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Roles of SSA’s Office of Research, Evaluation and Statistics

The Social Security Administration’s Office of Research, Evaluation and Statistics (SSA, ORES) is a multifaceted organization that develops a variety of data, research, and tools related to this long-standing American institution. In this webinar, staff will provide a visual walkthrough of the ORES website and explain the following research and statistical lines of business:

  1. Angela Harper will provide an overview of the ORES published statistics program;
  2. Paul Davies will provide an overview of the ORES research program; and
  3. Marc Sinofsky will provide an overview of the ORES research and statistical data linkage program.

Presenters:
Angela Harper, Social Science Research Analyst, Social Security Administration
Paul Davies, Senior Advisor, Social Security Administration
Marc Sinofsky, Senior Advisor, Social Security Administration

Measuring America on the Move: Free and Accessible Data on Travel Patterns

Surveys about personal travel provide robust information about socio-demographic characteristics of persons and workers, combined with household characteristics such as income and vehicle availability, access to transit, and measurement of their actual travel. These data are used to analyze trends in travel behavior and to forecast travel to estimate congestion, fuel consumption, air quality, social equity, and many other purposes.

This webinar will showcase two of the foremost national datasets on personal travel: the Census Transportation Planning Products (CTPP) which is based on the American Community Survey focusing on the commute; and the National Household Travel Survey which includes all trip purposes. The webinar will also introduce the Transportation Secure Data Center (TSDC). Regional and State agencies also conduct travel surveys. Those surveys which have included a GPS component are now accessible at the TSDC, which maintains the security of the data, but provides access without requiring travel to Colorado.

Presenters:
Elaine Murakami, Community Planner, Federal Highway Administration, Office of Planning
Penelope Weinberger, CTPP Program Manager, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
Adella Santos, NHTS Program Manager, Federal Highway Administration, Office of Highway Policy Information
Jasmy Methipara, NHTS Research Analyst, MacroSys
Jeff Gonder, Senior Engineer, Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Introduction to Data Sets: The National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics

Part of APDU’s Public Data University series, this webinar serves as a baseline learning experience and systematic overview of Veteran Data at the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics (NCVAS). NCVAS supports planning, analysis, and decision-making activities through the collection, validation, analysis, and dissemination of key statistics on Veteran population and VA programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs. This presentation will provide answers to the following questions:

• What is the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics?
• How many Veterans are there?
• How are the dollars distributed?
• What services and benefits are Veterans using?
• How are Veterans geographically concentrated?
• What do we know about Veterans?
• What data are we collecting?
• Who can you contact if you want to know more about Veteran data?

Introduction to Data Sets: National Center for Health Statistics

What are the leading causes of death in the U.S.? How many Americans smoke? How many Americans are obese? Are emergency departments more crowded than they used to be?

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) collects, analyzes, and disseminates data needed to answer these and many other key questions about health and health care in the United States. As a part of the federal statistical system, the mission of NCHS is to provide statistical information that will guide actions and policies to improve the health of the American people. Collaborating with other public and private health partners, NCHS employs a variety of data collection mechanisms to obtain accurate information from multiple sources. Sources of data collection include:

  • Birth and death certificates
  • Patient medical records
  • Personal interviews (in households and by phone)
  • Standardized physical examinations and lab tests
  • Facility information

Using these sources, NCHS produces data on a wide range of health topics such as:

  • Health conditions
  • Health-related behaviors
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Access to and use of health care services
  • Practice of medicine in the United States
  • Injuries
  • Disabilities
  • Births, including teenage births
  • Leading causes of death

Participants will be introduced to the NCHS portfolio of surveys and data collection systems, types of data that are available, and the mechanisms by which these data are made available for public use.

Presenter:
Jennifer H. Madans, PhD, Associate Director for Science and Co-Acting Deputy Director, CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

Introduction to Data Sets: Census Bureau Demographic and Decennial Programs

Part of APDU’s Public Data University series, this webinar serves as a baseline learning experience and systematic overview of demographic and decennial statistics at the U.S. Census Bureau. This presentation will provide answers to the following questions:

  • What are the primary data products?
  • What are the methods of data collection and analysis?
  • How frequently are the data updated?
  • At what level geography are they published?
  • When does publication occur relative to the reference period?
  • How are the data disseminated? How is the agency’s web delivery system structured?
  • Internally, what services are provided to support data collection and analysis?
  • Who can the user contact if they want to know more about the data program?

Presenters:
LaTerri Bynum, Co-Director, Survey Operations Coordination Office, Demographic Programs Directorate, U.S. Census Bureau
Jennifer Kim, Ph.D., Chief, Content and Language Branch, Decennial Management Division, U.S. Census Bureau

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

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

Introduction to Data Sets: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) 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: National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Demographic Statistics. This presentation will explore the following questions:

  • What data are collected? Who are the primary users? USDA-NASS-Logo
  • 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:
Virginia Harris, Statistician, USDA – National Agricultural Statistics Service

Course:
USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Demographic Statistics 101 (Intro to Data Sets)

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

Introduction to Data Sets: USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) Economic 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: USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) Economic Statistics. This presentation will explore the following questions:

  • What data are collected? Who are the primary users? usda-logo
  • 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?

Speakers:

  • Lewrene Glaser – Deputy Director for Data Management in the Market and Trade Economics Division
  • Utpal Vasavada – Deputy Director for Management, Data and Staff Analysis in the Resource and Rural Economics Division
  • Mark Denbaly – Deputy Director for Data and Web Communication in the Food Economics Division

Course:
USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) Economic Statistics 101 (Intro to Data Sets)

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