Appendix A
Workshop Agenda

FACILITATING INNOVATION IN THE FEDERAL STATISTICAL SYSTEM

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

National Academies Keck Center, Room 100

500 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC


Abstract: This workshop is intended to generate a wide spectrum of views on the state of innovation in the federal statistical system and possible ways to facilitate innovation in areas that are important for the future of the system. Representatives from the statistical system and the academic and private sectors are being invited to sit at a central table, with room for attendees on each side. The intent is to have a free-flowing set of discussions, which will be captured in a workshop summary to be widely distributed. Session I will focus on why innovation is necessary for the health of the federal statistical system and its ability to provide information for the public and decision makers. Session II will address areas in which innovation is not as well developed as would be desirable in terms of the cost, quality, timeliness, and relevance of federal statistics. Session III will address barriers to innovation and possible remedies. A panel will then discuss next steps in Session IV.



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Appendix A Workshop Agenda FACILITATING INNOVATION IN THE FEDERAL STATISTICAL SYSTEM Tuesday, June 29, 2010 National Academies Keck Center, Room 100 500 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC Abstract: This workshop is intended to generate a wide spectrum of views on the state of innovation in the federal statistical system and possible ways to facilitate innovation in areas that are important for the future of the system. Representatives from the statistical system and the academic and private sectors are being invited to sit at a central table, with room for attendees on each side. The intent is to have a free-flowing set of discussions, which will be captured in a workshop summary to be widely distributed. Session I will focus on why innovation is necessary for the health of the federal statistical system and its ability to provide information for the public and decision makers. Session II will address areas in which innovation is not as well developed as would be desirable in terms of the cost, quality, timeliness, and relevance of federal statistics. Session III will address barriers to innovation and possible remedies. A panel will then discuss next steps in Session IV. 47

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48 FACILITATING INNOVATION IN THE FEDERAL STATISTICAL SYSTEM 8:30 am Welcome and Introductory Remarks Conference Overview —Thomas Louis, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and Chair Welcome on Behalf of CNSTAT and the National Academies —Constance Citro, Director, Committee on National Statistics The Federal Perspective —Katherine Wallman, Chief Statistician, U.S. Office of Management and Budget 9:00 Session I: The Importance of Innovation in Federal Statistics Chair: Thomas Louis, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Discussants: Ron Bianchi, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture Lawrence Brown, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (CNSTAT chair) Lynda Carlson, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, National Science Foundation Kevin Cecco, Statistics of Income Division, Internal Revenue Service John Haltiwanger, Department of Economics, University of Maryland Mark Harris, National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA (member, ICSP working group on innovation) Brian Harris-Kojetin, Statistical and Science Policy Office, Office of Management and Budget Michael Horrigan, Bureau of Labor Statistics Graham Kalton, Westat Jennifer Madans, National Center for Health Statistics Thomas Mesenbourg, U.S. Census Bureau Sally Morton, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh Richard Newell, Energy Information Administration Barry Nussbaum, Office of Environmental Information, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Marilyn Seastrom, National Center for Education Statistics

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49 APPENDIX A Michael Sinclair, Bureau of Justice Statistics Alan Zaslavsky, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School 10:00 Session II: Scope of the Innovation Problem in Federal Statistics Chair: Thomas Louis, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Discussants: See list for Session I 12:00 pm Lunch 1:00 Session III: Barriers to Innovation and Possible Remedies Chair: Lawrence Brown, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania Discussants: David Banks, Department of Statistical Science, Duke University Cynthia Clark, National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA Manuel de la Puente, Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics, USDA Steven Dillingham, Bureau of Transportation Statistics Emerson Elliott, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education John Eltinge, Bureau of Labor Statistics (member, ICSP working group on innovation) Ivan Fellegi, Statistics Canada (emeritus) Robert Groves, U.S. Census Bureau Stuart Kerachsky, National Center for Education Statistics J. Steven Landefeld, Bureau of Economic Analysis Roderick J.A. Little, Department of Biostatistics, University of Michigan E.J. Reedy, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Allen Schirm, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. Ed Spar, Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics John Thompson, National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago Katherine Wallman, Statistical and Science Policy Office, OMB

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50 FACILITATING INNOVATION IN THE FEDERAL STATISTICAL SYSTEM 3:00 Break 3:30 Session IV: Next Steps Chair: Katherine Wallman, Statistical and Science Policy Office, OMB Panelists: Lawrence Brown, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania Thomas Louis, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Edward Sondik, National Center for Health Statistics General Discussion among discussants from previous session 4:30 Concluding Comments—Thomas Louis and Constance Citro 5:00 Adjourn