Program and contributions

The organizers of the 2016 International Methodology Symposium would like to thank the presenters who submitted a paper, agreed to have their presentation slides published or provided a link to an external paper.

The contributions below (see links) include submitted conference papers, conference presentations or external papers.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

8:00 – 17:00
Registration – Third floor

8:45 – 9:00
Opening remarks
Sylvie Michaud, Assistant Chief Statistician, Statistics Canada

9:00 – 10:00
Session 1 – Keynote address

  • Methodological Issues and Challenges in the Production of Official Statistics
    Danny Pfeffermann, Government Statistician of Israel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute, United Kingdom
    • Contribution

10:30 – 12:00
Session 2A – Big Data in Official Statistics

  • Methodological Challenges in Official Statistics
    Kees Zeelenberg, Statistics Netherlands, Netherlands
    • Contribution (PDF, 472.9 KB) Archived
  • Profiling of Twitter data: a Big Data selectivity study
    Joep Burger, Quan Le, Olav ten Bosch and Piet Daas, Statistics Netherlands, Netherlands
    • Contribution
  • The Alternative Data Solution – Experience of the Producer Prices Division
    Gaétan Garneau and Mary Beth Garneau, Statistics Canada
    • Contribution (PDF, 424.22 KB) Archived

10:30 – 12:00
Session 2B – Applications Related to Growth in Statistical Information

  • Challenges and results in using Audit trail data to monitor Labour Force Survey data quality
    Justin Francis and Yves Lafortune, Statistics Canada
    • Contribution (PDF, 724.48 KB) Archived
  • Statistics Canada's Household Survey Frames Programme – Strategic Research Enabling a shift to increased use of Admin Data as Input to the Social statistics program
    Tim Werschler, Edward Chen, Kim Charland and Crystal Sewards, Statistics Canada
    • Contribution (PDF, 534.99 KB) Archived
  • Road Congestion Measures Using Instantaneous Information from the Canadian Vehicle Use Study (CVUS)
    Émile Allie, Transport Canada, Canada
    • Contribution (PDF, 402.29 KB) Archived
  • The Data Warehouse and analytical tools to facilitate the integration of the Canadian Macroeconomic Accounts
    Alistair Macfarlane and Jordan-Daniel Sabourin, Statistics Canada
    • Contribution (PDF, 197.23 KB) Archived

13:30 – 15:00
Session 3A –  Total Survey Error

  • Using Administrative Records to Evaluate Survey Data
    Mary H. Mulry, Elizabeth M. Nichols and Jennifer Hunter Childs, U.S. Census Bureau, USA
    • Contribution (PDF, 456.73 KB) Archived
  • An Evaluation of Panel Nonresponse and Linkage Consent Bias in a Survey of Employees in Germany 
    Joseph Sakshaug, University of Manchester, United Kingdom and Martina Huber, Institute for Employment Research, United Kingdom
    • Contribution
  • Big Data: A Survey Research Perspective
    Reg Baker, Marketing Research Institute International, USA
    • Contribution (PDF, 313.05 KB) Archived

13:30 – 15:00
Session 3B – Alternative Data Sources to Replace or Complement Survey Data

  • A Case Study in Administrative Data Informing Policy Development
    Yves Gingras, Tony Haddad, Stéphanie Roberge, Georges Awad and Andy Handouyahia, Employment and Social Development Canada, Canada
    • Contribution (PDF, 281.62 KB) Archived
  • Towards an integrated census – administrative data approach to item-level imputation for the 2021 UK Census
    Steven Rogers and Fern Leather, Office for National Statistics, United Kingdom
    • Contribution (PDF, 278.66 KB) Archived
  • Comparing Survey Data to Administrative Sources: Immigration, Labour, and Demographic data from the Longitudinal and International Study of Adults
    James Hemeon, Statistics Canada
    • Contribution (PDF, 215.51 KB) Archived
  • Student Pathways and Graduate Outcomes
    Aimé Ntwari, Éric Fecteau, Rubab Arim, Christine Hinchley and Sylvie Gauthier, Statistics Canada
    • Contribution (PDF, 459.1 KB) Archived
  • Estimating the effects related to the timing of participation in employment assistance services using rich administrative data
    Stéphanie Roberge, Andy Handouyahia, Tony Haddad, Georges Awad and Yves Gingras, Employment and Social Development Canada, Canada
    • Contribution (PDF, 341.44 KB) Archived

