22nd Annual NM Data Users Conference (2020)

November 16-20.

This year we held the conference virtually due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 restrictions. Thank You to all the attendees and presenters!

Each of the sessions was an individual webinars that were about 1 hour and 15 minutes long. The sessions were held throughout the week. Some of the sessions were on UNM Zoom while others were hosted on the Census Bureau's WebEx platform. 

The individual recording of the sessions are posted to BBER's YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxij5K50zix6PznCtS4pvng . We are still working on processing some of the recordings. The recordings and other materials are linked to or posted below. 



  • Nov. 16 Morning Session (10:30 - 11:45 a.m.) 
    The New Mexico Economy: Recent History and Outlook
    Michael O'Donnell, UNM Bureau of Business and Economic Research 
    • This session provided a recap of the New Mexico economy along with an economic outlook for the next few years. Zoom.
    • Recording,
    • Chat from Zoom
    •  Michael's PowerPoint
  • Nov. 16 Afternoon Session (1:30 - 2:45 p.m.)
    New Mexico Census 2020 Response and NM Population Estimates
    Robert Rhatigan, UNM Geospatial Population Studies; Jacqueline A. Miller, UNM Geospatial Population Studies
    • The UNM GPS Department has been working with various 2020 Census programs and  supplied an update as we head into the next phase. The UNM GPS Department also shared the annual population estimates and tri-annual population projections it produces for the state of NM.  Zoom.
    • Recording
    • Robert's PowerPoint
    • Jacqueline's PowerPoint 
  • Nov. 16 Late Afternoon (3:30 to 4:30 p.m.)
    Tribal Area Data Access: Advanced Census Data
    Susana Privett,Data Dissemination Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau
    • This was a live demonstration using Data.Census.gov on finding Tribal Area data. Aimed at building skills in locating non-typical geographies and understanding the data programs that produce the tabulations for them. Zoom. 
    • Recording
    • Susana's outline,
    • Suzan's Tip on selecting All Tribal Areas in New Mexico
  • Nov. 17 Morning Session (10:30 to 11:45 a.m.)
    Economic Census Data & Tools for Businesses
    Andy Hait, Economic Census, US Census Bureau 
    • This presentation provided a summary of the business data available from the Census Bureau. It will also provided an update on the 2017 Economic Census data releases and an interactive dive into the latest Census tools to access these business data. Via WebEx.
    • Recording
    • Andy's PowerPoint
  • Nov. 17 Afternoon Session (1:30 to 2:45 p.m.)
    Census Data Basics:  How to find data
    Susana Privett, Data Dissemination Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau 
    • This was a live demonstration on finding data from different programs on the U.S. Census Bureau website. If you are new to using Census data or need a refresher, this is the session for you. Zoom.
    • Recording
  • Nov. 18 Morning Session (10:30 to 11:45 a.m.)
    2020 Census Geography: What’s Changed and What’s Stayed the Same 
    Mike Ratcliff, Geography Bureau, U.S. Census Bureau
    • Have you wondered how many census tracts there will be for the 2020 Census? How many of other kinds of geographic areas? And, what about changes to geographic area concepts and criteria? In this presentation, we’ll look at the variety of changes that have occurred (or not occurred), changes that will be proposed (for instance, to urban area criteria), and what to expect when 2020 census geographic areas are released for New Mexico and the nation as a whole. WebEx.
    • Mike's PowerPoint
  • Nov. 18 Afternoon Session (1:30 to 2:45 p.m.)
    Local Employment Dynamics 
    Earlene Dowell, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau 
    • The Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership provides data about jobs, location, industry, and more. The Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) Program produces many workforce data sets including the Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes (PSEO), which is available at https://lehd.ces.census.gov/. Microdata is a set of individual responses to the American Community Survey that have been anonymized. Why should microdata matter to you? Because it can be used to create custom tables about population and households in combinations that are not found in data.census.gov pre-compiled tables.  WebEx.
    • Chat
    • Earlene's PowerPoint
  • Nov. 19 Morning Session (10:30 to 11:45 a.m.)
    Microdata Analysis (MDAT) on data.census.gov 
    KaNin Reese, Dissemination Outreach Branch, U.S. Census Bureau 
    • Microdata is a set of individual responses to the American Community Survey that have been anonymized. Why should microdata matter to you? Because it can be used to create custom tables about population and households in combinations that are not found in data.census.gov pre-compiled tables. Researches will find this most useful!   WebEx.
    • Chat
    • KaNin's PowerPoint
  • Nov. 19 Afternoon Session (1:30 to 2:45 p.m.)
    Differential Privacy: Updates on Disclosure Avoidance and How It Will Effect 2020 Census Data
    Michael B Hawes, Senior Advisor for Data Access and Privacy, U.S. Census Bureau 
    • Facing the growing threat of re-identification of Census respondences, Differential Privacy is being developed. This session explains what it is, what it isn't, and how the methodoloy has progressed for 2020 Decennial Census. Aimed at a non-technical audience.  WebEx.
    • Chat
    • Michael's PowerPoint
  • Nov. 20 Morning Session (10:30 to 11:45 a.m.)
    New Mexico Health Data:  IBIS 
    Lois Haggard, Community Epidemiology, New Mexico Department of Health 
    • New Mexico’s Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health (NM-IBIS) provides public access to health data, including birth and death data, health surveys, infectious diseases, and more. User-friendly web reports provide information on over 100 public health topics, including teen births, alcohol- and drug-related deaths, diabetes prevalence, physical activity, obesity and smoking. Learn what is available and how to use this important resource to get health information for the state, counties and communities. Zoom
    • Lois's PowerPoint
  • Nov. 20 Afternoon Session (1:30 to 2:45 p.m.)
    2020 Census Debrief: NM State Data Center Affiliates Meeting 
    Ryan Eustice, New Mexico Economic Development Department; Suzan Reagan, UNM Bureau of Business and Economic Research 
    • This session is aimed at the NM State Data Center Affiliates. However, all are welcome to attend and provide your view on how the 2020 Census self-response occurred in NM. We will review the Census 2020 operational plan and the different programs that happened throughout the decade leading up to the field operations this year. Our goal to have a plan to meet these Census programs head on for the 2030 Census. Zoom.

  • Nov. 20 Late Afternoon (3:30 to 4:30 p.m.)
    Data Networking 
    Suzan ReaganUNM Bureau of Business and Economic Research
    • The NM Data Users Conference has always been about networking around NM Data. This session is an opportunity to meet the data user next door. Be prepared to discuss your experiences in working during COVID-19 and what data series you are using to track COVID-19 concerns. Zoom.