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.
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
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.
- 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
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.
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
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.
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 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.
Lucas Hitt, Deputy Executive Director, Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, Bureau of Economic Analysis
Despite global commitments to and increasing enthusiasm for open data, little is actually known about its use and impact. What kinds of social and economic transformation has open data brought about and what is its future potential? How—and under what circumstances—has it been most effective? How have open data practitioners mitigated risks and maximized social good? Even as proponents extol the virtues of open data, the field suffers from a lack of detailed evidence of the impact of open data, and, even more importantly, what contributed to that impact.
In this webinar, Stefaan Verhulst and Andrew Young of New York University’s Governance Lab (www.thegovlab.org) will share lessons learned from a recent study undertaken in collaboration with Omidyar Network, aimed at addressing this lack of evidence. This in-depth analysis of 19 open data initiatives from across the globe uncovered new evidence of when, and how, open data works in practice. With a particular focus on the conditions that enable success and the key challenges to be mitigated in order to unlock positive social, economic, cultural and political open data impacts, Verhulst and Young will provide the type of operational, evidence-based guidance the field has largely lacked to date.
Stefaan Verhulst, Chief Research and Development Officer, The GovLab
Andrew Young, Associate Director of Research, the GovLab
The U.S. Census Bureau is researching modern and cost-efficient methods for the population to exercise its civic obligation to be counted in the 2020 Census. Whether through the Internet, telephone or traditional paper questionnaires, the Census Bureau is committed to making the mandatory once-a-decade headcount quick, easy and safe for all to participate. This presentation will provide an overview of the current plans for the 2020 Census and where the Census Bureau is headed in the next few years.
Deirdre Dalpiaz Bishop, Chief, Decennial Census Management Division, U.S. Census Bureau
In 3.5 short years of existence, the Government Services Administration’s Digital Analytics Program (DAP) has grown from zero to 4,000+ websites participating in an aggregated web analytics program that seeks to show a birds-eye view of public interaction with the federal digital space. With 45 agencies currently part of the program, the combined website traffic totals over 1.5 billion pageviews monthly, and the small-but-mighty DAP team trains, troubleshoots, and provides support to over 2,000 users.
Best of all, in March 2015, the DAP program teamed up with the US Digital Service, 18F, and the US CTO’s office to launch analytics.usa.gov, which offers public data from the program. The new transparency allows members of the public and industry to view and use the federal government’s web analytics data for their own insights and analysis. In this webinar, attendees will learn how the federal government is using data from the Digital Analytics Program to improve the public’s experience with its websites, as well as how any member of the public can use the data on analytics.usa.gov to better understand trends and technology.
Timothy Lowden, Acting Program Manager, General Services Administration
Household surveys, one of the main innovations in social science research of the last century, are threatened by declining accuracy due to reduced cooperation of respondents. While many indicators of survey quality have steadily declined in recent decades, the literature has largely emphasized rising nonresponse rates rather than other potentially more important dimensions to the problem. Bruce Meyer of the University of Chicago divides the problem into rising rates of nonresponse, imputation, and measurement error, documenting the rise in each of these threats to survey quality over the past three decades.
A fundamental problem in assessing biases due to these problems in surveys is the lack of a benchmark or measure of truth, leading us to focus on the accuracy of the reporting of government transfers. Dr. Meyer will provide evidence from aggregate measures of transfer reporting as well as linked microdata; discuss the relative importance of misreporting of program receipt and conditional amounts of benefits received, as well as some of the conjectured reasons for declining cooperation and survey errors; and end by discussing ways to reduce the impact of the problem including the increased use of administrative data and the possibilities for combining administrative and survey data.
Bruce D. Meyer, McCormick Foundation Professor, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy
The US Department of Commerce has long been in the business of data collection, processing and dissemination that touches almost every facet of American life. A natural evolutionary step for the Department is to ensure that the analytical and technologist public is able to maximally benefit from open data, whether it is to strengthen the economy or to better study and understand society. The Commerce Data Service (CDS), a new data-centric startup team within the Office of the Secretary, has launched the Commerce Usability Project, a wide ranging effort designed to:
- Illustrate data use cases including new algorithms, visualizations, discovery or other applications;
- Develop reference or tutorial code to help the power-user public to start using data for analysis or software development; and
- Provide feedback and user stories centered on general data usability.
Satellite imagery, demographic data and cybersecurity vulnerabilities represent just a sampling of the myriad use cases and potential applications. In this session, the CDS provides an in-depth overview of the user-centric offerings of this growing effort and outlines a vision for data usability in the public sector.
Jeffrey Chen, Chief Data Scientist, US Department of Commerce
Star Ying, Data Scientist, US Department of Commerce