Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking Report Release

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 […]

 
 

APDU Vice President: A (Data) Visualized World

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.

 
 
 

Expanding Training on Data and Technology to Improve Communities

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.

Help Protect Workplace Safety Data

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.

 

President’s Budget Overview for Public 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.

Help Support Federal Data!

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.

 

APDU Welcomes New Directors

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.

2016 APDU Accomplishments

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 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 […]

 

APDU Conference: Data Viz Awards Winners Announced

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, […]

APDU Conference: Building Demand for Open Data

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 […]

 
 
 

APDU Conference Chair: 8 Tough Questions for Data Owners

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 […]

Job Board April 2016

Welcome to the monthly APDU Job Board. Members are invited to submit job postings at their organization; the Board also includes a collection of public data-related positions (research, projections, etc.) from a variety of Federal, nonprofit, and private sources. You can submit your job postings to info@apdu.org. Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts Supervisory Management Analyst (Chief, […]

 

Job Board March 2016

Welcome to the monthly APDU Job Board. Members are invited to submit job postings at their organization; the Board will also include a collection of public data-related positions (research, projections, etc.) from a variety of Federal, nonprofit, and private sources. You can submit your job postings to info@apdu.org. Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts Supervisory Management Analyst […]

2016 Annual Business Meeting

The 2016 Annual Business Meeting & State of the Association will be held on February 16, 2016 at 4:00 PM EST. This is a great opportunity for APDU members to learn about accomplishments from 2015 and planned activities for 2016. Further, members will have an opportunity to interact with Board Members. Please see the agenda […]

 

Job Board January 2016

Happy New Year! Welcome to the monthly APDU Job Board. Members are invited to submit job postings at their organization; the Board will also include a collection of public data-related positions (research, projections, etc.) from a variety of Federal, nonprofit, and private sources. You can submit your job postings to info@apdu.org. Bureau of Economic Analysis Economist Research […]

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