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Special Topics and Emerging Issues in Public Data: How Will New Census Bureau Privacy Measures Change 2020 Decennial Census Data

The Census Bureau is introducing a new framework to protect individual data in the Decennial Census: “Differential Privacy”. This has implications for the reliability and availability of invaluable federal statistics – decreasing accuracy for small areas and small sub-population counts and reducing the scope of various data products in exchange for improved privacy protections.

This webinar from the Association of Public Data Users will provide a background on Disclosure Avoidance, details on the policy decisions leading to Differential Privacy and its subsequent implementation, and comparisons of recently released data comparing previously available 2010 Census data with data demonstrating the impact of Differential Privacy. Register today to learn more.

Moderator:
Beth Jarosz, Senior Research Associate, Population Reference Bureau

Presenters:
Kathryn Pettit, Principal Research Associate, Urban Institute
David Van Riper, Director of Spatial Analysis, IPUMS

Pricing:

APDU, C2ER, and LMI Institute Members: Free

Non-Members: $50.00

Special Topics and Emerging Issues in Public Data: How BLS is Using Machine Learning to Improve Data Accuracy

Five years ago, staff at the Bureau of Labor Statistics had to read and manually code hundreds of thousands of written descriptions of work-related injuries and illnesses each year. Today, more than two thirds of these codes are now assigned by a deep neural network, which evaluations suggest is substantially more accurate on average than trained human workers.

In this webinar, Alex Measure will discuss how BLS addressed some of the many challenges inherent in this transition. Attendees will learn:

  1. how BLS built these new computer systems
  2. how they decided when and how to use them
  3. how to evaluate their performance
  4. how BLS monitors and maintain them to continually improve performance.

Presenter:
Alex Measure, Economist, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Pricing:

APDU, C2ER, and LMI Institute Members: Free

Non-Members: $50.00

Special Topics and Emerging Issues in Public Data: How Privacy-Preserving Technologies Can Influence Data and Policy

When the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking issued its unanimous recommendations to Congress in 2017, it called for the exploration of new approaches that promote data access and privacy preservation at the same time. This webinar discusses an application of one such technology – multi-party computation – in a real-world setting to assess the applicability of the approach in public agencies.

A demonstration project in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania applied privacy-preserving approaches to generate responses to policy-relevant questions about mental health services, homelessness services, and other public health policies. This demonstration project offers a compelling example of how the technologies can be deployed—which can advance consideration of the approach within agencies at all levels of government. Register today to learn how this new technology could impact the data you rely on.

Presenter:
Nick Hart, Ph.D., CEO, Data Coalition Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center

USDA Research Relocation and Reorganization: Perspectives from Former USDA Chief Scientists and Administrators

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USDA Research Relocation and Reorganization: Perspectives from Former USDA Chief Scientists and Administrators
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in August caught Congress and USDA stakeholders by surprise with a proposal to relocate the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) outside of the Washington, DC area and to move ERS from the USDA research arm to a policy arm.

The proposal has raised many questions: Will there be a chance for the USDA partner community to comment? Was the partner and stakeholder community previously consulted? Why the speed of action? What is Congress’s role? What is the problem being addressed? Many concerns have also been raised: Will NIFA and ERS relevance and reach be impacted by being moved away from key audiences and policymakers? Will ERS’s standing as a world premier economics research institution be retained with the expected staff attrition for those not willing to move their families? What will be the impact of ERS’s perception as an independent, trusted source of information and analysis be impacted by its move to a USDA policy office?

The panelists will address the many questions and concerns raised about the USDA proposal; address viewer questions; and suggest actions for Congress, USDA, and viewers.

Panelists
Stephen Censky
Cathie Woteki
Gale Buchanan
Susan Offutt
Scott Swinton

Reorganizing Federal Data Agencies

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This June the White House released a proposal that would shift the Bureau of Labor Statistics from the Department of Labor to the Department of Commerce, joining with the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau under a single economics and statistics agency. Join us for a facilitated conversation with Dr. Ken Poole as he talks with Dr. Nancy Potok, Chief Statistician of the United States at the Office of Management and Budget and Dr. Erica Groshen, former Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Attendees will learn more about the reorganization from Dr. Potok and Dr. Groshen, better understand the rationale for the proposal, and gain insights about key considerations that still need to be addressed. This is your chance to provide feedback about your concerns. You are strongly encouraged to bring questions, concerns, and ideas to the conversation.

Presenters:
Dr. Nancy A. Potok, Chief Statistician of the United States, U.S. Office of Management and Budget
Dr. Erica Groshen, Former Commissioner, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Dr. Kenneth E. Poole, CEO, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness

Special Topics & Emerging Issues in Public Data: Improving Data Discoverability & Interoperability with DDI Metadata

The Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) is an international standard for describing survey and other social science data. Documenting research data with DDI facilitates interpretation and understanding — both by humans and computers. Learn how DDI improves the ability of researchers and organizations to Document, Discover, and Interoperate in this APDU Webinar on March 7.

Presenters:
Barry Radler, Distinguished Researcher, University of Wisconsin
Institute on Aging Jon Johnson, Data Management and Metadata specialist working, UK Data
Jared Lyle, Archivist, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)

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

Special Topics and Emerging Issues in Public Data: Unlocking Open Data’s Network Effect

18M open datasets exist today, and growth is accelerating. But these data sets live in data portals without common taxonomies or architectures, and must first be cleaned and prepared by data users. Human and computers normalize, extract meaning, and identify correlations, but this work is siloed: used for one project, then lost forever, only to be repeated from scratch by the next person to touch the data.

Open data can help us rise to humanity’s toughest challenges, but only if we maximize its network effect. To build the web of Linked Data, we have to start by connecting the people who are working with data.

Patrick McGarry of data.world will answer the following questions (and more) in this webinar:

  1. How can we enhance open data that has already been published?
  2. How are leading open data publishers combining the power of linked data and open data?
  3. What is the role of public-private partnership today, and how should it evolve?

Presenter:
Patrick McGarry, Head of Community, data.world

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

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