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APDU Conference: Find New Data on Children

Data, in its many iterations, is essential material for public and private decision making.  Data helps us interpret the past, chart a course for the future, and/or direct areas for discovery – all in the service of facilitating the decision-making process. The problem with data is it is unruly:  it can be in different forms with different biases; it can be everywhere and nowhere, scattered about with varying degrees of organization and purpose; it can be overwhelming as there is so much of it from so many sources.  Learning to navigate all this data by providing order to it is no easy feat. But when done well the payoff is at least two-fold: (1) decision makers are armed with a valuable tool to make better decisions; and (2) others wrestling with unruly data problems of their own have a possible blue print to bring order to their data.

Take the issue of the well-being of our children, their health, their education: are we being successful in providing the environment for our children to succeed? The answer to this question is something we take great interest in at all levels of society (family, neighborhood, locally, regionally, and nationally).  Fortunately, there is no shortage of data to provide us with insight as to our successes with children or identifying areas where we are falling short.  The trick lies in bringing order to all that unruly data – identifying all the relevant data, bringing order to it, and making it easily accessible – so that we can use it as a powerful tool to inform our decision making.

Imagine a website that brought together data from 35 public data sources with 600 measures of child health and well-being encompassing:

  • Child Safety
  • Children with Special Health Care Needs
  • Demographics
  • Education and Child Care
  • Emotional and Behavioral Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Family Economics
  • Physical Health

This website exists!  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.

APDU Data Viz Awards: Call for Visualizations

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.

About the Award

APDU started the Data Viz Awards in response to our members’ growing need to communicate their data and research to a variety of audiences using graphic technologies and cutting-edge techniques. APDU hopes to engage data users and help them understand and share data for analysis and decision making.

The Data Viz Awards take pride in recognizing eye-catching and easy-to-comprehend images building on publicly-available data. Click here to view the award-winning visualizations from the 2017 APDU Data Viz Awards.

Winners will be invited to present at the 2018 APDU Annual Conference on July 17, 2018 in Arlington, VA. Winners in the “Researchers & Students” category will also receive a free APDU membership for 2018.

What We’re Looking For

APDU will select creative and compelling images, in four categories:

State/Local Government, including independent and quasi-independent agencies;

Federal Government, including independent and quasi-independent agencies;

Private firms, which can include consultancies, advocacy groups, or any other private firms using public data; and

Researchers & Students, which can include any visuals published or formally presented by researchers or students in higher education, think tanks, research organizations, nonprofits, or similar.

Submissions must have been made publicly available between June 2017 and May 2018. We are accepting submissions that appeared in a published research paper or article either in print or on the web, in a public presentation, as a stand-alone infographic, as a website feature, and/or as another official product.

Deadline: Friday, May 25, 2018

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APDU Conference: Call for Proposals

The 2018 APDU Annual Conference (to be held on July 17-18, 2018 in Arlington, VA) invites APDU members and friends to submit proposals for presentations and panels related to our theme, “Shaping the Future:  The Promise of Public Data to Inform Public & Private Sector Decisions”. The Conference will bring together data users and data producers for conversations and presentations across a wide variety of data and statistical topics, including but not limited to:

  • Statistical policy
  • Data collection, production, and delivery
  • Emerging data issues
  • New data sources and tools
  • Relevant data dissemination technologies

We invite proposals 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 how changes in public data, research techniques, and other advances will impact the way decisions are made in both the public and private sectors.  For the 2018 Conference, we are interested in presentations focused on:

Navigating the Public Data Landscape

  • Identifying the Data You Need
  • Preserving Data Privacy and Security
  • Responsibly Sharing and Disseminating Data

Realizing the Potential of Public Data

  • Linking Datasets
  • Selecting Sound Methods for Analysis
  • Developing Effective Data Visualizations
  • Leveraging Administrative Data

Deploying Data to Inform Decisions

  • Using Public Data in the Private Sector
  • Using Public Data in the State, Local, and Nonprofit Sector
  • Informing Evidence-Based Policymaking

Submissions may be for a single presentation or a full panel (three presenters, plus a moderator). APDU may accept portions of a panel proposal to combine with other presenters. Submissions will be evaluated on the quality of work, relevance to APDU Conference attendees, uniqueness of topic and presenter, and thematic fit.

