JPSM Celebrates 30th Anniversary
In November, the Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM) celebrated its 30th anniversary with a special event for faculty, alumni, and friends.
Founded in 1993 with partners from the University of Michigan and from Westat, JPSM is housed in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS) at the University of Maryland.
“It is no small matter to build an organization that is a collaboration of two educational institutions, one commercial organization, and faculty in several other locations, designed to serve 13 large statistical agencies but also dozens of other agencies with statistical functions–but JPSM has achieved just that,” said Professor and Director Partha Lahiri.
JPSM’s online graduate degree programs include a Master of Professional Studies and three certificate programs. In a collaborative effort with the UMD School of Information Sciences and BSOS, JPSM was instrumental in helping to build the Social Data Science Center (SoDa) that supports the research work of leading scholars who produce high impact data science and measurement research.
In addition, JPSM has co-launched a citation program with American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and an International Program in Survey Data Science, a web-based learning environment, that allows participants to take courses from anywhere in the world. Through its massive open online courses on Coursera, JPSM faculty have helped 100,000 students worldwide to learn about the field of survey methodology.
To date, JPSM has more than 270 graduates working in government agencies, academic settings, and private survey research firms.
Since its inception three decades ago, JPSM has increased the quality of technical staff in the Federal Statistical System and is enriching the field of survey statistics and methodology itself.
“Our faculty has historically been in the vanguard of research in survey methodology and strives to continue that leadership into the future,” Lahiri said.
Published on Tue, Nov 28, 2023 - 12:34PM