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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on National Statistics
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Committee on National Statistics Public Seminar
National Statistics for Public Policy: Linkages Among Federal, State and Local Data

States, cities, and counties regularly collect and utilize administrative and statistical information in support of local policy uses, but these efforts have largely been undertaken with relatively little attention being given to coordinating those efforts with the actions of federal statistical agencies or across states. While the central tendency for federal statistical efforts is to focus on concerns that exist across all states, asking the same questions and using the same methods in all states and regions, the central tendency for states and localities that collect statistical information is to solve problems specific to their jurisdictions, which may complement or supplement available federal data. However, states, cities, and counties also face common issues leading to similar needs for statistical information to help make local area and regional decisions.

The seminar showcases efforts and barriers to building an infrastructure and integrating data from different state and local government administrative sources and the potential implications for regional and national statistics. Presenters will discuss their work using and integrating state and local data from different states and areas, as well as efforts to coordinate across different areas to conduct multisite research and evaluation. The presenters will describe the policy issues they are addressing, the available data they have used, and the challenges they have faced in integrating data. The panel members will discuss issues of data governance, access, capacity, successful models that can be applied elsewhere, and implications for national statistics.


Robert Goerge, Chapin Hall
Benefits and Challenges of Using Administrative Data for Statistical Purposes

Heather Rouse and Cassandra Dorius, Iowa State University
Iowa's Integrated Data System: A State-University Partnership in Early Childhood Policy Analysis

Dennis Culhane, University of Pennsylvania 
Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP)

Amy O'Hara, Georgetown University  
Supporting Data Access Within and Across Agencies

Friday May 10, 2019 | 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
NAS Building
Lecture Room
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

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