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Susan Strate re-elected to Census Bureau partnership committee

Susan Strate, Population Estimates Program Manager for the UMass Donahue Institute’s Economic and Public Policy Research unit, has been re-elected to the Federal-State Cooperative for Population Estimates (FSCPE) Steering Committee. Winning one of four open seats on the seven-person committee, she will serve a second two-year term, which begins in the fall of 2014.

The FSCPE promotes cooperation between the states and the U.S. Census Bureau; prepares a set of consistent, jointly-prepared county and sub-county estimates with complete state coverage; assures the highest quality estimates through the use of established methods, comprehensive data review and thorough testing; reduces duplication in the production of population estimates and improves communication among the groups compiling population figures;  improves  and advances techniques and methodologies and encourages joint research efforts; and enhances the recognition of local demographic work.

Susan will be advocating for Massachusetts and other states on program guidelines and the methods that best incorporate states’ local knowledge and expertise into official Census estimates and other review opportunities.

“To date this has been a very rewarding experience, providing me with great opportunities for more in-depth discussion and relationship-building with Census Bureau staff, as well as national colleagues,” she said. “It’s also enabled me to be a stronger voice at the table for Massachusetts in areas of estimates research, methods, and other program regulations that can affect counts and estimates for the Commonwealth.”

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