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Webinars and Training

Webinars and Training

To facilitate Census data access, SANDAG staff offer workshops. To request a workshop, please complete this form and a SANDAG staff member will follow up with you to coordinate details. See below for additional information about past SANDAG workshops.

Census Academy
The Census Bureau has a free virtual hub for learning how to access and use their data. Census Academy Offers:

  • Data Gems - Short videos demonstrating tips and tricks for data users who are looking for an easy and quick way to enhance their knowledge of Census data.
  • Webinars - Upcoming free webinars that include the opportunity to interact with instructors.
  • Recorded Webinars – Previous training sessions available on a variety of topics.
  • How to Videos – Tutorials on how to access data, for example How to Access American Community Survey (ACS) Block Group Data
  • Training Resources – One page introductions to some of the topics, programs, and surveys at the Census Bureau.
  • Courses (Coming soon!) - Free on-line video trainings to learn availability and uses of data products and programs from the Census Bureau.

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Your Community by the Numbers: Introduction to
Presentation | Handout: Household Surveys | Handout: Measuring America | Handout: American Community Survey Data Tools | Handout: Selected Census Concepts
Learn how to use to access the most current and relevant demographic, socioeconomic, and housing statistics about your community from the American Community Survey (ACS). During this training, you will learn about the ACS and other Census Bureau programs, geographies, and datasets available. You will also learn how to use the search and navigation features in as well as how to download tables and create thematic maps.

Local Employment Dynamics
This workshop is designed for businesses, local planners and other data users who want to research local workforce and employment trends. The course content includes training on navigating the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) website and explores LED products including QWI Explorer, LED Extraction Tool, and OnTheMap. These tools allow data users to analyze employment, hiring, job creation and destruction, earnings and much more for workers by industry, as well as display employment and home locations of workers on a map. The workshop provides users with access to a wealth of time series data pertinent to understanding the local labor market, planning, and managing and thriving in a competitive business environment.

Economic Census Workshop
Presentation - Economic Programs Overview | Presentation - Economic Development | Presentation - Census Business Builder Demonstration | California Data with County Comparisons | CA Data for Cities & Census Designated Places | Factoids
This workshop covered the following three topics.

The 2012 Economic Census - An Update, and Important Changes for the San Diego Region: This portion of the presentation will provide an overview of the Census Bureau's economic data for the San Diego region, focusing on the largest economic program Census conducts, the Economic Census. An update on which reports have already been released (and which are coming soon) will be provided, with highlights of the important industry, geographic, and other changes that will impact data users. Attendees also will learn about the Census Bureau's website, a valuable resource for businesses, chambers of commerce, and economic development staff.

Using Census Bureau Demographic and Economic Data to Spur Economic Development: This section of the presentation will provide a deep, detailed dive into the data from selected monthly, quarterly, annual, and periodic economic programs conducted by the US Census Bureau that can be used by economic planners and development staff to promote economic growth in their areas. Special attention will be given to those programs that provide data on businesses in the San Diego region (including the Economic Census), but the session also will discuss the programs that can be used to compare the San Diego region to California and the nation as a whole.

Using Census Bureau Data in a Business Plan: Introducing Census Business Builder: While this portion of the presentation also provides a detailed dive into key Census Bureau demographic and economic data, this focus is on information useful for entrepreneurs and small business owners in business plans and loan application. Local area data for the San Diego region will be discussed that can help businesses better understand their customers and market as well as their competitors and industry. A brand new tool called Census Business Builder (released in September 2015) will be featured that makes it easy for users to access these key data, following a real-life scenario of an entrepreneur who's interested in opening their first business.

Census and ACS Microdata Workshop
Have you ever felt limited by the tables available through the Census Bureau’s American FactFinder tool? Do you want to analyze Census and American Community Survey data over time? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, this workshop is for you. Led by Katie Genadek from the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota, the following topics are covered.

• What is the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS)?
• What data are available via the IPUMS?
• How are the data documented and how can I utilize the interactive metadata?
• How can I select the data I am interested in and download it for analysis?
• How can I analyze the data without a statistical software package?

Census Transportation Planning Package (CTPP) Training
Data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau regarding demographic characteristics, home and work locations and journey to work travel flows are helpful for transportation policy and planning efforts. Special census products and data tabulations have been created in 1990, 2000, and 2006 for transportation: the Census Transportation Planning Products (CTPP) program. The following link provides training related to the use of the CTPP:

Project Manager

Darlanne Hoctor Mulmat, Senior Research Analyst
Phone: (619) 699-7326, Email:

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