Ever wonder how many ice cream establishments were in the United States in 2017? Or the number of doctor’s offices in the state of Ohio?
The Census Bureau likely has the answers and, now, connecting directly with Census Bureau experts to learn how to find and use the data has become even easier through The 2018 Economic Programs Webinar Series.
“We are interested in piquing our data users' interests so that they will come to our site and dive deeper into our data.”
— Adam Grundy, section chief of the Data User Outreach and Education Branch
Each hour-long session teaches attendees how the information can be valuable to them. It also shows ways to use Census Bureau data through real-life experiences as well as how to compare different types of data.
“We are interested in piquing our data users' interests so that they will come to our site and dive deeper into our data,” said Adam Grundy, section chief of the Data User Outreach and Education Branch. “We also make it very clear that our team is here to help them with their everyday data needs and we value their input on improving future webinars.”
Hundreds have attended these webinars since the series began in March 2018 and their popularity continues as the Census Bureau conducts the 2017 Economic Census. No registration is required and attendees don’t have to be expert data users to keep up. Census Bureau experts use plain language to help their audiences understand key terminology.
For example, the health care webinar in March answered overarching questions such as, how has the health care sector been doing nationally? How does the health care sector compare to other sectors in the U.S. economy?
Data experts used the health care sector in the State of Washington as a case study. They explored how the growth in specific health care industries such as outpatient care centers in that state compared to other states.
“Throughout the course of this webinar series, we show data users how impactful Census Bureau data can be and why it would be incredibly useful to them or businesses,” Grundy said. “People can expect to learn about the different economic programs [and] data that we have associated with the topic.”
If you’re interested in learning more about the wide variety of economic data and resources you can receive from the Census Bureau, join the next webinar on August 2, 2018, at 2 p.m. EDT on professional/scientific data or check out the recaps of previous webinars.
Kimberley Glascoe is a public affairs specialist at the Census Bureau.
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