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The Household Pulse Survey: Design and Uses

Jennifer Hunter Childs and Jason Fields
Friday, February 26, 2021
1:00pm Eastern Time

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About This Course:

The Household Pulse Survey: Design and Uses

The Household Pulse Survey represents an historic effort by the Census Bureau and our partner agencies to design, collect, and release data to help the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Conceived of and developed from March 23-April 23, 2020, so far three phases of data collection have been conducted and over 2 million responses were collected to provide rapid-response data to the public at the national, state, and large metro area levels. 

Phase 1 of the Household Pulse Survey (conducted from April through July of 2020) asked individuals about their experiences in terms of employment status, food security, housing, physical and mental health, access to health care, and educational disruption. For Phase 2 (conducted from August through October 2020), the survey carries over many of these questions to allow users to understand how these domains are changing as the pandemic continues, and includes additional questions on the application for and receipt of benefits, spending patterns, post-secondary education disruptions, transitions to telework, travel practices, and behavioral changes in response to the pandemic. About half-way through the fielding of Phase 3 (October 2020 through the present), in January 2021, the survey also began asking questions about receiving and intending to receive the vaccine against COVID-19.

The questionnaire is a result of collaboration between the U.S. Census Bureau and multiple federal agencies, including: USDA Economic Research Service (ERS), Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Social Security Administration (SSA), and Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).

This presentation will highlight methodological innovations behind the Household Pulse Survey and will demonstrate how to use the resulting experimental data for external research.

Learning objectives
  • The attendees will learn how to access and use Household Pulse Survey data for their own research purposes.
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About the Instructor(s):

Childs-headshot.pngJennifer Hunter Childs is the Assistant Center Chief of the Emerging Methods and Applications area of the Center for Behavioral Science Methods at the U.S. Census Bureau. Jenny has served the field of public opinion research on the American Association for Public Opinion Research’s Executive Council as the Chair of both the Membership and Chapter Relations Committee and the Communications Committee. She also served a term on the Council of the World Association for Public Opinion Research as the Co-Chair of the Publications Committee.  Jenny has a Master of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland College Park and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Shepherd College.

Aug2017_JFields2.jpgJason M. Fields, PhD, MPH – Jason is a demographer and the Senior Researcher for Demographic Programs and the Survey of Income and Program Participation, establishing scientific objectives based on the needs of the Census Bureau and the external SIPP user community; establishing survey objectives; determining SIPP questionnaire content; and engaging the data user community and other stakeholders to identify evolving needs for data. He has promoted the integration of administrative data into production survey processing, adaptive design, and implemented a proactive paradata evaluation, management and quality assurance program. Jason’s doctorate in Population Dynamics, and his Master of Public Health degree are from the Johns Hopkins University, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology is from Emory University.