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Prior Meetings and Papers

2012 FCSM Research Conference
Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC
January 10-12, 2012

The 2012 Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology (FCSM) Research Conference was held January 10-12, 2012 at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC. The conference consisted of a plenary session with keynote speaker, Dr. Don Dillman from Washington State University, 36 paper sessions, and two technical demonstration sessions.

2010 FCSM Statistical Policy Seminar
Beyond Our Traditions: Innovative Approaches to Longstanding and Emerging Challenges
Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC
December 14-15, 2010

The Tenth in a Series of Seminars hosted by COPAFS (The Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics)

Final Program [PDF]

Topics

Keynote Address
John Thompson, President
National Opinion Research Center

2009 Research Conference
Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC
November 2-4, 2009

The 2009 Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology (FCSM) Research Conference will be held November 2-4, 2009 at the Washington Conventions Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC. The Conference provides a forum for experts from around the world to discuss and exchange current research and methodological topics relevant to Federal government statistical programs. Each day of the conference will offer papers on a wide range of topics including the use of advanced technologies for survey design and data collection, processing and dissemination, data mining, data warehousing and metadata, treatment of missing data, improving coverage and response rates, confidentiality and disclosure issues, record linkage, sample design and estimation, cognitive research and usability testing, and data quality.

Technical demonstrations will run concurrently on the second day of the conference during the first morning session. Applications will include demonstrations on Q-Notes, Demonstration of Field Interviewer (Fl) Tracker Tool, Statipedia, and a Demonstration of Census Coverage Measurement Clerical Matching Software. Sessions feature papers and demonstrations by government, private sector, and academic researchers from eight countries. Katharine Abraham from the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland will be our guest speaker in the opening plenary session. All paper sessions will include an open discussion and some sessions will include a formal discussion.

Workshop on How to Do Nonresponse Bias Analyses
in Household and Establishment Surveys

Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference
2 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, DC
June 10, 2009

The Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology (FCSM) is sponsoring a one-day workshop designed to help Federal agencies meet the OMB guidance for conducting nonresponse bias analyses when surveys achieve response rates less than 80 percent. The workshop will feature illustrative examples of the research done by Federal agencies and their contractors to examine nonresponse bias in Federal surveys. The workshop is intended to provide a forum for agencies to learn and share experiences in conducting nonresponse bias analyses, with emphasis on the methodology, and each session will include time for floor discussion. A variety of techniques will be illustrated on different surveys, including Federal surveys of individuals, households, business establishments, farms, and educational institutions.


2008 Federal Committee On Statistical Methodology Statistical Policy Seminar
Beyond 2010: Confronting the Challenges

November 18-19, 2008

Program

Topics:

Keynote Address:

Hermann Habermann, former Director, U.N. Statistics Division and former Deputy Director, U.S. Census Bureau

2007 Federal Committee On Statistical Methodology Research Conference
Sheraton Crystal City Hotel, Arlington VA
This event was held November 5-7, 2007

2007 FCSM Conference Papers

Final program [PDF]
Registration form [PDF]

The 2007 FCSM Research Conference will be held November 5-7, 2007 at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel, Arlington, Virginia. The Conference provides a forum for experts from around the world to discuss and exchange current research and methodological topics relevant to Federal government statistical programs. Each day of the conference will offer papers on a wide range of topics including the use of advanced technologies for survey design and data collections, processing and dissemination, variance estimation, treatment of missing data, improving coverage and response rates, confidentiality and disclosure issues, record linkage, sample design and estimation, cognitive research and data quality.

Technical demonstrations on a variety of applications will run concurrently on the second day of the conference. Applications include demonstrations of audio computer-assisted self-interviewing (ACASI), a pen-based data collection system, computer-assisted recording interviewing (CARI), the use of hand-held computer for data collection, the use of GPS hand-held receivers in agricultural surveys, and data dissemination using the web. Sessions feature papers and demonstrations by government, private sector and academic researchers from nine countries.

In the opening plenary session, Jon Krosnick from Stanford University will be our guest speaker. All paper sessions will include an open discussion and some sessions will include a formal discussion.

Contact information


Federal Committee On Statistical Methodology Statistical Policy Seminar
Keeping Current: What We Know - What We Need To Learn
November 28-29, 2006

The Eighth in a Series of Seminars Hosted by COPAFS (The Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics)
Participants will include Statisticians, Economists, and Managers, as well as Other Professionals in the Broader Statistical Community who Share an Interest in Keeping Current on Issues Related to Federal Data.

