenters:
Sharon Boivin, Chair, Interagency Working Group on Expanded Measures of Enrollment and Attainment
Jeff Strohl, Director of Research, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

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