There are less than 2 months until our Annual Conference and the timeliness of our topics, sessions and keynote speakers could not be any more on target! The Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking is convening their first meeting on July 22. The bipartisan Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act of 2016 (P.L. 114-140) jointly sponsored by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and signed by President Barack Obama on March 30, 2016 is a dream come true for the Public Data User community. The announcement of the Commission’s first public meeting states they are “charged with examining aspects of how to increase the availability and use of data in order to build evidence about government programs, while protecting privacy and confidentiality.”
Katherine Wallman, Chief Statistician, United States Office of Management and Budget, is our Keynote speaker on Day 1 of the APDU Conference, September 13, and will use our conference theme “Using Public Data to Inform Better Decision Making” to provide insights into the work of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking and their impact on the use of public data for the broader user community.
Be certain to register for the APDU Annual Conference and learn from those who are shaping our nation’s statistical policies to address critical areas of decision making.
-Warren A. Brown, President of APDU