Support Provided by
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality * Bureau of Economic Analysis * Bureau of Justice Statistics * Bureau of Labor Statistics * Bureau of Transportation Statistics * Energy Information Administration * Environmental Protection Agency * National Agricultural Statistics Service * National Center for Education Statistics * National Center for Health Statistics * Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics of the Social Security Statistics of Income Division of the Internal Revenue Service * U.S. Census Bureau

Topics

Keynote Address
Kenneth Prewitt
Columbia University

Location and Seminar Cost
L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L'Enfant Plaza, S.W., Washington D.C. 20024 Cost: $195.00 per person

For further information, contact the COPAFS office: Phone: 703-836-0404 or Email: copafs@aol.com

Final Program [PDF] 23K


2005 Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology (FCSM) Research Conference
November 14-16, 2005

The 2005 Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology (FCSM) Research Conference will be held November 14-16, 2005, at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, VA. The conference provides a forum for experts from around the world to discuss and exchange current research and methodological topics relevant to Federal government statistical programs. Each day of the conference will offer papers on a wide range of topics. Technical demonstrations on a variety of applications will run concurrently on the second day of the conference. Applications include systems for data warehousing, data analysis, clerical review, and data dissemination. Sessions feature papers and demonstrations by government, private sector, and academic researchers from six countries.

Session Topics

Keynote Address
Miron Straf
National Academies of Science

All paper sessions will include an open discussion and some sessions will include a formal discussion. Papers will be made available at the conference on a CD-ROM. The final program/abstract booklet will be distributed at the conference.

  • 2005 FCSM Conference Papers

  • 2004 FCSM Statistical Policy Seminar
    Achieving Statistical Quality in Diverse and Changing Environments
    December 15-16, 2004

    The Seventh in a Series of Seminars Hosted by COPAFS (The Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics)
    Participants will include Statistician, Economists, and Managers, as well as Others in the Broader Statistical Community who Share an Interest in the Quality of Federal Data.

    Session Topics

    Keynote Address
    Richard Kulka
    Research Triangle Institute

    Support provided by
    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality * Bureau of Economic Analysis * Bureau of Labor Statistics * Bureau of Transportation Statistics * Energy Information Administration * Environmental Protection Agency * National Agricultural Statistics Service * National Center for Education Statistics * National Center for Health Statistics * Social Security Administration * Statistics of Income Division of the Internal Revenue Service * U.S. Census Bureau


    FCSM 2003 Research Conference
    Sheraton Crystal City Hotel, Arlington Virginia
    November 17-19, 2003

    The 2003 Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology Research Conference provides a forum for experts from around the world to discuss and exchange current research and methodological topics relevant to Federal government statistical programs.

    Each day of the conference will offer papers on a wide range of topics, including the use of advanced technologies for survey design and data collection, processing and dissemination, data mining, data warehousing and metadata, treatment of missing data, improving coverage and response rates, confidentiality and disclosure issues, record linkage, sample design and estimation, cognitive research and usability testing, and data quality.

    Technical demonstrations on a variety of applications will run concurrently on the second day of the conference. Applications include systems for data warehousing, data analysis, clerical review, and data dissemination.

  • 2003 FCSM Research Conference Papers

  • FCSM Statistical Policy Seminar
    Challenges to the Federal Statistical System in Fostering Access to Statistics

    November 6-7, 2002

    This is the sixth in a series of seminars hosted by COPAFS (Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics). The seminar opened with a keynote address by Jay Hakes, current director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and former Administrator at the Energy Information Agency. Twelve invited sessions related to the theme, "Challenges to the Federal Statistical System in Fostering Access to Statistics" were presented.

  • 2002 FCSM Statistical Policy Seminar Proceedings Papers

  • FCSM Research Conference
    November 14-16, 2001

    Highlights
    The Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology (FCSM) Research Conference was held on November 14-16, 2001 at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington,Virginia. The conference featured addresses by Stephen Fienberg of Carnegie Mellon University on "The Interplay Between Research Innovation and Federal Statistical Practice," and Kenneth Prewitt of The New School on "Federal Statistics: The 'Right' Balance Between Accountability and Autonomy."

    Contributed paper and technical demonstration sessions provided platforms for discussion and exchange of a wide range of current research and methodological topics relevant to Federal government statistical programs.

  • 2001 FCSM Research Conference Papers

  • Note
    Additional Reports and Proceedings from prior FCSM Conferences and Seminars can be found on the methodology reports page.