Introduction to the Federal Statistical System and to the Survey Research Profession

Fall 2018



Degree seeking student in JPSM.


The first of a two course sequence, this course reviews the U.S. statistical system and its goals. The federal statistical agencies are described, and their primary missions and data collections (both surveys and administrative records) are examined. The effects of the decentralized system are considered. The statistical systems of other countries are compared with the U.S. system. Organizational and budgetary aspects are presented. Statistical techniques and terms common to the U.S. Federal Statistical System are introduced.