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2021 Annual Conference

 

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With economic, public health, and governance challenges arising from COVID-19 and political polarization, trustworthy public data is vital to open and honest policy debates. Federal statistical data is used to understand the shifting American landscape, helping make sense of the new normal at work, in our communities, in governance – the list goes on. With trust in institutions waning among some, accurate public data can help restore trust encourage cooperation.

Register today for the APDU Virtual Annual Conference to be a part of this important discussion. APDU is where users, producers, and disseminators of government statistical data come together to learn of changes in public data, provide feedback to statistical agencies, and share best practices in the use of data.

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APDU Workshop Series: Making the Best of the 2020 Census

Virtual Workshop

Town Halls: April 14 and May 12, 2021

Trainings: June 16, August 18, and September 15, 2021

Office Hours: Biweekly beginning June 9, 2021

Price: Free

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Accurate statistics about 2020 will rely on much more than the decennial census data collection. Developing reliable data will require an understanding of challenges resulting from the pandemic, combined with greater use of non-traditional sources like administrative records. The solutions to these problems will impact how data is gathered going forward for a variety of purposes: education, housing, economic development, public health, and more.

Register today for this series of town hall events and trainings. During this workshop series you will learn more about the quality of the data that state and local leaders rely on and how you can improve and supplement it.

Town Hall #1: April 14, 2021 (3:00 – 4:00 PM ET)
2020 Census was “Different” – A Rundown of Issues

Facilitators:

  • Amy O’Hara, Research Professor, Massive Data Institute, Georgetown University
  • danah boyd, Principal Investigator, Microsoft Research & Founder, Data & Society

With the COVID-19 pandemic, political interference, and disclosure avoidance concerns, this census was deeply impacted. Amy and danah will discuss what happened with the census, where we are now, what researchers are hearing from the Census Bureau, the updated timeline, and what the Census Bureau can still fix.

Town Hall #2: May 12, 2021 (3:00 – 4:30 PM ET)
Solving Data “Differences” – Assessing the Use Cases

In this town hall, we will solicit your concerns and questions about upcoming census products – specifically about urban/rural, housing, workforce, health, and justice use cases. We will discuss data sources and methods for these different use cases. Since 2020 census products are delayed, we will discuss alternative data sources that may support population measurement.

Training #1: June 16, 2021 (1:00 – 3:30 PM ET)
Addressing the Census – Why Address Data is Crucial and How to Use It

In the first of a series of trainings focused on preparing data users to use the 2020 census data, we will begin by familiarizing the group with types of address data to lead to a high-quality census enumeration, help to validate the census publications that come out, and potentially how to mount a Count Question Resolution challenge. In this session, we will review coverage and classification issues, how to evaluate data sources and tools to assess your data.

Training #2: August 18, 2021 (1:00 – 3:30 PM ET)
Age Bins – Where to Find More Data

In our second training, we will discuss the importance of obtaining accurate data on different age categories. The Census Bureau has released demonstration data on their disclosure avoidance system; however, age bins have not been a component. Accurate age bins are critical for urban planning, public health, social research, and funding, and we know that the census has traditionally undercounted very young children and overcounted the elderly. We will discuss how possible imprecision in published census results may affect the age distribution and consider how age bins can be smoothed. We will also explore other datasets that can be used to understand key population subgroups.

Training #3: September 15, 2021 (1:00 – 3:30 PM ET)
Beyond COVID – Identifying Public Health Data to Prevent Disaster

Whether it’s a global pandemic or an overdose crisis in your community, we want to empower you with the tools and resources to identify patterns and be prepared to respond. This training will go over the new administration’s Executive Order, which datasets can drive insights around health, highlighting differences between statistical and tactical data. We will also discuss measuring migration and service utilization. With these tools, we are hoping to prepare our attendees to identify the best data and methods to deal with future public health crises or natural disasters.

Special Topics & Emerging Issues in Public Data: Advanced Techniques to Increase Data Availability & Maintain Privacy

Big data has created complex new challenges to data privacy. One advantage of administrative big data is the enhanced feasibility of large scale record linkage. How can we make more data available to inform decision making without creating “Big Brother”? How can we inform this needed revolution in privacy protection without cutting back access to data?

In this webinar, Cavan Capps and Micah Altman will review their comprehensive analysis of an ACS use case that can be used to inform key decisions on how to protect data privacy while leveraging the latest data technologies. The results suggest that a multi-tiered access system to the data may be warranted in the future, potentially including traditional tabulations and regressions protected by Differential Privacy or variants of Secure Multi-party Computing (SMC) in software or in hardware using SGX, among other options. The webinar will  discuss some of the strengths and weaknesses of the tools mentioned above and propose how such an infrastructure might be constructed.

Finally, the webinar will provide an update on our work continuing work to examine the practical use of SGX-SMC and software based SMC for data collection and integrating shared confidential data from different sources. This enables data sharing while maintaining individual privacy of individual during any analysis. Differential privacy will be used to ensure that any outputs remain confidential.

Presenters:
Micah Altman, Head Research Scientist, MIT Libraries
Cavan Capps, Big Data Lead, U.S. Census Bureau

Fundamentals of Data Science and Visualization

Virtual Training

November 9 – 19, 2020

Classes: Nov 9, 10, 16, 17, 19 from 2:00-4:00 pm Eastern

Office Hours: Nov 9, 10, 16, 17, 19 from 4:00-5:00 pm Eastern

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Data analysts can use a variety of methods and tools to accomplish their goals. With a deeper understanding of data visualization software packages, your organization can produce more intuitive data visualizations in less time and identify the best software solutions to optimize your team’s workflows.

