Policy & Research


New Curriculum: U.S. Census Bureau PUMS Data Training

KHI staff offer curriculum on Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) dataset


New Curriculum: U.S. Census Bureau PUMS Data Training

KHI staff have developed a new curriculum to educate students on the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) dataset called the Public Use Microdata Sample, or PUMS.

Public health officials, nonprofits, grant seekers and other students will learn how to work with the PUMS data, identify research questions that can be answered by PUMS, and discuss opportunities for using these data in their work.

  1. Working with the PUMS dataset:
    – Types of tables that can be created
    – Importing and exporting data (e.g., SAS, Excel, DATAFERRETT)
    – Types and level of skills required
    – Strengths, limitations and reliability of PUMS
  2. Understand how PUMS compares to other similar data sets:
    – Areas of overlap
    – Unique aspects

If you have a group interested in participating in this curriculum or if you would like to hear about the program from prior participants, please contact Kari Bruffett for more information. 

The full curriculum is available in full or by topic section.

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The Kansas Health Institute (KHI) delivers objective information, conducts credible research, and supports civil dialogue enabling policy leaders to make informed health policy decisions that enhance their effectiveness as champions for a healthier Kansas. Established in 1995 with a multiyear grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, KHI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization based in Topeka.