Translating and analyzing big data using charts, graphics, and images is becoming more and more necessary for decision-making. The art of making compelling visuals is something that all professionals should learn. 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.
APDU has many different types of members, and there are excellent reasons for each type to attend the Annual Conference.
One of the ways that APDU supports the work of the federal data system is through joining with other organizations in offering formal support for the various agencies. APDU recently signed onto a letter of support for the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Local government and nonprofit staff need data and technology skills to regularly monitor local conditions and design programs that achieve more effective outcomes. Tailored training is essential to help them gain the knowledge and confidence to leverage these indispensable tools. In Spring 2016, the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) and Microsoft’s Civic Technology Engagement Group partnered to explore how to expand community training on data and technology for government and nonprofit staff members.
Two former commissioners of the Bureau of Labor Statistics representing both political parties wrote to the leaders of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) opposing the repeal of the OSHA injury recordkeeping rule. This rule requires the collection of injury records of employers dating back five years. Please inform your networks about this important rule and tell them to contact the HELP committee to inform them about the value of this data.
On Thursday, March 16th, the Trump Administration released its long awaited first budget proposal. What will this mean for researchers, businesses, and local, state, and federal agencies? APDU Executive Director CEO Ken Poole provides an overview of President Trump’s proposed budget changes related to economic development and federal statistical programs.
With a new Congress and Administration, it is important to reiterate to policymakers the importance of federal data programs. Click here to find a draft letter asking members of Congress to support better funding for Federal statistics. In order to make as large an impact as possible, we encourage respected leaders in the business, policy, and academic communities to sign the letter and demonstrate their support.
The Association of Public Data Users (APDU) is excited to announce the election and re-election of four outstanding individuals to its Board of Directors. Congratulations are due to President Cliff Cook, Vice President Kevin McAvey, and At-Large Directors Elizabeth Nash and Mary Jo Hoeksema for their election. Cliff Cook was our past Vice President, while Elizabeth Nash has been elected to a second term as an At-Large Director. Kevin McAvey and Mary Jo Hoeksema are new additions to the Board of Directors. Warren Brown retains his seat on the Board of Directors as Immediate Past President.
Over the past 12 months, the Association of Public Data Users (APDU) has been busy providing members with the information, training, and advocacy that supports your important work. Our Annual Conference in Alexandria, VA was bigger than ever, we held our first ever training course, and our webinar series educated hundreds of attendees on a variety of topics. We are pleased to present you with APDU’s accomplishments from the past year.
The Commission on Evidence-Based Policy wants to hear from you. The Commission is soliciting input from stakeholders on issues relevant to the Commission’s charge, established in Public Law 114-140. They are interested in hearing about data access issues, barriers to research, issues related to the capacity of states to engage in data and evidence building and […]
In a time of change in the federal statistical system and the federal government generally, APDU has been keeping you informed and prepared. Our Weekly Updates, annual conference, webinars, and even a new training course have kept us busy during 2016. Want to know what’s in store for 2017? APDU is excited to announce our […]
The 2016 APDU Data Viz Awards winners have been selected by the APDU nominating committee! The Association of Public Data Users proudly present a selection of 2016’s top visualizations using publicly available data. Submissions were received from across the country, from researchers and students to public-agency and private-sector staff. Visualizations were developed using various tools, […]
by Cliff Cook, APDU Board Member and Planning Information Manager, City of Cambridge, Massaschusetts Recent years have seen an explosion in the interest in open data at all levels of government. Open data can serve as a game changer when comes to the relationship between the public, the business community and government. A variety of actors can […]
By Elizabeth Nash, Vice President of Data and Product Development, PolicyMap Our team at PolicyMap works with the latest publicly available data on a daily basis. We’re also avid consumers of the news media, staying abreast of trending topics and all things public policy-related. Given the nexus of publicly available data and current events, I’ve […]
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 […]
Join the conversation about innovative data products at the 2016 APDU Annual Conference in September. Join as a sponsor or exhibitor. We have a great group of sponsors and exhibitors already, but we would like you to join us. Show off your new data product, your new web interface, or your new approach to mashing […]
It’s a new day for public data. A sea change has come to evidence-based policy making. Big, open, transactional data are subsuming reliable, solid, deliberative statistics in the eyes of the media, the public, and in some cases even lawmakers. The challenge for the Federal statistical agencies is to adapt or become irrelevant. How can […]
Kevin McAvey is Associate Director of Analytics for Massachusetts’ Center for Health Information and Analysis and the 2016 APDU Conference Chair We can do better. It is what I remind myself each day. As we navigate through this Data Age, as data producers, stewards, and users, where there are rarely precedents or limits or boundaries on the […]