15:30 – 17:00
Session 4A – Open Data

  • An International Overview of Open Data Experiences
    Timothy Herzog, World Bank, USA
    • Contribution (PDF, 1.24 MB) Archived
  • Statistics Canada and Open Data
    Bill Joyce, Statistics Canada
    • Contribution (PDF, 149.99 KB) Archived
  • Exploring Canada's Open Government Portal
    Ashley Casovan, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Canada
    • Contribution (PDF, 1.26 MB) Archived

15:30 – 17:00
Session 4B – Quality of Administrative Data

  • Assimilation and Coverage of the Foreign-Born Population in Administrative Records
    Renuka Bhaskar, Leticia Fernandez and Sonya Rastogi, U.S. Census Bureau, USA
    • Contribution (PDF, 1.65 MB) Archived
  • When Race and Hispanic Origin Reporting are Discrepant Across Administrative Records Sources: Exploring Methods to Assign Responses
    Sharon R. Ennis, Sonya Rastogi and James Noon, U.S. Census Bureau, USA
    • Contribution (PDF, 634.89 KB) Archived
  • The challenges of linking and using administrative data from different sources
    Philippe Gamache, Institut national de santé publique du Québec, Canada
    • Contribution (PDF, 329.35 KB) Archived
  • Using data linkage to evaluate the consistency of place of residence between census data and tax data
    Julien Bérard-Chagnon and Georgina House, Statistics Canada
    • Contribution (PDF, 133 KB) Archived
  • Estimating internal migration: Issues related to using tax data
    Guylaine Dubreuil and Georgina House, Statistics Canada
    • Contribution (PDF, 372.67 KB) Archived

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

8:00 – 17:00
Registration – Third floor

8:45 – 9:45
Session 5 – Waksberg Award Winner Address

  • Towards a Quality Framework for Blends of Designed and Organic Data
    Robert Groves, Georgetown University, USA
    • Contribution (PDF, 1.65 MB) Archived

9:45 – 10:00
Speed Advertisement for Posters and Software Demonstration

10:30 – 12:00
Session 6A – New Advancements in Record Linkage

  • Statistical Modeling for Errors in Record Linkage Applied to SEER Cancer Registry Data
    Michael D. Larsen, The George Washington University, USA
    • Contribution (PDF, 659.73 KB) Archived
  • Sampling Procedures for Assessing Accuracy of Record Linkage
    Paul Smith, University of Southampton, United Kingdom; Shelley Gammon, Sarah Cummins, Christos Chatzoglou and Dick Heasman, Office for National Statistics, United Kingdom
    • Contribution (PDF, 116.84 KB) Archived
  • Bayesian Estimation of Bipartite Matchings for Record Linkage
    Mauricio Sadinle, Duke University, USA
    • Contribution

10:30 – 12:00
Session 6B – Confidentiality

  • Finding a Needle in a Haystack: The Theoretical and Empirical Foundations of Assessing Disclosure Risk for Contextualized Microdata
    Kevin T. Leicht, University of Illinois, USA
    • Contribution (PDF, 235.15 KB) Archived
  • A Modern Job Submission Application to Access IAB’s Confidential Administrative and Survey Research Data
    Johanna Eberle, Jörg Heining, Dana Müller and David Schiller, Institute for Employment Research, Germany
    • Contribution (PDF, 161.94 KB) Archived
  • Enhancing data sharing via "safe designs"
    Kristine Witkowski, University of Michigan, USA
    • Contribution (PDF, 1.25 MB) Archived
  • Privacy and Security Aspects Related to the Use of Big Data – progress of work in the European Statistical System (ESS)
    Pascal Jacques, EUROSTAT, Luxembourg
    • Contribution (PDF, 862.46 KB) Archived
  • Practical Applications of Secure Computation for Disclosure Control
    Luk Arbuckle, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, Canada and Khaled El Emam, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, University of Ottawa, Canada
    • Contribution (PDF, 483.82 KB) Archived

