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Project Title: Using Multiple Data Sources and State-of-the-Art Estimation Methods in Federal Statistics: Frameworks, Methods, and Assessment

PIN: DBASSE-CNSTAT-13-09         

Major Unit:
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Sub Unit:
Committee on National Statistics

Harris-Kojetin, Brian

Subject/Focus Area:
Behavioral and Social Sciences

Using Multiple Data Sources and State-of-the-Art Estimation Methods in Federal Statistics: Frameworks, Methods, and Assessment
December 15, 2015 - December 17, 2015
National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution NW
Washington D.C. 20148

If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open
to the public or need more information please contact:

Contact Name: Agnes E. Gaskin
Phone: 202-334-2240
Fax: 202-334-3751


Panel on Improving Federal Statistics for
Policy and Social Science Research Using Multiple Data Sources and
State-of-the-Art Estimation Methods

December 16, 2015
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
2101 Constitution Avenue NW, Lecture Room
Washington, DC



8:00 am Continental Breakfast available outside the Lecture room

8:45 am Welcome, Introductions, and Goals of the Workshop
Bob Groves, Chair

9:00 am – 10:15 am Session I: Legal and Policy Issues of Using Alternative Data Sources

9:00 am Legal and Policy Issues for Statistical Agencies Accessing and Providing Administrative Data: An Overview (Shelly Martinez, OMB).

9:20 am Accessing Government Records: Authorities and Agreements
(Amy O’Hara, Census)

9:40 am Public Attitudes towards Possible Use of Administrative Records to Supplement the U.S. 2020 Census (Jennifer Hunter Childs, Census)

10:00 am Question & Answer

10:15 am – 10:30 am BREAK

10:30 am – 12:15 pm Session II: Evaluation of Errors in Alternative Sources

10:30 am Management of Quality, Cost and Risk in BLS Work with Alternative Data Sources (John Eltinge, BLS)

10:50 am Matching American Housing Survey to tax assessment data: some preliminary findings. (Shawn Bucholtz, HUD)

11:05 am Results from the 2012 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) Energy Usage Data Validation Study (Joelle Michaels, EIA)

11:20 am Integration of Administrative Record Data into Sample Surveys Conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (Chris Chapman, NCES)

11:35 am Using Proprietary Household and Retail Scanner Data in Food Policy Research
(Megan Sweitzer, ERS)

11:50 am An Automated System for Transforming National Criminal History Records into Statistical Databases (Howard Snyder, BJS)

12:05 pm Question & Answer

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Working Lunch and interaction with agency presenters in the reception area
Box lunches are provided for all attendees

1:15 pm – 3:00 pm Session III: Combining Multiple Data Sources

1:15 pm Using commercial data to estimate spending
(Dennis Fixler, BEA)

1:45 pm Overview of Census Bureau efforts to combine data to improve economic and social measurement (Ron Jarmin, Census)

2:15 pm On Combining Multiple Sources of Information to Enhance NASS Crop Estimates (Nathan Cruze, NASS)

2:30 pm Using public and private data sets to enhance the research value of FoodAPS
(John Kirlin, ERS)

2:45 Measuring All Freight Movement in the United States.
(Rolf Schmitt, BTS)

3:00 pm Question & Answer

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm BREAK

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Session IV: Examining Alternative Data Sources

3:30 pm Use of Electronic Health Records by the National Health Care Surveys
(Clarice Brown, NCHS)

3:45 pm The 2015 Arrest-Related Deaths (ARD) Pilot Program
(Mike Planty, BJS)

4:00 pm A feasibility study of linking SED to UMETRICS and ProQuest
(Wan-Ying Chang, NCSES)

4:15 pm Objective Measures of Physical Activity: Considerations for Data Management, Processing, and Public Release (Tala Fakhouri, NCHS)

4:30 pm ERS use of Food Assistance Administrative Records
(Mark Prell, ERS)

4:45 pm Question & Answer

5:00 pm Adjourn

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Meeting

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the meeting:
Robert Groves
Michael Chernew
Piet Daas
Cynthia Dwork
Frauke Kreuter
James P. Lynch

Sharon Lohr
Colm O'Muircheartaigh
Ophir Frieder
Trivellore Raghunathan
Roberto Rigobon and Marc Rotennberg

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:
In the closed session, the committee held a discussion on Statistical Methods for Combining Data, Internet Harvesting, Electronic Privacy, as well as Differential Privacy. The committee also discussed both the workshop which occurred December 16th, as well as continue to plan the workshop February 25th. Additionally, the committee began to discuss a draft outline for its final report as well as discuss possible recommendations based upon its workshop the day before.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary: December 22, 2015