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Deadline: September 20, 2019 

The 2020 FCSM Research and Policy Conference will focus on the Federal Statistical System’s role in helping agencies and the public meet the demands of evidence-based policymaking. The conference provides a forum for experts and practitioners from around the world to discuss and exchange current methodological knowledge and policy insights about topics of current and critical importance to the Federal Statistical System.

We seek abstracts for that address the following topics from a research and/or policy perspective:  

  1. Data quality, including evaluating or communicating the quality of administrative or blended data

  2. Data access, open data, disclosure avoidance, or disclosure risk mitigation

  3. Implications of the Foundations for Evidenced-Based Policymaking Act of 2018, including approaches to interagency data sharing and encouraging program evaluators and analysts to use statistical data in their evidence building 

  4. Advances in survey and statistical methodology on a variety of cross-cutting issues of importance to the Federal Statistical System such as:

  • Survey design and data collection

  • Estimation and analysis methods 

  • Measurement issues 

  • Geospatial statistics

  • Economic measurement concepts, techniques

  • Statistical literacy and communication of results

  • Use of multiple data sources, including linkage and coverage 

Policy Submissions: Abstracts should discuss a topic or issue outlined above from the authors’ or agencies’ perspective.  Submissions can discuss the implications and impacts of the Evidence Act observed thus far, and may raise questions or issues without having a definitive answer. 

Research Submissions: Abstracts should present research studies and findings related to the topics outlined above. Submissions should not simply describe a data collection program or be highly specialized. 

Organized Session SubmissionsAdditionally, we welcome submissions for organized sessions. For more information on submitting an organized session, visit our Submit Sessions page.