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Clifford C. Clogg Memorial Lecture: “Promoting Evidence-Based Policymaking at the National Level”

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Social statistician Robert M. Groves, executive vice president and provost of Georgetown University and former director of the U.S. Census Bureau will present two free, public lectures as part of the 2018 Clifford C. Clogg Memorial Lectures. He will present a lecture intended for a general audience, titled “Promoting Evidence-Based Policymaking at the National Level,” at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 26, in 102 Thomas Building.
26 March 2018 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
102 Thomas Building
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Lecture abstract: In September 2017, the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking delivered its final report to the US Congress. It was received with deep appreciation from Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray, the prime movers behind the law that created the Commission. We will review the causes and consequences of the creation of the Commission. The key recommendations of the Commission will be discussed.

At nearly the same time as the Commission report was delivered to Congress, an independent group, a panel of the National Academies of Sciences, issued its second report with recommendations on how the US Federal Statistical System could adapt to important data changes. The report discusses a response to the falling participation rates in surveys, the inflation of their costs of data collection, the rise of new internet-based data sources, and the policy and technical problems of blending data together to produce statistics for the common good. Key recommendations of this panel will be discussed.

In combination, the two reports offer a vision of important potential new developments in social science data derived from Federal government activities.

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