Please submit the proposal document available at this link to Brendan Buff at bbuff@crec.net. Please submit proposals by Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Proposers will be notified of our decision by February 28, 2018.

IMPORTANT DATES

Deadline:
January 31, 2018
Notification Date:
February 28, 2018
Registration Opens:
March 1, 2018
APDU Annual Conference:
July 17-18, 2018

 

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2018 Annual Conference

 

2018 APDU Annual Conference

Shaping the Future:

The Promise of Public Data to Inform Public & Private Sector Decisions

July 17-18, 2018
Residence Inn Arlington Pentagon City
550 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA 22202 

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BUILDING THE CASE FOR PUBLIC STATISTICS WORKSHOP

2018 DATA VIZ AWARDS

We invite you to shape the future of the federal statistical system and the use of public data. The Association of Public Data Users is pleased to announce the 2018 APDU Annual Conference, to be held in Arlington, VA on July 17-18.

Public data promises insight into some of our country’s most pressing policy and program challenges. How we navigate, deploy, and realize the potential of this data remains our challenge – and our charge – amidst great funding uncertainty and technological change.

The 2018 APDU Annual Conference is about Shaping the Future: The Promise of Public Data to Inform Decisions. Join us to examine how federal statistics, administrative data, and a growing world of private data are converging to redirect how public data will be defined, collected, and used for years to come. Take an active role in helping the system move forward.

APDU has been hard at work educating members of Congress on the importance of public data, but it is vital that data users and data producers have the tools necessary to make that case directly. To address this, APDU is integrating a special workshop series, “Building the Case for Public Statistics,” into the second day of the Conference. Click here to learn more.

Register today to secure your place!

Conference Registration Fees* 
Non-Members Individual & Organizational Members Premium Organizational Members
Early Bird Registration
(On or before June 22)
$645 $475 $420
Full Price Registration
(After June 22)
$720 $525 $470

 

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Building the Case for Public Statistics

Building the Case for Public Statistics:

Special APDU Workshop

July 18, 2018
2018 APDU Annual Conference
Residence Inn Pentagon City
Arlington, VA

This workshop is offered as a supplemental component of the 2018 APDU Annual Conference. Register for the conference and you will receive an invitation to RSVP for the workshop.

AGENDA

Uncertain budgets, waning legislative support, limited knowledge about the costs and benefits of statistics… It is more important than ever that you effectively communicate about public data to your stakeholders.

Elected and appointed leaders need to hear from respected data users like you about how public data are used and why they are so vital. How do you do so effectively? It’s not just about the content of your messages, it’s also about when you share your experience.

APDU is offering a groundbreaking new program to help you. “Building the Case for Public Statistics” will help develop your communication skills in ways that improve your messaging, identify appropriate audiences, and navigate the complicated legislative process to determine when your expertise can make the greatest impact on key decisions about public data.

APDU is pleased to reintroduce the “Building the Case for Public Statistics” workshop to develop your skills in educating policymakers on the importance of Federal data. This time, it comes with twist: it will be integrated into the 2018 APDU Annual Conference!

Registrants will have access to the full conference agenda and may attend the specialized breakout sessions designed explicitly to expand your understanding of how best to work with legislators and policymakers to ensure they understand the challenges facing your favored data agency and the broader federal statistical system.

Register today to take advantage of this rare opportunity to learn from national experts on how to educate elected officials on public data. We encourage attendees to commit to attend the full session. Conference registrants will be invited to RSVP for the session to secure their place.

Spots are limited, so register for the conference today!

 

Meet the Trainers

Mary Jo Hoeksema, Director of Government Affairs for the Population Association of America and Association of Population Centers, and Co-Director of The Census Project

Mary Jo Hoeksema advocates for funding federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, Census Bureau, and National Center for Health Statistics. Since 2008, she has also been Co-Director of The Census Project, a diverse collaborative of national, state, and local organizations, including APDU, which support the decennial census and American Community Survey.

