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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

The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS): Survey Design, Data Access, and Its Utility in Assessing the Impact of the Changes

Changes in the health care system, in population composition, and in risk factors have increased the need for data to identify and address health issues and to guide public health and health care policy and programs. Participants will learn about the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), one of the major household surveys conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics. In recent years, the NHIS has been enhanced to capture data for emerging issues in population health and health care. Content will include how the NHIS is conducted, what data are available, how to access these data, what publications feature these data, and how it has been used to monitor the effects of recent changes in the health care system.

Stephen J. Blumberg, Associate Director for Science, National Center for Health Statistics
Colleen N. Nugent, Survey Statistician, National Center for Health Statistics

Intermediate Application of Data Sets: Understanding & Using Data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), within the U.S. Department of Education, collects data on more than 7300 postsecondary institutions annually via the Integrated Postsecondary Educations Data System (IPEDS) data collection. These data are accessible to the public through the IPEDS ‘Use the Data’ portal. The first part of the webinar will discuss the IPEDS survey universe, data collection cycle, and data availability, as well as the major IPEDS components and considerations that should be made when using data from each component.

The second part of the webinar will describe the options and processes for accessing IPEDS data, including a discussion of shortcuts, tips, common research questions, and how you can get more help learning about IPEDS or retrieving IPEDS data.

Samuel Barbett, Team Lead IPEDS Data Quality, National Center for Education Statistics
Tara Lawley, Team Lead IPEDS Operations, National Center for Education Statistics

Promoting Small Businesses: Introducing Census Business Builder

The U.S. Census Bureau provides a wealth of data that business owners can use to help them make informed decisions, but accessing these data can be difficult for many.

This webinar will feature the recently released Census Business Builder: Small Business Edition. This new web tool makes it much easier for users to access and use these data in an intuitive, map-based interface. Participants will learn how to navigate the tool and to maximize its usefulness.

The webinar is not only intended for small business owners themselves but also staff of local organizations who work directly with entrepreneurs and small business owners to help their businesses grow and research organizations.

Andrew Hait, Program Planning & Data User Outreach Liaison, Economy-Wide Statistics Division, Census Bureau

Understanding the CTE Statistics Program

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), within the U.S. Department of Education, supports a program to collect and report information on career and technical education (CTE, formerly known as “vocational education”). This webinar will provide an in-depth briefing on NCES’ CTE Statistics program, including a historical overview of the Center’s efforts to collect CTE information, current collection and reporting strategies, and plans for future data collection and reporting. Attendees will learn about strategies to operationally define CTE and CTE participants, the “derived data system” used to produce CTE statistics, and how to access the data and statistics from this system.

Lisa Hudson, Education Statistician, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education

Accessing Regional Data: Bureau of Economic Analysis

This webinar will provide an in-depth briefing on BEA’s regional data programs. Attendees will learn about BEA’s measures of economic activity at the state, county and metro-area levels. After a brief overview of how these measures are put together, the session will review the regional section of BEA’s website and provide insights on how to access the full range of regional economic statistics, including gross domestic product, personal income, and the new measures of regional price parities and personal consumption by state.

Nicholas Empey, Chief, DAS Group, Regional Economic Directorate, Bureau of Economic Analysis