2022 Workshops

PAA is pleased to present the following workshops at PAA 2022.  These workshops were developed by PAA Members to help you further your skills and understanding on a variety of topics.  We are very grateful to these generous members for their time and expertise.

Half-day workshops are $100 and full-day workshops are $200.  These fees offset the cost of producing the workshops including audio-visual costs, food and beverage, and some lodging for the presenters.

If you would like to attend a workshop, please add it to your registration.

Tuesday, April 5 - Wednesday, April 6
Full Day (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM)

The Psychosocial Workshop is a two-day gathering of social science and public health researchers and related health professionals working on sexual and reproductive health issues, particularly those related to fertility, contraception, abortion and sexually transmitted diseases. The signature format of the workshop with its is a dynamic series of five-minute presentations, where each speaker discusses current work or new ideas, that allows for peer feedback and dialogue in a collegial environment. Always held in conjunction with the PAA Annual Meeting, this year the workshop will take place on April 5 and 6, 2022 at the Emory Nursing Learning Center or virtually online. The Emory Nursing Learning Center is located at 250 East Ponce de Leon Ave in Decatur, GA.

The start and end times for each day are 8:30am and 5:00pm.  Participants who attend in-person are also invited to the traditional Psychosocial Dinner, which will be hosted from 6:30-9:30 PM at the Wahoo Grill in Decatur, GA (dinner costs excluding alcohol are included in registration fees).

We offer a sliding scale registration fee based on virtual/in-person and professional/student. Virtual Professional: $50; Virtual Student: $20; In-person Professional: $130; In-person Student: $55.

The deadline to register for this workshop is March 5, 2022. See more and add to registration.

Wednesday, April 6
Full Day Workshop (8 AM - 5 PM)

Population dynamics are central to achieving sustainable development goals. It is critical to have scientific evidence from population studies underpin development policies and programs. But science application to development efforts at times faces a number of barriers that includes lack of quality, relevant research that meets the needs of decision-makers. In addition, studies have shown that in some cases, researchers lack capacity and expertise needed to expand scope and space for science in decision-making processes. However, there is a growing number of scientists from North and South that are applying conventional models in different contexts to successfully influence evidence use in development. The overall objective of the workshop is to foster dialogue and highlight requisite skills necessary to making population data accessible and relevant. The workshop will provide a platform for North-South exchange between population scientists on effective tools and approaches in engaging policymakers to influence decisions and policies. With the use of case studies, participants will learn of successful models that population scientists can use to support policymakers to use evidence effectively in order to achieve sustainable development goals in different contexts.

The workshop will contribute towards building a network of population scientists in different continents championing evidence use in different spaces and platforms. We hope to initiate long lasting collaborations to build synergies and document lessons on the different models that work in having evidence from population studies inform development policies.

The workshop is based on a research communication policy training program that PRB and AFIDEP have implemented over a period of four years. The organizers have combined years of experience working to bridge the gap between evidence and policy. They have also facilitated numerous workshops, trainings and mentored researchers to become champions in making science relevant for development.

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  • Dr. Rose Oronje, PhD, Director, Public Policy & Communications, AFIDEP
  • Bernard Onyango, PhD, Senior Research & Policy Analyst, AFIDEP
  • Angeline Yiamiton Siparo, Senior ESA Regional Advisor/Snr Country Director Kenya, Population Reference Bureau
  • Elizabeth Kahurani, Policy Engagement & Communications Manager, AFIDEP
  • Gaye Agesa, Senior Regional Communications Manager, Population Reference Bureau

Wednesday, April 6
Virtual Morning Workshop (8 AM - 9:30 AM)

In 2019, PMA introduced a new panel design to fill a data gap, collecting information from the same women and households over time. Panel surveys allow us to compare answers for the same individuals and populations over time, to identify trends and see what has changed- and why.  However, working with longitudinal data can be daunting.  In this workshop, PMA and IPUMS will show you how to navigate and analyze panel data and get already-linked wide or long-form longitudinal data from the IPUMS PMA website. Register now.

Wednesday, April 6
Morning Workshops (8 AM - Noon)

In this workshop, we discuss methods for drawing causal inferences when analyzing observational rather than experimental data. We present a variety of estimators for average treatment effects (ATEs) and average treatment effects on the treated (ATETs) and discuss when each estimator is useful. Throughout the workshop, we cover the conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of treatment effects and demonstrate the methods with many practical examples worked using Stata software.

