Journal of Official Statistics, Vol.24, No.1, 2008. pp. 1–11
The Morris Hansen Lecture 2004 Bridging the Gap: Moving to the 1997 Standards for Collecting Data on Race and Ethnicity
Jennifer H. Madans
Abstract:The publication in 1997 by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of revised
standards for the collection of data on race and ethnicity affected the statistical system’s
ability to maintain long-term trend statistics. The need for a mechanism to bridge between
the 1977 and 1997 standards was also important for the calculation of rates where different
standards were used in the data collection systems supplying the numerator and denominator
data as was the case for vital rates at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). In
order to calculate valid race-specific rates, a bridging mechanism was developed that
modified the population estimates using models that characterize the relationship between
race reporting under the new and the old standard. Staff from throughout NCHS was
involved in this project and it is their work that is reported in this article.
Keywords:OMB standards; population estimates.
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