Chris Williamson

Chris Williamson is Principal Planner for the City of Oxnard, California with responsibility for the 2030 General Plan, Housing Element, Local Coastal Plan, Climate Action Plan, and Energy Planning. He teaches population studies, climate change, environmental impact analysis, and land use management at Cal State University Channel Islands and was previously an Adjunct Associate Professor of Planning and GIS at the University of Southern California. In the 1980’s, he worked at the Census Bureau as a geographer and survey statistician. Chris holds a PhD in Planning and Policy Analysis from the University of Southern California, a Masters in Planning from the University of Virginia, a BS in Geography from The Pennsylvania State University, and was a Fulbright Scholar on German population issues.

Courses taught by Chris Williamson

Working with 1: Background and Geography

This first of four courses on the Census -- Background and Geography -- will prime you to understand how the Census works, where the data comes from, as well as vital terminology and data sets you should be familiar with in the built environment.

77 Mins

Working with 2: Topics, Programs, Products

This second of four courses delves deeper into the Census 'architecture'. In course 2 of "Working with", Dr. Chris Williamson, a.k.a. Dr. Data, provides an overview on the federally mandated topics that lead to programs which ultimately produce products for the public. Course 2 also delves into such tricky topics as Census data table analysis and gives insider tips and goodies from a Census Bureau veteran.

75 Mins

Working with 3: Interacting with the Data

This third of four courses takes you into a series of live demonstrations and in-depth explanations and visuals from the and American FactFiner websites. The course covers a comprehensive navigation of the pages, tools and interactive databases that form the expansive Census website and publicly accessible data stores and produced information.

65 Mins

Working with 4: Quality, Interpreting and Examples

Chris Williamson, A.K.A. "Dr. Data" completes the final episode in this four course series on the 'architecture' and 'analysis' of the Census Bureau and its many products. In course 4 students will go through a brief introduction to margin of error and a range of error and data quality analysis. Along with some examples and case studies, this course takes us into Dr. Data's own Ventura County, California for a look at some of the more challenging sampling and non-sampling errors many planners and demographers must wrestle with.

64 Mins