Agenda – 2014 Annual Conference

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

8:00-8:45 am – Breakfast and Registration
8:45-9:00 am – Welcome and Introduction
Location: Rosslyn Ballroom
9:00-10:15 am – The Public Data Revolution:  Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Heading
Location: Rosslyn Ballroom
With revolutions in the open data and big data movements, public data becomes one of several sources for business and community intelligence. A panel of experts will discuss the major themes of this data evolution, how sources are being blended and new information created.

Jeff Chapman, Director, Economic Development, Pew Charitable Trusts
Daniel Castro, Director, Center for Data Innovation
Hjalmar Gislason, Founder, DataMarket (Presentation PDF)
Cavan Capps, Big Data Lead, U.S. Census Bureau (Presentation PDF)
Virginia Carlson, Data Strategist at IMPACT/Planning Council (Presentation PDF)
10:15-10:45 am – Exhibit Hall Break
10:45-12:00 pm – Breakout Sessions
Communications and Tools Track:
Visualization and Communicating Data to the Public
Location: Shenandoah Room
With the rise of data journalism’s use of visualization techniques, more policymakers and media outlets are devoting space to data-driven analysis, but it must be easy to digest for time-constrained executives. This session will give you information and tools to communicate research both visually and through key messages.

Kenneth E. Poole, Executive Director, Association of Public Data Users
Bradford Hesse, Chief, Health Communication and Informatics Research, National Institutes of Health (Presentation PDF)
Jonathan Schwabish, Senior Researcher, Urban Institute (Presentation PDF)
Michael Pack, Director, Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory, University of Maryland
Research Track:
Administrative Data: Promise vs. Privacy
Location: Dogwood Room
The use of administrative data for statistical purposes provides great opportunity to the data user but there are often obstacles to widespread access and use. Panelists will discuss the application of administrative data versus concerns about privacy.

Erin Holve, Senior Director, Research and Education in HSR, AcademyHealth (Intro PDF)
Allison Oelschlaeger, Special Assistant, Office of Information Products and Data Analytics, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Presentation PDF)
Erika McEntarfer, Lead Economist, Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics Research, U.S. Census Bureau (Presentation PDF)
David Hiles, Supervisory Economist, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (Presentation PDF)
12:15-1:00 pm – Lunch
1:00-1:45 pm – Keynote: Innovations in Public Data
Location: Rosslyn Ballroom
One of the biggest challenges of “big data” is identifying ways to collect, integrate, and analyze massive amounts of data for the public good. Author and economist, Julia Lane will discuss the best uses of technology to maximize the utility of data access while minimizing information risk.

Warren Brown, President, APDU
Senior Research Associate, Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research
Julia Lane, Fellow, American Institutes of Research (Presentation PDF)
2:00-3:15 pm – Breakout Sessions
Communications and Tools Track:
Web Tools for Data Analysis
Location: Shenandoah Room
As more web-based resources and tools become available, researchers and analysts benefit in accessing the data they need. Learn more about a few interesting development in resources and tools that can help enhance your ability to analyze data and disseminate meaningful, reliable research.

Kevin McAvey, Manager of Analytics, Massachusetts Center for Health Information and Analysis (Presentation PDF)
Nick Lyell, Senior Research Associate, National Association of Counties
Nesreen Khashan, Data Dissemination Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau
Steven B. Cohen, Director, Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends, US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Presentation PDF)
Research Track:
Solving Local and Regional Problems with Data
Location: Dogwood Room
There’s more attention to data at every level, and policymakers are finding that available administrative records can help guide decision making. Learn how some are using this type of data to discover insights and better inform policy decisions.

Cliff Cook, Planning Information Manager, City of Cambridge
Erin Dalton, Deputy Director, Office of Data Analysis, Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Pittsburgh, PA (Presentation PDF)
Sue Mukherjee, Director, Center for Workforce Information and Analysis, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (Presentation PDF)
Jessie Partridge, Research Analyst, Metropolitan Planning Council, Boston, MA (Presentation PDF)
Christian Peratsakis, Project Manager, Socrata (Presentation PDF)
3:15-3:45 pm – Exhibit Hall Break
3:45-5:00 pm – What Happens to Public Data in the Open Market?
Location: Rosslyn Ballroom
Many private sector businesses act as intermediaries, providing data to clients, helping to improve their economic, social, and industry-based decision-making. But how do end users interact with public data as it passes through this “food chain”? What can business tell us about the reach of public data, its value to consumers, and the types of consumers who ultimately use this data? A panel of businesses will discuss the lessons they’ve learned from users.

Ken Hodges, Demographer, Nielsen
Matt Kaneshiro, Research Demographer, Nielsen (Presentation PDF)
Katie Nelson, Associate Director of Data & Product Development, PolicyMap (Presentation PDF)
Ron Skupien, Director, Business Development, GIS Solutions (Presentation PDF)
Cheryl Hayes, Manager of Exposure Group, AIR-Worldwide (Presentation PDF)
5:00-7:00 pm – Reception

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

8:30-9:00 am – Breakfast
8:45-9:30 am – Washington Briefing
Location: Rosslyn Ballroom
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 2015.

