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Title: Modernization and Reengineering of the Census of Governments Presented at the State Data Center Annual Training Conference


1
Modernization and Reengineering of the Census of
Governments Presented at the State Data
Center Annual Training Conference
  • Lisa Blumerman
  • Governments Division
  • October 14, 2010

2
Introduction to Governments Division
  • Main Purposes of Governments Division programs
  • Provide socio-economic statistics about
    governments
  • Act as a public-sector counterpart to economic
    data of business, industry, and services
  • Track activity of governments over time
  • Response is voluntary
  • Virtually no confidentiality restrictions

3
Importance of the Data
  • Tells the story of the fiscal welfare of federal,
    state, and local government
  • Our data constitute 12 percent of Gross Domestic
    Product
  • Our data are the only source of comprehensive,
    uniform statistics on governments we are the
    gold standard
  • Helps policy makers make important, informed
    decisions

4
Base Programs
  • Census of Governments and related programs
  • Finance Data revenues, expenditures, debt,
    assets
  • Employment Data number of employees payroll
  • Organizational Data number of governments
    character
  • Some of the oldest continuous data collections
  • First survey of State Government Finances, 1902
  • Modern day Census of Governments, 1957

5
Base Programs
6
Reimbursable Programs
  • Because of Governments Division expertise in the
    public-sector, surveys are conducted on behalf of
    other agencies
  • Historically, the surveys compliment the work of
    the base programs

7
Reimbursable Programs
8
Hot Off the Press!
  • Consolidated Federal Funds Report Federal Aid
    to States FY09 (August 2010)
  • Annual Survey of Public Employment Payroll FY09
    (August 2010)
  • Quarterly Tax, 2nd Q. FY10 (September 2010)
  • Quarterly Retirement, 2nd Q.
    FY10 (October 2010)

9
State and Local Government Statistics at a
Crossroads
  • 2007 report issued by the Committee on National
    Statistics (CNStat)
  • Suggested 21 recommendations for improving
    existing programs
  • Working toward addressing the majority of
    recommendations by the 2012 Census of Governments

9
10
Summary of CNStat Recommendations
  • CNStat Report Themes
  • Data Quality, Relevance, and Utility
  • Dissemination
  • Timeliness

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CNStat Theme Data Quality, Relevance, and
Utility
  • Recommendation Get feedback from users
  • Progress Update
  • Increasing participation in user meetings
  • Series of focus groups with variety of data users
    in both the Federal statistical community and the
    private research community
  • Presentation to the Census Bureaus Professional
    Advisory Committee, April 2010

11
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CNStat Theme Data Quality, Relevance, and
Utility
  • Recommendation Conduct research on barriers to
    response and use results to develop strategies
    for response improvement
  • Progress Update
  • Division launched Quality Improvement Program
  • Small reporting practices and nonresponse
    follow-up study will lead to revised
    questionnaires and content.
  • Visited state and local governments in Illinois
    (August) and Pennsylvania (September). Future
    states to be identified.
  • Conducted cognitive testing for the Quarterly Tax
    survey

12
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CNStat Theme Data Quality, Relevance, and
Utility
  • Recommendation Conduct research on existing
    methods to identify efficiencies and improvements
  • Progress Update
  • Re-organized the division to develop an area
    devoted to research and methodology
  • Redesigning all aspects of the Quarterly Tax
    survey
  • Local Finance Central Collection Evaluation
  • Increase efforts with Census Bureau stakeholders,
    including advisory committees, SDC, CIC, and
    FSCPE programs

13
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CNStat Theme Dissemination
  • Recommendation Facilitate wider dissemination of
    products by issuing press releases add value to
    existing data by providing simple derived
    measures provide users with tools and
    documentation
  • Progress Update
  • Regular press releases began in October 2008 with
    the release of 2007 Census of Employment data
  • Introduction of quarterly surveys to Tip Sheets
    and planning on developing quarterly press
    releases
  • Introduced new analytical material to accompany
    releases
  • Availability through Build-A-Table and Website
    redesign
  • Stakeholder support and education of constituents

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Build-A-Table
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CNStat Theme Timeliness
  • Recommendation Research the benefits/costs of
    adopting earlier release procedures, i.e.,
    releasing preliminary estimates or releasing
    estimates as they are compiled
  • Progress Update
  • Successful in moving up the release of several
    products
  • Some constraints due to data processing include
    reviewing existing processes and methods to
    determine where efficiencies can be made
    (reengineering efforts)

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Modernization and Reengineering
  • ADD SLIDE of WEB SITE

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Research Program
  • Research projects (sample design, dashboards,
    decision-based estimation, small area
    estimation, nonresponse bias studies)
  • Governments Division Report Series
  • Available at http//www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/g
    overn.html
  • Training and development of staff through
    conference attendance, seminars, and courses

18
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Data User Workshops
  • 6 Data User Workshops
  • 5 small exchanges in the fall and winter
  • 1 data user conference, March 2010
  • Workshops explored the varying needs for data on
    government statistics, specifically
  • Research questions and data needs and uses
  • Identified government statistics data that are
    most useful
  • Identified and assisted in prioritizing
    additional data needs and,
  • Identified potential data quality issues.
  • Planning to continue workshops each year

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Next Steps on Modernization and Reengineering
  • Continued involvement with the user community
  • Continuation of Quality Improvement Program
    QuIP Trips
  • Content review and determination for the 2012
    Census of Governments
  • Revitalized product line
  • Modernized and then reengineered systems

21
How We Can Work Together
  • Reengage partnership efforts with YOU!
  • Interact with your government and community to
  • Disseminate products
  • Educate users through online tools, custom tabs,
    and Webinars
  • Increase state and local government response
  • Support of our programs
  • Your ideas?

22
Questions?
  • Lisa Blumerman
  • Division Chief
  • Governments Division
  • Lisa.Blumerman_at_census.gov
  • 301-763-8050
  • For updated information on our efforts, please
    visit
  • http//harvester.census.gov/duw/
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