Agenda – 2017 Annual Conference

Communicating Data

Innovate. Integrate. Collaborate.

DAY 1 – SEPTEMBER 13, 2017


8:00 am – 8:45 am           Breakfast and Registration

Plenary Session
8:45 am – 9:00 am           Welcome and Introduction                                        

Plenary Session
9:00 am – 10:00 am        Role of Commercial Firms in Public Data

Integrating private data and collaborating with commercial firms represents a new frontier for public data.  Speakers will share current innovative practice and partnerships and the benefits to the data users and the publisher.  They will also discuss strategies for encouraging more actors in the private sector to explore opportunities in creating value by collaborating with public data partners.

  • Aaron Terrazas, Principal Economist, ZIllow
  • Stefaan Verhurlst, Co-Founder and Chief Research and Development Officer, NYU GovLab

Plenary Session
10:00 – 10:30 am             Keynote – Nancy Potok, Chief Statistician of the United States, Office of Management and Budget

10:30 am – 11:00 am      Exhibit Hall Break

Breakout Sessions
11:00 am – 12:15 pm    

  1. Integrate

Public Concerns About Privacy in the Use of Administrative Records

The Census Bureau is expanding the use of administrative records on businesses and persons.  The public benefits because it helps to improve data collection and reduce respondent burden.  How do the subjects of this data view  privacy and security when administrative records are used for statistical purposes?

  • Alfred D. Tuttle, Statistician, Census Bureau
  • Aleia Fobia, Research Sociologist, Census Bureau
  • Casey Eggleston, Mathematical Statistician, Census Bureau
  1. Innovate

Innovations in Linking Survey and Administrative Data

Until recent years, government agencies such as HUD, NCHS, and HHS conducted surveys to meet their own special purposes.  As we understand the opportunities for bringing data together across agencies, disparate sources can now be used to create greater value to the public in the form of new data sets and innovative research activities that can contribute to more informed policy making.  This session focuses on recent efforts to integrate data in different Federal agencies through surveys and administrative efforts, the technical innovations that have enabled such efforts, the essential role of partnerships and community engagement, and the challenges posed by organizational, legal and privacy issues. The session will also highlight innovative approaches to data integration efforts between national health care surveys and cancer clinical trial data that serve to enhance analytic capacity and inform healthcare policy and practice.

  • Steven Cohen, Vice President, Statistics and Data Science, RTI International
  • Jon Sperling, Manager, Geographic Information Analysis, Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Patricia C. Lloyd, Health Statistician, National Center for Health Statistics
  • Dr. David Handelsman, ‎Vice President, Development, Project Data Sphere
  1. Communicate

How Data is Used to Build Evidence for Policymaking

With its final report to Congress scheduled for imminent release, key leaders from the Commission on Evidence-based Policymaking will discuss the findings and recommendations under consideration.  The panel will examine the strategies and activities that APDU’s network will want to take on to implement the most relevant recommendations.

  • Dr. Katharine Abraham, Member and Chairperson, U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking
  • Dr. Ron Haskins, Member and Co-chair, U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking
  • John Thompson, Director, Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics (COPAFS)
  • Sandy Davis, Senior Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center

12:30 – 1:00 pm               Networking Lunch

Plenary Session
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm          Federal Statistical Agency Leadership Panel (An APDU Public Data University Presentation)

Interview-format panel with heads of several major federal statistical agencies. These leaders will discuss innovation in an era of uncertainty.

  • William Wiatrowski, Deputy Commissioner, Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Brian Moyer, Director, Bureau of Economic Analysis
  • Charles Rothwell, Director, National Center for Health Statistics

1:45 pm – 2:15 pm          Exhibit Hall Break

Breakout Sessions
2:15 pm – 3:30 pm         

  1. Integrate

Applied Uses of Integrated Administrative Data – State and Local Initiatives

State and local policy makers typically employ a range of data sources to analyze problems and evaluation programs.  Increasingly, public agencies and non-profits are seeking ways to link data across using public and administrative data to create greater value in analyzing policies and evaluating programs. What are some of the key issues that data scientists face in bringing data sets together and how can this information be used to empower the policymakers?

  • Katie Buitrago, Director, Social IMPACT Research Center
  • Erik Hovland, Economic and Statistical Analyst, Fairfax County, VA
  • Kimberly Korejko, Data Coordination Manager, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)
  1. Innovate

Innovative Approaches to Understanding Our Most Pressing Public Policy Issues: Lessons in Education and Opportunity

Finding a way to understand complex policy issues by using quantitative data requires innovation and dedicated resources.  Hear from three exceptional voices from progressive national think tanks and foundations about their pioneering research and related recommendations for addressing many pressing research and data issues.  The panel will discuss innovative methodologies that rely on publicly accessible data, as well as the materials produced by these initiatives to help practitioners and advocates monitor progress in actionable solutions to some of our most urgent policy problems.