Mary Jo Hoeksema, Public Affairs Specialist, Population Association of America
Mike Anderson, Legislative Assistant, International Council of Shopping Centers (Handout PDF)
Joan Naymark, Director, MACS – Minnesotans for the American Community Survey (Presentation PDF)
Kenneth E. Poole, Executive Director, Association of Public Data Users (Presentation PDF)
9:30-9:45 am – Exhibit Hall Break
9:45-10:45 pm – Breakout Sessions
Communications and Tools Track:
Simplifying Data Overload Using Indicators
Location: Dogwood Room
A wide variety of organizations are working to make data more accessible to lay users. The key is not to create more, but instead to transform data into something that means something to people. Making data “human readable” often means synthesizing variables into measures that have context. Presenters will focus on how indicators can translate data into information and dashboards that can make data expressive.

Kathy Pettit, Senior Research Associate, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute
Laila Bell, Director of Research and Data, NC Child (Presentation PDF)
David Epstein, Research Associate, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance, Jacob France Institute, University of Baltimore (Presentation PDF)
Bridget Booske Catlin, Senior Scientist, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (Presentation PDF)
Research Track:
Comparing Income and Poverty Measures
Location: Shenandoah Room
Whether through the Supplemental Poverty Measure or various “experimental” measures over the past few decades, measuring poverty has its challenges. Panelists will discuss different methodologies and opportunities for improvement and the status of legislative initiatives.

Dan Weinberg, Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory, Virginia Tech
Kathleen Short, Economist, U.S. Census Bureau (Presentation PDF)
Thesia Garner, Senior Research Economist, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (Presentation PDF)
Laura Wheaton, Senior Fellow, Income and Benefits Policy Center, Urban Institute (Presentation PDF)
10:45-11:15 am – Exhibit Hall Break
11:15-12:00 pm – #IgniteAPDU Keynote (an APDU Public Data University Presentation):  Government’s Role in Data’s Future
Location: Rosslyn Ballroom
The Department of Commerce recently released their Open for Business strategic plan, in which data plays a pivotal role. What role do statistics really play in a data-driven strategy to promote American competitiveness and economic prosperity?

Cliff Cook, APDU Conference Co-Chair Planning Information Manager, City of Cambridge
Mark Doms, Undersecretary for Economic Affairs, Economics & Statistics Administration
12:00-12:45 pm – Networking Lunch
1:00-1:45 pm – #IgniteAPDU Talks (an APDU Public Data University Presentation)
Location: Rosslyn Ballroom
Various speakers present 5-minute talks on hot trends and topics. Speakers can be a mix of members and sponsors/vendors.

Kathy Pettit, Senior Research Associate, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute
  1. Using the Web Data Tools to “Teach, Enable, Share”
    — Doug Marcey
    , Director of Engineering, Phase2 (Presentation PDF)
  2. Quantitative Law and Policy: Examples from LawAtlas
    — Sarah Happy
    , Director of Policy Surveillance, Public Health Law Research, Temple University (Presentation PDF)
  3. – Enabling U.S. Exports Through Open Data
    — Kimberly Becht
    , Deputy Program Manager, Web Presence, U.S. International Trade Administration (Presentation PDF)
  4. Building from the Ground Up: Museum and Library Data and the Federal Statistical System
    — Carlos Manjarrez
    , Director of the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Institute of Museum and Library Services (Presentation PDF)
  5. Bringing Data to Life: Visualization Techniques for Public Data
    — Carmen Jenkins
    , Program Manager and Software Engineer, General Dynamics Information Technology (Presentation PDF)
  6. Using Tableau to Present Data
    — Melissa Maynard
    , Pew Charitable Trusts
1:45-2:00 pm – Featured #IgniteAPDU Innovation Talk: New Public Data Collaborations
Location: Rosslyn Ballroom
The Census Bureau and the National Center on Health Statistics teamed up to introduce new ways to measure health insurance in the changing environment. Estimates due for release on September 16.

Nancy Potok, Deputy Director, U.S. Census Bureau (Presentation PDF)
2:00-2:30 pm – Exhibit Hall Break
2:30-4:00 pm – Scenarios: The Role of Federal Statistical Agencies in 2020
Location: Rosslyn Ballroom
Information technology is greatly expanding the capacities of governments, nonprofits, and commercial vendors to collect, analyze, disseminate, and add value to enormous volumes of public data. Panelists will discuss the implications of these changes for the role of the federal statistical system in 2020.

Brian Harris-Kojetin, Senior Statistician, Statistical and Science Policy Branch, Office of Management and Budget
Ron Jarmin, Assistant Director of Research and Methodology, Census Bureau (Presentation PDF)
Michael Horrigan, Associate Commissioner, Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (Presentation PDF)
Kimberly Vitelli, Chief, Division of National Programs, Tools, and Technical Assistance, Employment and Training Administration (Presentation PDF)
Constance Citro, Director, Committee on National Statistics, National Academy of Sciences
4:00 pm – Conference Adjourns