After over a year of waiting, the Senate has confirmed William Beach as Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics for a term of four years. He replaces William Wiatrowski, who had been serving as Acting Commissioner since 2017.
The 2019 APDU Annual Conference is welcoming APDU members and friends to join with our theme of “Wide World of Data” by submitting a proposal for a presentation or panel related to public data. The conference, to be held in Arlington, VA in July 2019, brings together data users and data producers for conversations and presentations on a wide variety of data and statistical topics.
APDU is pleased to announce the results of the elections for our Board of Directors.
It is imperative that sophisticated data users respond to this FRN. As John Abowd’s blog makes clear, we can control the fitness-for-use of the 2020 Census data products, but the Census Bureau cannot give every use case the same margin-of-error (just as we currently cannot give every statistic from the ACS the same MOE).
This year, in mid-July, public data collectors and users across the country gathered in Arlington, Virginia to discuss the future of public data and its promise to inform public and private sector decisions. APDU Vice President and Conference Chair Kevin McAvey gives his thoughts in this blog post.
The Secretary of Agriculture announced on Thursday, August 9 that the Economic Research Service will undergo several significant changes in the coming year.
APDU wants to point out to our readers pending requests for comments from two groups of particular importance. We know our readers are all busy professionals, but we urge you to take the time to read, think about , and respond to at least one of these requests. UPDATE: The Department of Commerce is requesting Phase 2 comments on the Federal Data Strategy.
APDU is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 APDU Data Viz Awards. Register for the 2018 APDU Annual Conference today to learn from awardees about how they created these excellent visualizations.
Just keeping current isn’t enough; organizations like PolicyMap need to be ready to anticipate changes in the data universe. That’s why it’s so important to have a conference like APDU, where you can really hear what people around the country (and around the world) are talking about in the realm of public data. Experts, practitioners, data providers, and public officials are all there, discussing their work, their challenges, and their solutions. Read this article from PolicyMap’s Bernie Langer to learn more about why organizations like yours will benefit from attending the APDU Conference!
At the upcoming APDU conference session on “Lessons from the Data Visualization Process” we will hear from three experience and accomplished speakers who have recently developed successful data visualizations. They will talk about their experience choosing the right tools, making them work for the project, building the visualizations, and how they then used the results to communicate their work to a wider audience. Intrigued? Join us in Arlington , VA on July 17 and 18, 2018 at APDU’s annual conference to learn how to get started on building your next great data viz!
Imagine a website that brought together data from 35 public data sources with 600 measures of child health and well-being: This website exists, at Kidsdata.org. Join us in Arlington, Va. July 17th & 18th, 2018 at APDU’s annual conference to learn more about navigating the public data around us by learning how Kidsdata.org was pulled together and how it has been used to inform decision making around children’s issues in the state of California.
The 2018 Association of Public Data Users (APDU) Annual Conference is an excellent opportunity for data users to not only learn more about funding challenges facing federal statistical agencies, but also to hone their skills for communicating with policymakers about the value of federal support for statistical agencies, surveys, and data collection.
A recurring theme throughout the agenda for this summer’s conference is the use of shared data from administrative records and surveys that are integrated in ways to create new and more informative data products for decision making. So how does the integration of administrative records and surveys by producers of public data relate to bridal preparations?
The Association of Public Data Users (APDU) is pleased to announce the 2018 Data Viz Awards. We are once again soliciting creative and meaningful graphic designs that use publicly-available data (for example, data from the Census Bureau or Bureau of Labor Statistics) to convey a compelling point or story.
We invite you to learn more about how to improve your economic and workforce development outcomes by using evidence to drive decision making. The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) just released the report, “Advancing State Data Sharing for Better Economic and Workforce Development” and the tool “Legal Guide to Administrative Data Sharing for Economic and Workforce Development” that offer important lessons for states interested in enabling the responsible use of administrative records for program research and analysis.
We are inviting proposals to present at the 2018 APDU Annual Conference on any topic relating to public data, whether based on a particular project, data practice, or formal paper. In keeping with the theme of the conference, our interest is in the ways that changes in public data, research techniques, and other advances will impact the way decisions are made in both the public and private sectors.
The Census Bureau has announced its intention to revise the American Community Survey for 2019. Please consider submitting a comment if you have any concerns.
Translating and analyzing big data using charts, graphics, and images is becoming more and more necessary for decision-making. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce some basic concepts to help guide the selection of the right visualization to represent your data and to make those graphics impactful. You will also learn the mechanics of making the best graphics using two powerful and widely available software tools: Excel and Tableau.
The Full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on October 12 provided some reasons for optimism regarding the Trump Administration’s support of the Census Bureau. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross testified before the committee and voiced support for appropriate funding of the 2020 Census. Further, the Administration plans to hire a comparable number of enumerators […]
The Elections Committee is governed by the APDU By-Laws, Article 5. The Committee is preparing a slate of candidates for Secretary and an At-Large Board Member. Incumbent Secretary Sarah Burgoyne has decided to seek a 2nd term. Erin Holve, currently an At-Large Board Member, is not seeking a 2nd term. The Elections Committee welcomes your suggestions as we prepare a slate of candidates. The deadline for suggestions to the Election Committee is October 31. Please send your nominations to Warren Brown at email@example.com.
APDU board member Elizabeth Nash discusses her conference session, “Innovative Approaches to Understanding Our Most Pressing Public Policy Issues: Lessons in Education and Opportunity”, in this blog post. The panel explored the use of public data in policy topics such as the opioid epidemic, homelessness and education and opportunity disparities.
APDU President Cliff Cook provides his reflections on the 2017 APDU Annual Conference in this blog post.
At the Washington Briefing at the 2017 APDU Annual Conference, Dale Oak of Oak Federal Solutions gave a great presentation on the most effective ways to educate Congress on the importance of federal data programs.
On Thursday, September 7, the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking released their mandatory report. The report includes over 20 recommendations to facilitate the sharing of data across agencies and the evaluation of federal programs. Click here to read the report. APDU is in the process of developing a response to the report’s release, and we would […]
One of APDU’s main goals is to help foster data literacy by bringing together producers of government/public data with users of the data via the APDU weekly newsletter; APDU’s Public Data University; and APDU’s annual conference.
The upcoming APDU Annual Conference will be one of the first opportunities to hear from the Commission’s Chair Katharine G. Abraham and Co-Chair Ron Haskins following the September release of the Commission’s report.
APDU Past President Warren Brown discusses the how the APDU Conference session “Public Concerns About Privacy in the Use of Administrative Records” will answer your questions about how administrative data can both reduce respondent burden and protect privacy.
The Association of Public Data Users (APDU) continues to recognize those who demonstrate the impact data visualizations can have on our discourse. For the second year, APDU is proud to recognize the country’s top data visualizations that leverage our nation’s wealth of publicly-available data to convey a compelling point or story. The 2017 Annual APDU Conference will also host a panel on “Innovations in Data Visualization”, featuring best practices and applications, and examples of how experts have used visualizations to improve their programs, solve critical issues, and powerfully convey meaningful information. We hope you will join us in Arlington, VA, September 13th and 14th, for our ongoing discussion of Communicating Data in an otherwise noisy world.
The 2017 APDU Data Viz Awards winners have been selected by the APDU nominating committee.
Last week, Congress adjourned for its traditional August recess, leaving unfinished business, and an unclear path forward, on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 appropriations bills—bills essential to keeping the federal government open once the current fiscal year ends on September 30.
Federal statistical data plays an integral role in decision-making within businesses and government. It is important that the data be obtained and reviewed with a high level of rigor to maintain its integrity, and this requires sufficient support from Congress.