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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on National Statistics
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

134th CNSTAT Meeting Public Seminar

"New Directions for Federal Statistics from the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking and the CNSTAT Innovations in Federal Statistics Reports"
A Seminar in Honor of Constance F. Citro

Friday, October 20, 2017

2:15—4:30 PM

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20418



The Promise of Evidence-Based Policymaking
Katharine Abraham, University of Maryland and Co-chair, Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking
Ron Haskins, The Brookings Institution and Co-chair, Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking

Federal Statistics, Multiple Data Sources, and Privacy Protection: Next Steps
Robert M. Groves, Georgetown University, and Chair, Panel on Improving Federal Statistics Using Multiple Data Sources

Connie Citro’s Contributions to CNSTAT, Social Policy Research, and the Federal Statistical System
Brian Harris-Kojetin, Director, CNSTAT

: The Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking recently released their final report, The Promise of Evidence-Based Policymaking, which provides a number of recommendations that will directly impact national statistics. At the center of their recommendations is the establishment of a National Secure Data Service in the Department of Commerce to facilitate access to data for evidence building while ensuring privacy and transparency in how those data are used. Other recommendations call for improved access to administrative data, modernizing privacy protections, and enhancing data access for external researchers. Similar themes were echoed in the CNSTAT report Innovations in Federal Statistics: Combining Data Sources While Protecting Privacy, released in January 2017. The second report from this panel, due out in early October, will review in greater depth than the first report statistical methods for combining data sources, quality frameworks, and approaches for protecting privacy, as well as elaborate on considerations for creating the recommended new entity for improving access to administrative and private-sector data. Presentations by the leaders of the Commission and the CNSTAT panel will focus on the key recommendations and implications for federal government statistical activities.

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