Summit-Upjohn Report on MEP Program Shows Big Return to Federal Treasury

2/9/21 10:39 AM

Summit Consulting, LLC, and its teaming partner, the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, recently completed a study for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that estimated the national economic impacts of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program for the 2020 fiscal year (FY2020).

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Topics: Summit Blog, NIST

Using R for Data Visualizations: St. Patrick's Day Edition

3/16/15 10:56 AM

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We continue our holiday blog series with a statistical graph of a shamrock that was made in R using the ggplot2 package. ggplot2 is a useful tool in data visualization.

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Topics: data analytics, R

NPR Article Highlights MSHA Enforcement Efforts

1/19/15 11:51 AM

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is a Federal Government agency that administers the provisions of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and enforces compliance with safety and health standards as a means to prevent safety accidents and health hazards in the nation’s mines. MSHA inspects mines for safety and health violations and assigns the mine operators or contractors a penalty for each violation. MSHA successfully collects about 90% of the penalties and is committed to using the enforcement tools at its disposal to continue to increase safety and health outcomes in the mining industry. Some operators, however, fail to pay their fines, accruing large amounts of debt.

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What is Meta-Analysis?

11/24/14 11:21 AM

The beginning of the research and evaluation process can be daunting.

You know the topic or the question you are trying to answer, but maybe little else. You might begin by Googling your question. A Google search of “How effective are labor market policies?” produced about 5.4 million results. So, you might conduct a formal literature review and narrow your search to previous research studies.

Done correctly, a literature review provides context. It reveals what others have done to puzzle through similar questions or challenges. Done incorrectly, a literature review can confirm preconceived beliefs or give high and low quality studies equal weight.

When beginning the process, you may want to search for or conduct a meta-analysis: a special class of literature review that quantitatively synthesizes the results of many studies.

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Topics: data analytics

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