SKIP navigation
Center for Public Affairs Research

24th annual data users conference.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
CPACS building, UNO Dodge campus

Learn about the latest data products, methods of access, and applications at this information-filled conference. Attending in person is recommended, but sessions denoted by Available via webcast are available by webcast.

2013 Data User Conference

 

Schedule

Click on the session title to get a description and speaker information.

8:00 a.m.

Registration

8:30 a.m.

Welcome Available via webcast.

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Health, Health Insurance and Disability Statistics Available via webcast.

Census Overview: Basics, ACS, and Estimates

10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Census Data Product Update Available via webcast.

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Metro vs. Nonmetro Nebraska Available via webcast.

12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch with Facilitated Discussions

Rural vs. Urban Nebraska – Robert Blair, Ph.D., UNO School of Public Administration

Aging and Its Issues – Julie Masters, Ph.D., UNO Department of Gerontology

Crime and Its Impacts – Robert Meier, Ph.D., UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Using Data: Thinking Outside the Box - Ken Mayer, UNO College of Business

What can Census do for you? - Jerry O'Donnell, U.S. Census Bureau

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Tabulation Available via webcast.

Current Population Survey and its Special Products

American FactFinder Computer Training [25 person limit]

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Economic and Workforce Data and Web Applications Available via webcast.

Nebraska Population Projections to 2050 and Implications

Data Mapping Computer Training [25 person limit]

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

State and Local Population Trends Available via webcast.

LED Computer Training [25 person limit]

Session Descriptions

Click on a presenter name or picture to get a presenter bio. Links listed below descriptions are to websites relevant to the session topic.

Health, Health Insurance, and Disability Statistics Available via webcast.

Jennifer Cheeseman Day

Health topics and data will continue to receive attention as the population ages and health coverage laws change. This session will describe health statistics from several sources, with a timely focus on the first 5-year ACS data for all geographies on insurance and disabilities coming this fall. Jennifer Cheeseman Day, Ph.D., Assistant Division Chief for Employment Characteristics, U.S. Census Bureau

      Health Insurance: https://www.census.gov/hhes/www/hlthins/
      Small Area Health Insurance Estimates: http://www.census.gov/did/www/sahie/index.html
      Disabilities: https://www.census.gov/people/disability/

Census Overview: Basics, ACS, and Estimates

David Drozd

Unfamiliar with Census data? No problem—this session will bring you up to speed. Designed for beginners or as a refresher, we will show Census subject matter and concepts, large/small area geographies, types of data products, and the purposes and best uses of the decennial census, the American Community Survey (ACS), and Population Estimates Program. David Drozd, Research Coordinator, UNO Center for Public Affairs Research

      American Community Survey: http://www.census.gov/acs/www/
      Population Estimates Program: http://www.census.gov/popest/            

Census Data Product Update Available via webcast.

Jerry O'Donnell

The Census Bureau continuously releases items that are new, modified, and improved. Learn the latest regarding finalized 2010 Census products, 2012 Census of Governments and Economic Census, new ACS questions and summary tables, and the release schedule to gain access to the data you need. Jerry O'Donnell, Public Information Office, Denver Regional Census Center

Metro vs. Nonmetro Nebraska Available via webcast.

David Drozd

2013 definitions made Grand Island a metro area! Thus, it is a perfect time to compare Nebraska’s urban and rural areas. Our differences tend to be larger than other Plains states. See the specifics and discuss the topic more in our lunch forums. David Drozd, Research Coordinator, UNO Center for Public Affairs Research

The Equal Employment Opportunity Tabulation Available via webcast.

Jennifer Cheeseman Day

How do occupations vary in their age distribution, education level, range of earnings, or amount of diversity? Find out with the recently released EEO file, which has provided detailed data once a decade since 1970. Learn its best uses, with figures for worksites, residences, and commuter areas. Jennifer Cheeseman Day, Ph.D., Assistant Division Chief for Employment Characteristics, U.S. Census Bureau

      http://www.census.gov/people/eeotabulation/

Current Population Survey and its Special Products

Jerry Deichert

You might know the monthly CPS provides the national unemployment rate. It does much more though, providing figures on voting patterns, fertility/mother’s characteristics, internet use, educational attainment and much more. Learn all about the CPS and how to access its data that interests you! Jerry Deichert, Director, UNO Center for Public Affairs Research

      http://www.census.gov/cps/

American FactFinder Computer Training [hands-on training limited to 25 people]

Jerry O'Donnell

The Census Bureau’s online portal for accessing information continues to be upgraded after a major redesign. This session will teach you how to use the site for common and advanced tasks. Examples on health and disability data will be used as a follow-up to the 9:00 session on those topics. Jerry O'Donnell, Public Information Office, Denver Regional Census Center

      http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml

Economic/Workforce Data and Web Applications Available via webcast.

