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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 to you APDU’s accomplishments from the past year.

Conference

  • Gathered over 180 attendees and speakers in Alexandria, VA to for a two-day conference on statistical policy; data collection, production, and delivery; emerging data issues; relevant data dissemination technologies; and more.
  • Held the inaugural APDU Data Viz Awards, given to exemplary data visualizations from seven organizations across the country that use public data.

Communication

  • Produced 48 APDU Weekly newsletters, informing APDU members about developments in federal data programs, novel data visualizations, data publications, and other data initiatives.
  • Introduced the APDU Job Board, updating members on opportunities in federal data agencies and the organizations that make use of publicly available data.

Training

  • Developed APDU’s first ever training course, the well-attended Data Viz Made Simple event. Held in Arlington, VA on September 15-16 immediately following the 2016 APDU Annual Conference, the training was at full capacity and received exceedingly positive reviews.
  • Produced 14 webinars on topics including the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, Current Population Survey, and the underreporting of young children in federal statistical programs.

Data Advocacy

  • Provided opportunities for comment on nearly 200 federal actions in the Federal Register through the APDU Weekly.
  • Produced a webinar in collaboration with the Census Project on the Census Data Advocacy Toolkit to help state and local organizations build coalitions in support of an accurate census and comprehensive, reliable ACS.
  • Collaborated with Friends of BLS, the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics (COPAFS), and the Census Project in advocacy efforts.
  • Participated in several Capitol Hill visits to Congressional staff representing the interests of statistical data users.
  • Signed on to several letters advocating for proper funding for Census, BLS, and BEA and supporting efforts to ensure the ACS remains mandatory.

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 issues related to privacy and confidentiality.

There are two ways to provide your input to the Commission:

Request for Comments – The Commission has an open Request for Comments published in the Federal Register on September 14, 2016, and will continue to accept comments through December 14, 2016. To submit your comments, please visit see the full request here or linked from www.cep.gov.

Public Hearings – The Commission’s public hearings are open opportunities for any interested stakeholders to submit a written statement and provide a 5-minute oral statement to members of the Commission, along with Q&A. There are two upcoming public hearings scheduled, one on January 5, 2017 in Chicago, IL and February 9, 2017 in San Francisco, CA. To sign up for a speaking slot at either hearing, please email us at Input@cep.gov with your name, affiliation, written statement and 2-3 sentence abstract. If you have a written statement you’d like to submit, but cannot make it to the hearing in person, you are welcome to submit that statement to regardless to Input@cep.gov.

To learn more about the Commission, please visit www.cep.gov and to sign up for the Commission’s email list, please contact them at events@cep.gov.

APDU Annual Business Meeting and State of the Association

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 Annual Business Meeting on December 6, 2016, at 3 pm EST. The meeting will be convened by webinar and open to all APDU members.

The APDU Board of Directors will report on the state of the association, present this year’s accomplishments and goals for the coming year, and answer your questions.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

AGENDA

Call to Order & Welcome
• Key Accomplishments
• Annual Conference Report
• Webinars
• Data Viz Made Simple Training
• Advocacy Activities

Fall 2016 Election

Financial Report

Looking Ahead
• Public Data University
• Annual Conference
• Training
• Get Involved With APDU

Q&A

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Job Board November 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.

*Date Changed* Introducing J2J Explorer! An Innovative Data Tool on Statistics on Worker Reallocation in the United States

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Association of Public Data Users (APDU) and the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), welcomes Mr. Matthew Graham, Mr. Heath Hayward, and Ms. Joyce Hahn as they present, “Introducing J2J Explorer! An Innovative Data Tool on Statistics on Worker Reallocation in the United States.” The Job-to-Job Flows Explorer (Beta) is a web-based analysis tool that enables comprehensive access to an innovative new set of statistics. The application’s interactive visualizations allow for the construction of tables and charts to compare and analyze the flows by worker and firm characteristics. Potential analyses include job flows across industries and state boundaries.

This webinar was originally scheduled for December 7. We will email a recording of the webinar to registrants who are not able to attend on December 19.

Presenters:

Matthew Graham, Chief of Product Coordination and Quality Assurance, LEHD (Census Bureau)

Heath Hayward, Geographer, LEHD (Census Bureau)

Joyce Hahn, Statistician, LEHD (Census Bureau)

Addressing Under-Reporting of Young Children in Federal Statistical Programs

Federal statistical agencies such as the Census Bureau must continuously improve survey methodologies to accurately reflect the U.S. population. For example, in recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the under-reporting of young children in several federal statistical system activities. There is clear evidence that young children (age 0-4) have a higher net undercount rate than any other age group in the 2010 Census. There is also evidence that young children are under-reported in three major Census Bureau surveys (the American Community Survey, the Current Population Survey and the Survey of Income and Program Participation) and in administrative records matched to the 2010 Census.

This webinar will first cover the data, or lack thereof, reflected in the statements above. Further, a representative from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget will discuss the implications of this data issue including activities underway to learn more about the issue and possible remedies for this problem. We expect to have ample time for questions and comments from the webinar participants.

Presenters:
Bill O’Hare, President, O’Hare Data and Demographic Services, LLC

Jennifer Park, Policy Analyst, Statistical and Science Policy Branch, Office of Management and Budget

A Closer Look at New Federal Survey Items on Certifications and Licenses

This APDU Public Data University Webinar will focus on federal surveys that now include new items on certifications and licenses. Over a 7-year period, the Interagency Working Group on Expanded Measures of Enrollment and Attainment (GEMEnA) developed and validated survey items on the prevalence and key characteristics of these non-degree credentials. Now a number of federal surveys of households and individuals have begun to collect data using the validated items, including the Current Population Survey and the National Survey of College Graduates. Taken together, these survey sources provide a comprehensive national picture of certifications and licenses.

Dr. Sharon Boivin, Chair of GEMEnA, will give an overview of the GEMEnA development process and then provide an in-depth look at item wording and analysis nuances for each survey. Dr. Jeff Strohl, Director of Research at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, will discuss the research questions that each survey is best poised to answer.

Presenters:
Sharon Boivin, Chair, Interagency Working Group on Expanded Measures of Enrollment and Attainment
Jeff Strohl, Director of Research, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

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Job Board September 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.

The Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking: The Commission and How You Can Get Involved

The Evidence-Based Policy Commission is the result of a bipartisan initiative authored by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). The commission brings together leading researchers and social scientists to conduct an inventory of the data the government collects and to determine the best methods for policymakers to make use of that information.

In this presentation, Deputy Executive Director Lucas Hitt will cover the who, what, and why of the Commission, providing an overview of how it will conduct its work and related timelines. He will also cover how the audience can provide input to the Commission.

Presenter:
Lucas Hitt, Deputy Executive Director, Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, Bureau of Economic Analysis

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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, but with a common purpose: to use public data to convey meaningful information in a compelling manner. Award recipients will present on their research questions, data sources, and design tactics. Join us for a more informal session to close our conference.

We would like to congratulate the following individuals/organizations:

Federal Public Agencies

Private Firms

Researchers and Students

State/Local Public Agencies

Attendees of the 2016 APDU Annual Conference will be able to learn more about the development of these data visualizations in the closing session of the conference on September 14 at 2:45 P.M. Register today!