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Presenter: Enrique Pinzon
Enrique is the Associate Director of Econometrics at StataCorp. He is on the statistical development team at StataCorp, teaches a variety of Stata courses, and is a frequent contributor to the Stata blog. Pinzon holds a master's degree in economics from the Universidad de los Andes and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Wednesday, April 6
Afternoon Workshops (1 PM - 5 PM)

The 2020 Census Data Product workshop will provide attendees an in-depth understanding of two major 2020 Census data products, the Demographic and Housing Characteristics File (DHC) and the Detailed Demographic and Housing Characteristics File (Detailed DHC). To mitigate the increased risk of identifying individuals in published statistics, the Census Bureau has been implementing a new disclosure avoidance methodology based on differential privacy while still meeting data user needs. During this workshop, attendees will learn how the implementation of differential privacy has impacted the design of 2020 Census data products and understand the privacy/accuracy trade-offs that were made along the way. The workshop will include an overview of the proposed 2020 Census data products, an examination of the processes that developed the DHC and Detailed DHC proposals, results from efforts to balance accuracy and privacy, and how data user comments have been used throughout this effort. Conference attendees with all levels of Census knowledge are encouraged to attend, bring a laptop to participate in activities (optional), and learn more about this important effort.


  • Alexandra Krause, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Jason Devine, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Matthew Spence, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Nicholas Jones, U.S. Census Bureau


Understanding data and effectively presenting results are challenges that applied quantitative researchers face most every day. There is seldom a more effective solution than a well thought out visualization. Problems in the data are easily identified; complex effects are quickly summarized; effect sizes and variability are immediately clear. In this workshop, we will cover best practices for accurately representing data as well as many specific approaches to data exploration, model diagnostics, and model presentation. The focus is on the applied analyst’s “bread and butter” types of visualizations: those I suspect will be useful in most every quantitative research project. Topics covered will range from exploratory data analysis techniques to methods for presenting complex model results. Template Stata code will be provided to workshop participants allowing participants to reproduce all workshop examples.

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Presenter: Trenton D. Mize, Assistant Professor of Sociology & Advanced Methodologies, Purdue University
In this workshop, we aim to introduce two types of big data, i.e., Google Trends and Twitter data. This workshop will be a great opportunity for the researchers in the study of migration but also demography in general to get familiar with two popular sources of data. We plan to begin the session by introducing the data format, related literature, empirical findings, advantages, and critical challenges of such data. We then plan to have more interactive sessions on how to retrieve these data and write and search inquiries.

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  • Jisu Kim, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research
  • Ebru Sanliturk, Max Plan Institute for Demographic Research
The US Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) is the world’s longest-running active household panel study. It is used in the fields of demography, economics, sociology, public health, and public policy to investigate individual and family socioeconomic status, health, and well-being in longitudinal and intergenerational contexts. This workshop familiarizes new and prospective users with the design, content, and applications of the main PSID interview and two youth-centered supplements: The Child Development Supplement (CDS) and Transition into Adulthood Supplement (TAS). One segment of the workshop will introduce the early release of newly available genomic data collected from CDS children aged 0-17 years and their primary caregivers. The workshop also provides a hands-on introduction to data access, key data files, and user education resources.

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  • Paula Fomby, Ph.D., Co-Investigator of PSID, Associate Director of the PSID Child Development Supplement, and Research Associate Professor, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan
  • Narayan Sastry, Ph.D., Associate Director of PSID, Director of the PSID Child Development Supplement and the PSID Transition into Adulthood Supplement, and Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan
  • Noura Insolera, Ph.D., Research Investigator & Education and Outreach Lead, PSID
The COVID-19 pandemic upended many aspects of our lives, including how we spend our time. Demographic and population science researchers are likely eager to use the ATUS to explore changes in daily behavior and interactions. However, data collection for the American Time Use Survey (ATUS), the most appropriate data source for measuring changes in time use in the United States, was interrupted by social distancing conditions related to the pandemic. This has created several challenges regarding data analysis. This workshop will provide 1) an introduction to the ATUS; 2) demonstrations of data access tools that streamline the research process; 3) an overview of data analysis challenges related to the Covid-19 pandemic; and 4) practice analyzing the 2020 ATUS. After the workshop, participants will be comfortable navigating IPUMS ATUS, a harmonized version of the original ATUS data, creating IPUMS customized data extracts, including creating custom variables that summarize different types of activities, using our online data analysis tool, and understanding data analysis challenges related to 2020 data.

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  • Liana C. Sayer, University of Maryland
  • Sarah M. Flood, University of Minnesota
Full Day
The Role of Population studies in development policies and programs: North to South Dialogue on models that work

Psychosocial Workshop 2022 (Two days)

AM Workshops
  • Causal Inference and Treatment Effects Using Stata
PM Workshops
  • 2020 Census Data Product Workshop
  • Data Visualization & Model Presentation in Stata
  • Introduction to Social Media and Big Data for Migration Studies
  • Panel Study of Income Dynamics Workshop for New and Prospective Users
  • Using ATUS 2020 Data to Investigate COVID-19 influences on Daily Behaviors and Interactions