13:30 – 15:00
Session 7A – Non-traditional Methods for Analysis of Survey Data

  • Empirical Likelihood Confidence Intervals for Finite Population Proportions
    Changbao Wu, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Hypotheses Testing from Categorical Survey Data Using Bootstrap Weights
    J. N. K. Rao, Carleton University, Canada and Jae Kwang Kim, Iowa State University, USA
    • Contribution (PDF, 301.87 KB) Archived
  • Better Adjusted Weights for Respondents in Skewed Populations
    Glen Meeden, University of Minnesota, USA
    • Contribution (PDF, 220.28 KB) Archived

13:30 – 15:00
Session 7B – Applications of record linkage and statistical matching

  • Record Linkage between the 2006 Census of the Population and the Canadian Mortality Database
    Mohan Kumar and Rose Evra, Statistics Canada
    • Contribution (PDF, 186.99 KB) Archived
  • Estimating the Impact of Active Labour Market Programs using Administrative Data and Matching Methods
    Andy Handouyahia, Tony Haddad, Stéphanie Roberge and Georges Awad, Employment and Social Development Canada, Canada
    • Contribution (PDF, 282.26 KB) Archived
  • An Overview of Business Record Linkage at Statistics Canada: How to link the "Unlinkable"
    Javier Oyarzun and Laura Wile, Statistics Canada
    • Contribution (PDF, 570.42 KB) Archived
  • Linking Canadian Patent Records from the U.S. Patent Office to Statistics Canada's Business Register, 2000 to 2011
    Paul Holness, Statistics Canada
    • Contribution (PDF, 893.56 KB) Archived
  • Measuring the Quality of a Probabilistic Linkage through Clerical-Reviews
    Abel Dasylva, Melanie Abeysundera, Blache Akpoué, Mohammed Haddou and Abdelnasser Saïdi, Statistics Canada
    • Contribution (PDF, 479.95 KB) Archived

15:30 – 17:00
Session 8A – Paradata

  • On the Utility of Paradata in Major National Surveys: Challenges and Benefits
    Brady West, University of Michigan, USA and Frauke Kreuter, University of Maryland, USA
    • Contribution (PDF, 590.35 KB) Archived
  • A Bayesian analysis of survey design parameters
    Barry Schouten, Joep Burger, Lisette Bruin and Nini Mushkudiani, Statistics Netherlands, Netherlands
    • Contribution (PDF, 1.04 MB) Archived
  • Statistics Canada's Experiences in Using Paradata to Manage Responsive Collection Design for Computer-Assisted Telephone Interview Household Surveys
    François Laflamme, Sylvain Hamel and Dominique Chabot-Hallé, Statistics Canada
    • Contribution (PDF, 509.81 KB) Archived

15:30 – 17:00
Session 8B – Use of Administrative Data

  • Redesign of the longitudinal immigration database (IMDB)
    Rose Evra, Statistics Canada
    • Contribution (PDF, 298.82 KB) Archived
  • Creating a longitudinal database based on linked administrative registers: An example
    Philippe Wanner, Université de Genève et NCCR On The Move, Switzerland and Ilka Steiner, Université de Genève, Switzerland
    • Contribution (PDF, 167.29 KB) Archived
  • Use of Administrative Data to Increase the Efficiency of the Sample Design for the New National Travel Survey
    Charles Choi, Statistics Canada
    • Contribution (PDF, 221.23 KB) Archived
  • Using Administrative Data to Study Education in Canada
    Martin Pantel, Statistics Canada
    • Contribution (PDF, 201.86 KB) Archived