Emily J. Holubowich, Senior Vice President, CRD Associates

Emily J. Holubowich has 15 years of experience in health and fiscal policy, government relations, strategic communications, and coalition management. Ms. Holubowich has an extensive body of written work and more recently has authored and managed the production of the reports for advocacy campaigns and is frequently sought out by the media for her expertise on public health and fiscal policy.

Dale Oak, President, Oak Federal Solutions, LLC

Dale Oak has more than 30 years of experience on federal budget and appropriations matters in government and the private sector. Decades of senior staff experience help Mr. Oak translate budget and appropriations developments, facts and figures into actionable information.

Conference Registration Fees* 
Non-Members Individual & Organizational Members Premium Organizational Members
Early Bird Registration
(On or before June 22)
$645 $475 $420
Full Price Registration
(After June 22)
$720 $525 $470

 

APDU Election Candidate Statements

The APDU election is underway and two candidates are up for election for Secretary and At-Large positions on the Board of Directors: Sarah Burgoyne of Claritas and Ron Nakao of Stanford University. See below their candidate statements:

Sarah Burgoyne
Director of Data Science
Claritas

As the Director of Data Science at Claritas, I lead our demographic and cartographic team in the use of data from the Decennial Census and the American Community Survey to produce small area population estimates. Prior to working at Claritas, I received my Master’s Degree in Sociology with a specialization in Applied Demography from Bowling Green State University. Currently, I am pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Sociology with a specialization in Family Demography, also at BGSU.

Being in the early stages of my career, I believe I bring a unique perspective to APDU, which allows me to work with other board members to form the next generation of public data users. As a member of the board, I will continue to represent the private sector as a champion for public data. Specifically related to the role of Secretary, I seek to continue serving APDU by providing minutes for meetings and helping chair sessions at the annual conference.

Ron Nakao
Economics, Data and Computational Social Science Librarian
Stanford Libraries

At Stanford, my duties include building the economics collection (data, books, journals, online resources), and consulting with faculty, research staff, and students on our collections and the use of statistical software. i serve as Stanford’s representative to ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research), the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, and the DDI (Data Documentation Initiative) Alliance. I am a long-time member of IASSIST (International Association for Social Science Information, Service, and Technology), and have previously served on the ICPSR Council and DDI Alliance Board.

APDU is a unique resource and advocate for federal statistical data. I was particularly impressed with the networking and cross-fertilization of ideas and work by attendees (including myself) at our last conference. I hope to bring my experience and connections in the academic/library world to the APDU Board and am particularly interested in helping to expand the connections and participation by the academic/library community with APDU.

Trump Administration Indicates Support of 2020 Census

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 to the 2010 Census, which will be much more efficient due to the use of technology.  If you’d like to learn more about planning for the 2020 Census, consider attending the 2020 Census Quarterly Program Management Review on October 27 at 12:30 pm.

TAKEAWAYS:
  • The Census Bureau must focus on modernizing data collection and delivering necessary IT infrastructure in the most cost-effective manner.
  • The Census Bureau must ensure delivery of critical IT systems for 2018 end-to-end testing. Delays for delivery of critical IT systems pose significant risk for the security and the success of the census.
  • Secretary Ross provided a new life-cycle cost estimate of $15.6 billion dollars, an increase of $3.3 billion from the 2015 cost estimate.
  • Increasing costs are a concern. The Committee will monitor the Census Bureau’s management of the 2020 Census.

Job Board August 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.

APDU Vice President: A (Data) Visualized World

Data means nothing without context, and nothing provides context like a picture.  The artful science of data visualization, the ability to use graphics to abstract and convey meaning from data, is among the most important and ill-equipped skills in our Data Age.  Across industries and occupations, public and private sectors, the need to deliver complex information simply and succinctly is pervasive.  I witness it daily in health care.

