Job Board February 2017

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.

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 letter asking members of Congress to support and fund Federal statistics. In order to make as large an impact as possible, we encourage respected leaders in the business, policy, and academic communities to join us in signing the letter and demonstrating their support. If you’d like to sign for yourself or for your organization, please submit your information through the below form. We hope to have a large and diverse group of cosigners join APDU in submitting this letter to key policymakers.

Please share with your network as well to reinforce this important message!

DEADLINE: February 28, 2017

 

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Improving Census Bureau Data Dissemination

The Census Bureau is moving toward a seamless data user experience. Drawing on feedback from a wide variety of data users, this new approach to data dissemination will emphasize the consumer experience and will attempt to create a single platform for accessing all Census Bureau data.

An early technical preview of the tool was released in September 2016, and the second technical preview is expected on January 31, 2017 at data.census.gov.

Key features for Release 2 include:

Unified Search: Including a single search bar that provides automatic, scrolling search suggestions and allows a user to search across multiple filters in a single search.
-Table ID Search. Allows users to search by entering the table ID into the search box.
-Integrated Search Results. Returns a consolidated list of results with multiple content types (e.g. webpages and tables).

User Interface Enhancements
-Selection Map Enhancements. Improves the integration and access to the selection map from the results page and highlights the geography filters being added to improve usability and incorporate feedback from user testing.
-Table View. Provides a persistent table preview that lets users find data faster and allows users to sort the table results by relevancy, table name, and table ID improving the experience.
-Filters. Redesigns the filter selection to improve usability and incorporate feedback from initial user testing.

This webinar demonstration will provide users with a walk-through of platform capabilities from our latest release, and will provide an overview of plans for upcoming features as releases continue throughout 2017.

Presenters:
Ally Burleson-Gibson, Communications, Center for Dissemination Services and Consumer Innovation (CEDSCI), U.S. Census Bureau

Robert Chestnut, Chief, Communications, Center for Enterprise Dissemination Services and Consumer Innovation (CEDSCI), U.S. Census Bureau

Job Board January 2017

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.

Promoting Evidence-Based Policymaking by Sharing State Administrative Data

In the 21st century data-driven economy, reliance on data and data analytics to improve outcomes has become the driving force behind most decision making across all sectors, including government, business, education, and research. Because government leaders are demanding greater transparency and accountability of their resources in light of tightening federal, state, and local budgets, access to reliable, accurate data is more important than ever.

To encourage data sharing among agencies and researchers within states, the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) launched a two-year State Data Sharing Initiative (SDS Initiative). The SDS Initiative research aims to situate administrative data, and the intra-state sharing of such data, as invaluable resources for enhancing evidence-based policymaking efforts, enabling rigorous policy analysis, and improving program outcomes. This webinar was designed to help launch CREC’s website www.statedatasharing.org and introduce the accompanying research paper: “Strengthening evidence-based policymaking by increasing support for data sharing, Promoting Evidence-Based Policymaking in the States by Sharing Administrative Data.”

Presenter:
Marty Romitti, Senior Fellow, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness

Testing Messages to Support the Decennial Census and American Community Survey

The Census Project, the Association of Public Data Users and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights are co-sponsoring a webinar to unveil the results of a new national opinion survey on the use of effective messages in support of the 2020 Census and the companion American Community Survey. The polling results are especially relevant in light of the challenging political environment.

Registrants for this webinar will receive advance materials and polling results, including a general population survey as well as samples of African Americans, Asian/Pacific Islanders and Latinos.

Presenters:

  • Phil Sparks, Co-Director, Census Project
  • Corrine Yu, Senior Counsel and Managing Policy Director, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Celinda Lake, President, Lake Research Partners

Job Board December 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.

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.

Below is the new Board of Directors:

APDU Officers:

  • President: Cliff Cook, City of Cambridge
  • Vice President: Kevin McAvey, Manatt Health
  • Secretary: Sarah Burgoyne, Nielsen
  • Treasurer: Mauricio Ortiz, Bureau of Economic Analysis

At-Large Directors:

  • At-Large Board member: Elizabeth Nash, PolicyMap
  • At-Large Board member: Mary Jo Hoeksema, Population Association of America/Association of Population Centers
  • At-Large Board member: Kathryn Pettit, Urban Institute
  • At-Large Board member: Erin Holve, Department of Health Care Finance, the Government of the District of Columbia

Immediate Past President

  • Warren Brown, Cornell University

APDU would like to thank former Immediate Past President Bob Scardamalia of RLS Demographics and At-Large Director Steve Pierson of the American Statistical Association for their service, as they have completed their two terms on the Board following several years of excellent leadership. While we will miss their contributions, we look forward to continuing to work with them as members.  APDU is excited about the direction our new board leadership will take us in 2017 and beyond. To hear more about our new president’s vision, we encourage you to listen to Cliff Cook’s presentation at the recent APDU business meeting, archived here.

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.