In this course, we will review best practices in data visualization design and use cases for Excel, Tableau, and R (programming language).

Learn how to clean and format data in Excel, create interactive dashboards in Tableau, and clean and visualize data in R. This course will help participants identify use-cases for each software package that maximize impact with minimal effort, expanding participants’ toolbox as an analyst.

Join us to learn about how your organization can better leverage data visualization software!

Meet Your Instructor:

Lee Winkler joined the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) in 2018 after graduating with a Master’s in Public Policy from the George Washington University. He currently supports projects analyzing state-level certification and license attainment and the prevalence of educational and workforce credentials. Lee regularly uses Tableau to clean data, mine insights and create interactive visualizations and is excited to help the class find how Tableau can add value to their workflow.

Registration:
APDU Members: $390
Non-Members: $715

Intermediate Data Visualization Techniques in Tableau

August 25-September 3, 2020

Virtual Training

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A picture is worth a thousand words. Use data to state your case using easy-to-understand data visualization tools. Give your audience the freedom to adapt your data in new ways in interactive dashboards that answer immediate questions and uncovers new insights. Data visualization tools can help you communicate better both internally and with your partners.

Tableau can help you produce more intuitive data visualizations, and we can show you how. In this course, you will build your skills in making appropriate graphics, but you will also incorporate complex calculations in ways that improve insights, make charts more relevant, and create the most impactful dashboard graphics.

Learn how to clean, shape, aggregate, and merge frequently used public data in Tableau Prep. Then, organize your visualizations into sleek dashboards in Tableau Desktop. We will provide helpful tips on how to analyze, design, and communicate these data in ways that will wow your supervisor and organization’s customers.

Training Prerequisites:

Skills: Participants must have a basic understanding of how Tableau works before attending this class, including knowledge of Tableau terminology, uploading data, editing data sources, and creating basic charts. Attendees should be familiar with all materials presented in the Pre-Session Videos: Overview of Charts and Calculated
Fields.
Tools: Laptop, wired mouse, Tableau Desktop (personal, professional, or public version), and Tableau Prep.
• Public version of the Tableau desktop is available at:
https://public.tableau.com/s/download
• Tableau Prep Software can be downloaded here:
https://www.tableau.com/products/prep/download

**Zoom will be required for this training – if you have Zoom restrictions for a work laptop, we recommend using a personal laptop or desktop. We do not recommend using an iPad for this training.
Pricing
APDU, C2ER, LMI Institute Premium Organizational Members $ 495
APDU, C2ER, LMI Institute Individual & Organizational Members $ 575
Non-Members $ 715

CANCELLATION POLICY: APDU must confirm cancellation before 5:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time) on August 14, 2020, after which a $135 cancellation fee will apply. Substitute registrations will be accepted.

Intermediate Application of Data Sets: BLS Unemployment Data

Did you know that there are at least three sources of unemployment statistics in the United States? In this APDU webinar you’ll learn about the three primary data sources—Current Population Survey (CPS), Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS), and American Community Survey (ACS)—and how they differ. Then we’ll explore how to access the official national and state unemployment statistics, based on CPS.

Presenter:
Garrett Schmitt, Senior Economist, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Intermediate Application of Data Sets: CDC Mortality Data

Mortality data are in the news on a daily basis. Accurate data is key to tracking the spread of COVID-19. However, there are important nuances that data users need to know:

  • How are mortality data collected?
  • When are data released?
  • Where can you access the data?
  • What are the differences between provisional and final mortality data?

Register for this APDU webinar today to learn more about mortality data from the CDC.

Presenter:
Robert N. Anderson, Ph.D., Chief, Mortality Statistics Branch, National Center for Health Statistics

Intermediate Application of Data Sets: New Coronavirus Household Pulse Survey from the Census Bureau

The coronavirus pandemic is unprecedented in recent history. To meet this challenge, the U.S. Census Bureau, in collaboration with other federal statistical agencies, has developed two new experimental surveys: a Household Pulse Survey and a Small Business Pulse Survey. This webinar will provide an overview of the household survey, including the following:

  • What type of information is collected in the household survey?
  • What is the data collection method?
  • What levels of geography are being reported?
  • Where can someone find the data?

Presenter:
Jason Fields, Senior Researcher for Demographic Programs, U.S. Census Bureau

New Microdata Access Tool for ACS and CPS

Have you ever looked for data from ACS or CPS, but published tables did not have exactly what you needed? Have you ever wished you could create quick crosstabs without writing code? The Census Bureau is developing a new microdata access feature on data.census.gov that allows users to create custom crosstabulations from ACS and CPS. Register for this webinar today to learn more about this feature and to submit feedback to the Census Bureau about how microdata access could be improved.

Presenter:
Tyson Weister, Survey Statistician, U.S. Census Bureau

2020 Annual Conference

#Trending in 2020: Data Privacy, Accuracy, and Access

July 27-31, 2020
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Trending issues in the world of data – issues of privacy, accuracy, and access – are profoundly changing how we think about the collection, production, sharing, and use of data. Register for the APDU Annual Conference today to learn how the coronavirus is impacting public data and evidence-based policymaking. Attendees will also hear about outcomes from the decennial census and the privacy and public health issues that are impacting it in 2020.

APDU is excited to announce that we are delivering the conference virtually through Whova, a conference management app. Conference sessions have been spread over the week to give attendees more flexibility. We have lowered registration fees by 40% to account for the changes, but are working to encourage engagement with other attendees, speakers, and sponsors through Whova app features. Cancellation fees will not apply.

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