  • Laura Speer, Associate Director Policy Reform and Advocacy, Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Jennifer Thornton, Manager, Data as a Strategic Asset, Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Courtney Brown, Vice President, Strategic Impact, Lumina Foundation
  1. Communicate

Innovations in Data Visualization

From identifying data anomalies to delivering key conclusions, the art of data visualization is invaluable at all stages of analysis.  In this session, three presenters will discuss their data visualization best practices and applications, and showcase how they have used data visualizations to improve their programs and solve critical data issues.  Guests are encouraged to bring questions for an open thirty-minute Q&A.

  • Kimberly Hauge, Policy Analyst, Economic Opportunity, National Governors Association
  • Jonathan Porat, Regulatory Economist, SBA Office of Advocacy
  • Michael Crow, Chief Data Illuminator, Crow Insight, LLC

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm          Exhibit Hall Break

Plenary Panel Discussion
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm          The Case for Enterprise Data Management Leadership in the Federal Government

  • Peter Aiken, Founding Director and Owner, Data BluePrint
  • Gary Yakimov, ‎Chief, Judiciary Data and Analysis, ‎Administrative Office of the United States Courts

This session will describe the field of practice for enterprise data leaders (who serve the function of their agency’s ‘Chief Data Officers’) in both the public and private sector, including an update on various efforts to create a “field of practice” and “career paths” for data management and data strategy leaders across the federal government.  Participants will also learn about tools and techniques available to them today to help better lead enterprise data management efforts in their agencies.


DAY 2 – SEPTEMBER 14, 2017


8:30 am – 9:30 am           Breakfast

Plenary Session
9:00 am – 9:45 am           Washington Briefing

APDU has been working with many other organizations to educate policymakers on Capitol Hill and in the agencies about user needs, the critical challenges facing federal statistics, and the resources the agencies require to respond.  Learn more about the current challenges, our advocacy network and its efforts, and plans for 2018.

  • Dale Oak, President, Oak Federal Solutions
  • Howard Fienberg, Director of Government Affairs, Insights Association

Plenary Session
9:45 am – 10:15 am        #IgniteAPDU Talks (An APDU Public Data University Presentation)

Learn about hot topics and the latest trends in these lightning talks from a variety of speakers.

  • Ari Lamstein, Owner, Lamstein Consulting
  • R. Chase Sawyer, Survey Statistician, Census Bureau
  • Jonathan Ortiz, Data Scientist + Knowledge Engineer,
  • Mark Mather, Associate Vice President, U.S. Programs, Population Reference Bureau

10:15 am – 10:45 am      Exhibit Hall Break

Breakout Sessions
10:45 am – 12:00 pm

  1. Integrate

Data Integration to Improve Program Effectiveness

The discussion panel will explore how Federal agencies use administrative data in a variety of ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their policies and programs. The panel will discuss why the agencies use administrative data for evaluation and research as well as the benefits and challenges of using these administrative data for their research.  The presenters will focus on ways they resolved seemingly intractable challenges and the lessons that provides for others. The panel will highlight the agencies’ specific efforts in recent years to incorporate administrative data into program evaluation and research.

  • Molly Irwin, Chief Evaluation Officer, Department of Labor (DOL)
  • Mike Willis, Assistant Director in the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  1. Innovate

New (Innovative) Tools and Techniques to Empower Policymakers and the Public

This session showcases techniques that integrate data to empower policymakers and the public: A text-mining tool converts legal text into data for extracting insights from the enormous corpus of federal regulations, a new econometric model assessing the economic capacities of program grants and their long-term outcomes, and an innovative data system that uses a discoverable and downloadable web-based database.

  • Richard Schwinn, Research Economist, Small Business Administration
  • Laura Ross, Senior Research Analyst, SRI International
  • Michelle Riordan-Nold, Executive Director, CT Data Collaborative
  1. Communicate

Enhancing Data Literacy

Now more than ever, there is a huge amount of data made readily available to the public.  Talking the “data language” and knowing where to search for the data you are looking for however is not easy.  Join us for a discussion by data providers and data users who are tackling this issue head on by trying to help users become more knowledgeable about the data at their fingertips. The session focuses on how to teach people about data so they are more ‘data literate.’

  • Daniel Gillman, Information Scientist, Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Rachel Leventhal-Weiner, Data Engagement Specialist, Connecticut Data Collaborative
  • Laurie Sheldon, Adjunct Lecturer/Graduate Student, University of Arizona

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm        Networking Lunch

Plenary Session
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm           Keynote – Sarah Cohen, Assistant Editor for Computer-Assisted Reporting, New York Times

“Public Data for the People: Data Journalism’s Vital Role In Telling the Important Stories”

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm          Exhibit Hall Break

Plenary Session
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm          Public Data University Presents: The 2017 Data Viz Awards

Plenary Session
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm          Census Bureau – Today and Tomorrow

Census 2020 is top of mind for many, and this session will focus on progress and the challenges.  The session will also provide an update on where the Bureau stands in presenting data through as a replacement for American FactFinder.  With FY2018 beginning October 1, how will Census address the mammoth challenge of accomplishing the decennial census while maintaining the other surveys that we all rely on?

Lisa Blumerman, Associate Director for Decennial Census Programs, Census Bureau

4:00 pm                                 Conference adjourns