Summit's Partnership with the Joint Program in Survey Methodology

5/20/15 10:00 AM

Last week, Summit's friends at the University of Maryland's Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM) redesigned their website, which serves as an essential resource for those interested in studying survey methods. We have worked with JPSM and their experts for many years. Here, we discuss our multi-faceted partnership with JPSM in order to help further highlight their important work in the academic community and D.C. region.

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Data Visualization Tells Stories, Not Just Numbers

5/13/15 10:30 AM

Earlier this year, we posted a fun example of using statistical graphs to create a valentine for your data-loving sweetheart. While it was a nice way to celebrate the holiday, we at Summit know that good data visualization is important every day of the year. Sometimes, the results of our analyses are most useful when we're able to show a picture of how data change over time or how it may be influenced by different factors. The author of that Valentine's Day blog post, David Kretch, recently shared some best practices for data visualization as part of PEAKS. His presentation, embedded below, shows just how useful graphs and plots can be when analysts pay attention to details while keeping it simple.

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Summit Celebrates National Bike Month and Bike to Work Day

5/11/15 1:15 PM

Summit staff members exercise a lot of brain power during the week, but we also enjoy getting active outside in the fresh air. As we've previously highlighted, many of us get this fresh air on two wheels as we ride bikes through DC's streets. Because of the warmer weather and it being National Bike Month, May is a particularly exciting time for Summit's cyclists.

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How to Access Your Capital Bikeshare Usage Data

4/20/15 3:58 PM

Spring is here! There's no better way to take in Washington, DC's sights this time of year, such as our famous cherry blossoms, than on a bike. Summit staff are also back to using a favorite employee benefit: Capital Bikeshare. Last year, we reported some data on our usage as a company, but this time we wanted to showcase the activity data an individual member can download easily from their account dashboard.

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DC Area Undergrads Launch Successful 2015 ASA DataFest

4/13/15 12:08 PM

This weekend, undergraduates from universities in the Washington D.C. metro area took part in the first ever ASA DataFest hosted in the nation's capital. The event was hosted at Summit's office in coordination with the University of Maryland's Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM), and also sponsored by the generous folks at the American Institutes for Research, Mathematica, Washington Statistical Society, and the DC chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR).

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ASA DataFest Comes to DC

3/11/15 3:41 PM


When we think of competitions, we often think of physical strength. The Olympics, the Tour de France, etc. These require years of practice to hone a specific skill (or we might call it talent, for some of the top performers). Intellectual challenges, of course, require the same discipline and practice. But can they be fun, especially for those still learning?

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DOL Blog: "Veterans, Repeat After Me: Get to an American Job Center"

2/16/15 10:24 AM

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) published a Summit report last week detailing our research on the outcomes of government-sponsored support for veterans seeking employment. Also last week, Terry Gerton of the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) blogged about the results and emphatically said, "a little more loudly and a little more firmly: 'Veterans: Call your American Job Center (AJC). TODAY.'"

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Endogeneity & Exogeneity: Dr. Shane Thompson Kicks Off PEAKS in 2015

2/9/15 9:00 AM

To kickoff Summit’s 2015 Professional Education and Knowledge Seminars (PEAKS) series, Dr. Shane Thompson presented on exogeneity and endogeneity, two core concepts of statistical analysis and experimentation.

In order to achieve unbiased results in analysis, statisticians must be mindful of the relationship between independent variables and the outcomes of interest. If the independent variable of interest is chosen or assigned relative to how it will affect the outcome of interest, it is endogenous. Conversely, an independent variable is exogenous when it is assigned randomly (or quasi-randomly).

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Building Summit: Week 22 - Video Tour & Final Photos of New Office

1/28/15 3:12 PM

For the past six months, we've chronicled our move to 601 New Jersey Ave, NW. We've discussed why we're moving, how we chose the space, and even shared our experiences settling on some details of the new office (like furniture and coffee). The time has come, and we're finally moving to our new home!

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Building Summit: Week 21 - Albert Lee on Summit's Past & Future

1/14/15 1:00 PM

As we prepare to move to the new office space, we wanted to share thoughts from our leaders about the experiences and change that brought Summit to where it is today. In this week’s Building Summit, Dr. Albert Lee, Summit’s Founding Principal and Lead Economist, discusses the challenges of starting a business and building a team, as well as what he’s looking forward to most about the new space.

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