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State Data Sharing Initiative Reports Released!

We invite you to learn more about how to improve your economic and workforce development outcomes by using evidence to drive decision making.  The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) just released the report, “Advancing State Data Sharing for Better Economic and Workforce Development” and the tool “Legal Guide to Administrative Data Sharing for Economic and Workforce Development” that offer important lessons for states interested in enabling the responsible use of administrative records for program research and analysis.

Access to administrative records – wage records and corporate tax filings – can be invaluable for making evidence-based policy decisions.  Yet accessing those records can be difficult.  During the past 18 months CREC has been working with five states to determine solutions to data sharing challenges as part of its State Data Sharing Initiative.  The lessons learned are:

  1. States can “get to yes” by addressing cultural barriers to data sharing
  2. Clearly articulate the laws governing data sharing
  3. States need to dedicate resources to data sharing efforts
  4. Data sharing advocates must manage up and down to gain and sustain support
  5. Standardizing data sharing processes creates meaningful progress

The Legal Guide covers common issues when negotiating an agreement to securely share data and sets out guidance that facilitate the responsible use of administrative data for evidence-based policy making to the full extent of federal and state laws.

CREC has worked on the State Data Sharing Initiative over the past two years to inform more rigorous analysis of economic and workforce development programs by better understanding the barriers to accessing administrative records responsibly.  The project included research on the legislation guiding data sharing in all 50 states, assessments of improvements to evaluation efforts that fully respect taxpayer privacy, and technical assistance to five states that agreed to take significant action on their data sharing policies over an 18-month engagement.  All the research can be found on the website:

In addition to these two papers, the State Data Sharing Initiative website also includes a variety of resources including:

  • A summary of key legislative language in all 50 states, plus companion federal legislation
  • A research report on the barriers to data sharing in the 50 states
  • A legal guide for preparing data sharing agreement based on frequently asked questions
  • A toolkit of case studies and examples of successes linked to data sharing
  • A list of relevant publications about a variety of data sharing and management issues
  • An executive highlights report summarizing lessons learned from the project

Check out this free resource, brought to you by CREC with funding support from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

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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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.


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!

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


Telling Your Story Through Data Visualization


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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. Receive hands-on help in learning how to use basic charts and graphs more effectively and learn powerful ways to present data that will forever change how you will present data to your audience.

Training pre-requisites
Skills: Familiarity with creating workbooks, worksheets, basic menus & toolbars
Tools: Laptop, wired mouse, Microsoft Excel 2013, Tableau Desktop (personal or professional)

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Pricing Early Bird Pricing
Through January 29, 2018)
After January 29, 2018
APDU, C2ER, LMI Institute Premium Organizational Members $ 630 $ 680
APDU, C2ER, LMI Institute Individual & Organizational Members $ 715 $ 765
Non-Members $ 895 $ 945


APDU Weekly

Each weekly we deliver APDU Weekly to our members. This one-stop newsletter delivers the latest news, trends, events, publications, and opportunities related to Federal statistics and other public data. The APDU Weekly is a “can’t miss” part of your APDU membership. Click here to check out one of our issues.