SULAIR staff are invited to attend a Census Data Training Workshop with Linda Clark, Data Dissemination Specialist at the US Census Bureau, Los Angeles Region.
- When: Wednesday May 16, 2012, 9am - 12+
- Where: Green Library Information Center Classroom
- Please RSVP. Light refreshments and coffee will be served.
- Questions? Contact James Jacobs [jrjacobs AT stanford DOT edu]
This is actually TWO workshops in One! The first hour will be an introduction to the Census Bureau’s world of demographic data. The Second part will be an advanced hands-on training session on American Factfinder 2 (AFF2). All attendees are welcome to attend one or both sessions.
Accessing the Census Bureau’s Demographic Data: An Introduction
This workshop will introduce data users to the three largest demographic programs of the Census Bureau – the Decennial Census, the American Community Survey, and the Population Estimates Program – with an emphasis on the practical differences between using data from a census (100% count) and data from a survey (estimates derived from a sample and their margins of error). A demonstration of the Census Bureau’s online data access tool, the American FactFinder, will include DIY (hands-on) exercises designed to help novice data users mine these rich sources of demographic data.
This session will segue into a presentation by special guest Vijoy Abraham from the Stanford Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS) about the California Census Research Data Center (CCRDC).
Demystifying the New American FactFinder (AFF2) and the American Community Survey (ACS)
This workshop will feature DIY (hands-on) exercises designed to highlight the features and functionality of the newly-designed data access tool, American FactFinder 2 (AFF2). Participants will also learn about resources available to the non-statistician that are helpful in exploring and using the ACS effectively and accurately:
- Comparing ACS estimates
- When to use 1-year, 3-year, and 5-year ACS estimates
- Aggregating geographies and using a tool for recalculating margins of error
The workshop will include tips on downloading datasets and working with the PUMS (Public Use Microdata Sample) data.