Carolina Franco is a principal statistician at NORC at the University of Chicago, specializing in small area estimation. She conducts research and consulting on the modeling of survey data and related topics.
Carolina Franco has over 10 years of experience working with survey data and is an expert in small area estimation. Among other contributions to official statistics, she led the model development for the Voting Rights Act Section 203, 2021 determinations. The resulting estimates are used to enforce which parts of the United States are legally mandated to provide voting materials in other languages for various Language Minority Groups. She has also worked extensively with the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) Program among various other applications. Franco has published several peer-reviewed papers and has delivered over 30 invited talks related to survey statistics in international conferences, universities, private companies and federal agencies. These included widely attended webinars held by the United Nations and by the American Statistical Association’s Committee on International Relations in Statistics and Statistics Without Borders. Her latest webinar on small area estimation was featured in the July 2022 issue of Amstat News, and two of her webinars are included as training materials in the United Nation's SAE toolkit. She has taught small area estimation at the graduate level for the Joint Program of Survey Methodology, University of Maryland, and mentored many of her junior colleagues.
Franco is currently serving on the Scientific Advisory Board of the 2023 Small Area Estimation Meeting in Lima, Peru. In 2022, she served in the Program Committee for the 2022 conference in College Park, Maryland. She is Associate Editor for the Journal of the Royal Statistical Association—Series A (2020-2023), and a Guest Editor for a special issue on small area estimation of the Calcutta Statistical Association Bulletin (2022-2023). She is also in the selection committee for the Morris Hansen Lecture (2022-2024). In the past, she has also been chair of the Gertrude Cox Scholarship Selection Committee (2020), among other roles.