Thursday, March 24, 2016

8:00 – 12:00
Registration – Third floor

8:45 – 10:15
Session 9A – Scanner Data

  • Challenges Associated with Using Scanner Data for the Consumer Price Index
    Catherine Deshaies-Moreault and Nelson Émond, Statistics Canada
    • Contribution (PDF, 475.07 KB) Archived
  • The QU-method: A new methodology for processing scanner data
    Antonio G. Chessa, Statistics Netherlands, Netherlands
    • Contribution (PDF, 421.01 KB) Archived
  • A look into the future
    Muhanad Sammar, Statistics Sweden, Sweden
    • Contribution (PDF, 397.68 KB) Archived

8:45 – 10:15
Session 9B – Health Data

  • Comparing Canada's Healthcare System: Benefits and Challenges
    Katerina Gapanenko, Grace Cheung, Deborah Schwartz and Mark McPherson, Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), Canada
    • Contribution (PDF, 2.55 MB) Archived
  • A Systematic Review: Evaluating Extant Data Sources for Potential Linkage
    Erin Tanenbaum, NORC at the University of Chicago, USA; Michael Sinclair, Mathematica Policy Research, USA; Jennifer Hasche, NORC at the University of Chicago, USA and Christina Park, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), USA
    • Contribution (PDF, 144.13 KB) Archived
  • Providing Meaningful and Actionable Health System Performance Information: CIHI's ‘Your Health System’ Tools
    Jeanie Lacroix and Kristine Cooper, Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), Canada
    • Contribution (PDF, 452.61 KB) Archived
  • Epidemiological observatory on Brazilian health data
    Raphael de Freitas Saldanha and Ronaldo Rocha Bastos, Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, Brazil
    • Contribution (PDF, 211.79 KB) Archived
  • Data surveillance on the clinical data used for health system funding in Ontario
    Lori Kirby and Maureen Kelly, Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), Canada
    • Contribution (PDF, 1.46 MB) Archived

10:45 – 11:45
Session 10 – Plenary Session

  • Data Science for Dynamic Data Systems: Implications for Official Statistics
    Mary E. Thompson, University of Waterloo, Canada
    • Contribution (PDF, 309.76 KB) Archived

11:45 – 12:00
Session 11 – Closing remarks
Claude Julien, Director General of the Methodology Branch, Statistics Canada

Poster session

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
10:00 – 10:30, 13:00 – 13:30, 15:00 – 15:30

  • Handling survey feedback in business statistics
    Jörgen Brewitz, Eva Elvers and Fredrik Jonsson, Statistics Sweden, Sweden
  • Measuring Data Quality of Price Indexes: the Producer Prices Division's Performance Measure Grading Scheme
    Kate Burnett-Isaacs, Statistics Canada
  • Creation and use of large synthetic data sets in 2021 Census Transformation Programme
    Cal Ghee, Rob Rendell, Orlaith Fraser, Steve Rogers, Fern Leather, Keith Spicer and Peter Youens, Office for National Statistics, United Kingdom

Software demonstration

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
10:00 – 10:30, 13:00 – 13:30, 15:00 – 15:30

  • The use of a SAS Grid at Statistics Canada
    Yves Deguire, Statistics Canada
  • SAS® High-Performance Forecasting Software at Statistics Canada
    Frédéric Picard, Statistics Canada
  • High Performance Analytics – How SAS can help you save time and make better decisions with modern analytics!
    Steve Holder, SAS Canada, Canada
  • Machine learning in the service of official statistics
    Valentin Todorov, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Austria
  • Common Statistical Production Architecture and "confidentiality-on-the-fly"
    Robert McLellan and Predrag Mizdrak, Statistics Canada