Jodie Meyer
Jerry Deichert

The economy and workforce have changed greatly the last 5 years. This session will detail data available from the Nebraska Department of Labor, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Bureau of Economic Analysis. See a demo of Local Employment Dynamics online software providing characteristics of workers and commuter flows. Jodie Meyer, Research Analyst, Nebraska Department of Labor and Jerry Deichert, Director, UNO Center for Public Affairs Research

      Local Employment Dynamics and On the Map: http://lehd.ces.census.gov/        
      Nebraska Workforce Development: http://www.dol.nebraska.gov/
      Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/
      Bureau of Economic Analysis: http://www.bea.gov/

Nebraska Population Projections to 2050 and Implications

Lourdes Gouveia

What population changes are expected this decade, and what will Nebraska be like in 40 years? CPAR has prepared projections to 2050 for the total population and key racial groups. Discussion will focus on baby-boomers, births/deaths, aging, and increasing diversity. Lourdes Gouveia, Director, UNO Office of Lation/Latin American Studies (OLLAS)

Data Mapping Computer Training [hands-on training limited to 25 people]

Melanie Kiper

Data are often best understood when seen as a graph or on a map. Learn to use free map-making websites for Census data or uploading your own figures. It is true that a picture is worth a thousand words—see how to map information, including on American FactFinder, an advanced use of the system beyond the 1:00 computer training on AFF. Melanie Kiper, Community Service Associate, UNO Center for Public Affairs Research

State and Local Population Trends Available via webcast.

David Drozd

The final session will present the latest population trends and quantify changes over time. See state, county and local data, as well as a special focus on income and poverty figures given recent economic changes. New census data, international and domestic migration, and state rankings will be highlighted. David Drozd, Research Coordinator, UNO Center for Public Affairs Research

LED Computer Training [advanced users only; hands-on training limited to 25 people]

Jodie Meyer

A follow-up to the 2:15 workforce data session, this hands-on training about Local Employment Dynamics teaches participants the steps for obtaining worker statistics (e.g. education, wages) and commuter flows. Practice on the web-based system and have your questions answered for use back at the office. Jodie Meyer, Research Analyst, Nebraska Department of Labor

      On the Map: http://onthemap.ces.census.gov/
      Quarterly Workforce Indicators: http://lehd.ces.census.gov/applications/qwi_online/

Presenter Bios

Jennifer Cheeseman Day Jennifer Cheeseman Day, Ph.D., assistant division chief for employment characteristics at the Census Bureau in Washington, DC. She oversees the bureau’s statistics on health and disability characteristics from several Census surveys. During her more than 20 years at the bureau Jennifer has authored numerous reports and papers, having also served as the chief of the education and social stratification branch and in the population projections branch. Jennifer is the expert on the recently released Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) tabulation and will lead a session on this detailed dataset as well as present a timely session on health, health insurance and disability statistics. We are very fortunate and excited to have her knowledge and expertise coming to Nebraska from Washington, DC.
Jerry Deichert Jerry Deichert is the director of the Center for Public Affairs Research at UNO. Jerry has been with CPAR for more than 20 years and organized the first data conference in 1990. Jerry is the expert in Nebraska data and trends and shares this information at conferences across the state. Jerry will present on economic and workforce data as well as the Current Population Survey.
David Drozd David Drozd has been a research coordinator with the Center for Public Affairs Research at UNO for 10 years. He is a specialist in data retrieval and analysis, and is often quoted in the media. David has worked with Nebraska population information and the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) data extensively, and will lead several sessions throughout the day.
Lourdes Gouveia Lourdes Gouveia, Ph.D., is the director of the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies at UNO. A professor of Sociology, she is also on the board of the International Network on Migration and Development and serves on the advisory board of the Migration Policy Institute. An authority on the topic of minority population growth, Lourdes will discuss increasing diversity in our session on Nebraska population projections to 2050.
Melanie Kiper Melanie Kiper has served CPAR as a community service associate for 24 years. She is the webmaster for 40 websites at UNO and directs the Certificate in Fundraising Management. Melanie maps data for display and will teach about data mapping websites.

Jodie Meyer Jodie Meyer is a research analyst with the Nebraska Department of Labor. A variety of projects are the spice of her work life, but her main focus is on projecting job counts by industry and occupation. In addition, she is the state’s analyst for the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) program. Jodie will present a general session on workforce data and lead a computer training on the LED web-based data portal.
Jerry O'Donnell Jerry O’Donnell is the public information officer at the Denver Regional Census Center. Jerry travels throughout the 12-state region speaking on a myriad of Census and other data-related topics. Jerry has been a data conference icon, presenting the main session in 20 of the past 22 years. See him one final time before his retirement this fall.