Insurers, founded on long histories of using data to monitor costs and forecast risks, are investing in new, proactive data strategies that incorporate the use of data visualizations as early as data intake:  programmers using visuals to test the integrity, consistency, and completeness of daily claim-file uploads, allowing them to spot outliers, anomalies, and irregular patterns across billions of flowing records immediately.  Hospital system clinicians and data scientists alike – now tasked with managing the health outcomes of whole populations – are developing new patient-specific indicators to track health and well-being, provider maps to monitor care coordination and referral patterns, and population dashboards to gauge progress on meeting clinical, quality, and financial performance goals.  States and researchers, tremendous data collectors and users – tapping data derived from surveys, discharge databases, and All Payer Claims Databases – are then tasked with distilling down an entire system to what policy-makers and the public most need to know to make more informed health care decisions.

While these examples illustrate the rapid application of data visualizations in health care, their use transcends policy domains.  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.  In our second annual “Data Viz” awards, APDU has selected best-in-class data visualizations by a state or local government agency, by a federal government agency, by a private enterprise, and by a researcher or student, each of whom had different audiences and goals, but all of whom recognized the impact data visualizations could have to reach them.  This year’s winners – listed below – will be joining us at our 2017 Annual Conference in Arlington, Virginia, sharing their techniques and strategies.  Join us to learn about these creative visualizations and for another exciting conference.

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.

 

Federal Government Category

USPTO PatentsView – US Patent and Trademark Office

  • Amanda Myers, US Patent and Trademark Office
  • Dino Citraro, Periscopic
  • Kim Rees, Periscopic

Energy Consumption and Production in Agriculture – USDA Economic Research Service

  • Claudia Hitaj, USDA Economic Research Service
  • Lori Fields, USDA Economic Research Service

Private Firms Category

Visualizing the Condition of U.S. Lakes – Crow Insight

  • Mike Crow, Crow Insight
  • Sarah Lehmann, US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Amina Pollard, US Environmental Protection Agency

Researchers and Students Category

Mapping Financial Opportunity – Institute for Policy & Social Research, University of Kansas

  • Terri Friedline, Institute for Policy & Social Research, University of Kansas
  • Xan Wedel, Institute for Policy & Social Research, University of Kansas
  • Kirk Jackson, New America
  • Justin King, New America

State and Local Government Category

2010-2014 Women in the Workforce – Utah Department of Workforce Services

  • Lecia Parks Langston, Utah Department of Workforce Services

Announcing: 2017 APDU Data Viz Awards Winners

The 2017 APDU Data Viz Awards winners have been selected by the APDU nominating committee.

The Association of Public Data Users is pleased to announce an outstanding group of public data visualizations from 2017. This year’s visualizations include infographics, maps, and graphical interfaces using programs such as ArcGIS and Tableau. Register for the conference today to learn more about these visualizations and how they were created.

APDU thanks all of those who submitted visualizations – the choices were not easy to make.

We would like to congratulate the following organizations:

Federal Government Category

USPTO PatentsView – US Patent and Trademark Office

  • Amanda Myers, US Patent and Trademark Office
  • Dino Citraro, Periscopic
  • Kim Rees, Periscopic

Energy Consumption and Production in Agriculture – USDA Economic Research Service

  • Claudia Hitaj, USDA Economic Research Service
  • Lori Fields, USDA Economic Research Service

Private Firms Category

Visualizing the Condition of U.S. Lakes – Crow Insight

  • Mike Crow, Crow Insight
  • Sarah Lehmann, US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Amina Pollard, US Environmental Protection Agency

Researchers and Students Category

Mapping Financial Opportunity – Institute for Policy & Social Research, University of Kansas

  • Terri Friedline, Institute for Policy & Social Research, University of Kansas
  • Xan Wedel, Institute for Policy & Social Research, University of Kansas
  • Mathieu Despard, University of Michigan
  • Kirk Jackson, New America
  • Justin King, New America
  • Tyler Richardett, New America

State and Local Government Category

2010-2014 Women in the Workforce – Utah Department of Workforce Services

  • Lecia Parks Langston, Utah Department of Workforce Services