Category Archives: webinars

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.

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.

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.

Lucas Hitt, Deputy Executive Director, Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, Bureau of Economic Analysis

Evidence-Based Strategies for Creating an Open Data Impact

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 ( 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

Overview of the Current Population Survey

Where does the national unemployment rate come from? This presentation will answer that question and others, and will provide information on how this household survey is designed, fielded, and collected, and on the many demographic data series available from the survey on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

Megan Dunn, Economist, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Overview of the Current Employment Statistics Survey

Where does total nonfarm employment come from? This presentation will answer that question and will provide information on how this very large establishment survey is designed, fielded, and collected, and on the industry and geographic data series available from the survey on the BLS website.

Angie Clinton, Supervisory Economist, Bureau of Labor Statistics

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.

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

The 2020 Census: A New Design for the 21st Century

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

Scaling the Mountain: Creating a Government-Wide Web Analytics Program, and Then Taking it Public

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, 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 to better understand trends and technology.

Timothy Lowden, Acting Program Manager, General Services Administration

Supporting the Census & ACS: A Toolkit for Coalition-Building

The 2020 Census and American Community Survey (ACS) face significant challenges in Congress, and data users outside of the nation’s capital often ask if there’s anything they can do to support these seminal Census Bureau programs. In fact, state and local voices have a great deal of credibility and influence with members of Congress and can play a key role in educating lawmakers about the importance of census and ACS data and the benefits to communities “back home.”

The Census Project, a diverse coalition of census and ACS stakeholders spanning virtually every economic and social sector, has produced a Toolkit to help state and local organizations build coalitions in support of an accurate census and comprehensive, reliable ACS. The Association of Public Data Users (APDU) is partnering with The Census Project to unveil and explain the toolkit through this webinar.


  • Warren Brown, President, APDU


  • Census Project Overview
    Phil Sparks, Co-Director, The Census Project
  • Presentation: “Supporting the Census and ACS: A Toolkit for Coalition-Building”
    Joan Naymark, Executive Director, MACS – Minnesotans for the American Community Survey