and statisticians, it is no simple matter to determine what information is relevant to policy. Third, budget constraints and reporting burdens on the private-sector limit and may preclude some new data collection efforts, so there is a premium on deriving more value from existing sources, for example, by linking data sets, and on cooperation with academic researchers, businesses, industrial organizations, and for-profit research firms. For these reasons, the workshop was designed to elicit suggestions for incremental improvements as well as steps that would significantly advance understanding and to explore opportunities for public-private partnerships.



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