OMB Issues Memorandum to Improve Statistical Activities through Interagency Collaboration

This memorandum strongly encourages the Federal statistical agencies and units, and their parent Departments, to build interagency collaboration that will help the Federal statistical community more effectively meet the information needs of the 21st century. My memorandum of November 26, 2014, on Department Support for Implementation of Statistical Policy Directive No. 1, asked each Department…

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OMB’s Kathy Stack’s Impact on Government Shouldn’t be Overlooked

Kathy Stack retired after 34 years in government on Feb. 20. Most people probably never heard of her, saw her speak or even understand the impact she had on the management of government. But Stack, who spent the last 28 years at the Office of Management and Budget, was the quiet leader behind the move…

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Integrating Administrative Data: Routinizing Our Success and Exploring New Frontiers

The Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology’s conference held in December of 2014 featured a session on “Integrating Administrative Data: Routinizing Our Success and Exploring New Frontiers.” (Organizers: Shelly Martinez, OMB; Grace Medley, SAMHSA; John Eltinge, BLS; Kitty Smith, COPAFS) Chair:    Adam Sieminski, Administrator, Energy Information Administration From Demonstrating the Potential of Administrative Data in Statistical…

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White House Promotes IDS for Low Cost RCTs

The Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy convened leaders from the White House, Federal agencies, Congress, philanthropic foundations, and academia this week to explore an important development in the effort to build credible evidence about “what works” in social spending: low-cost randomized controlled trials (RCTs). The goal of the conference was…

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The Move Towards Rigorous Evaluation

The July 2014 New York Times article, “The Quiet Movement to Make Government Fail Less Often” emphasizes the importance of rigorous evaluation of government programs as the key to a more successful government. Recently, several evaluations have emerged, largely due to the growing availability of data. The article notes that the private sector has utilized…

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Open Movement in NY Exemplifies Data Uses

The Journal of the American Medical Association recently featured an article detailing open data in the State of New York. The article, “Liberating Data to Transform Health Care: New York’s Open Data Experience,” describes an open data revolution promoting data that’s publicly accessible, available in multiple formats, and free of charge, with unlimited use and…

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United States Postal Service Collects Housing Data for HUD

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has created a database – called the Address Management System – that contains property data on nearly all mailing addresses within the country. These data hold significant potential because they describe the universe of housing addresses within the United States and are frequently updated. The US Department of Housing…

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OMB Issues FY 2016 Budget Guidance

This guidance to department and agency heads specifically addresses how to move forward with regard to the July 26, 2013 OMB Memo, “Next Steps in the Evidence and Innovation Agenda.” OMB notes, “We appreciate agencies’ participation in the wide range of ongoing efforts to strengthen the use of data and evidence to drive better decision…

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OMB Issues Memo on Administrative Data Use

In Feb. 2014 OMB released a memo stressing the necessity of utilizing “existing data to facilitate agencies’ programmatic work and enhance the value of those data to the American public.” The memo contains four detailed elements that outline how federal agencies should move forward.   To access, the entire memo, click here. 

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OMB Memo Stresses Evidence and Innovation

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently issued a memorandum titled Next Steps in the Evidence and Innovation Agenda. This memo stresses the application of existing evidence as paramount to creating a government that is more responsive to the needs of its citizens. This memo offers suggestions to help agencies advance their evidence and…

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OMB Announces Major Evidence-Based Initiative

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently issued a memorandum calling for expanded capacity and use of evaluation and evidence in government decision-making. The document can be found here. From the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy ( http://www.coalition4evidence.org ): “In a potential breakthrough for evidence-based policy, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has launched a major new…

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