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Data Symposium 2021: Exploring Emerging Data Capabilities in Government

  • May 18, 2021
  • 10:00 AM
  • May 21, 2021
  • 1:00 PM
  • Virtual

Data Symposium 2021: Exploring Emerging Data Capabilities in Government

Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 10:00 AM - Friday, May 21, 2021, 1:00 PM



With rapid advances in technology and data infrastructure, new applications and approaches to responsibly and ethically use data to improve our society are ready for adoption. The legal framework established by the Evidence Act in the federal government and maturing leadership roles for chief data officers, evaluation officers, and statistical officials suggest a realm of new abilities, possibilities, and uses of government data. Data capabilities can align with and encourage effective policy implementation, including for national strategies for addressing social equity, reducing disparities in economic mobility, improving public health, and more. 

During the Data Foundation’s four day virtual symposium, May 18-21, in partnership with George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, participants engaged with peers and colleagues in the data community on timely, relevant topics facing our country’s use of data for an equitable, data-informed society. 

Agenda & Speakers

Each day will run from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT. Agenda will update periodically and subject to change.

Day 1: Social Equity and Civil Rights (May 18)

Opening Remarks

  • Nick Hart, President, Data Foundation
  • Sarah Cunningham, CGFM, Director, Summit LLC

Monitoring Federal Covid-19 Relief Spending for Equity: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Dr. Brandon I. Brockmyer, Director of Research, Project on Government Oversight  (POGO)
  • Sean Moulton, Senior Policy Analyst, POGO
  • Leslie Garvey, Creative Director, POGO

Responsibly Imputing a New Race and Ethnicity Variable

  • Alena Stern, Senior Data Scientist, Urban Institute
  • Steven Brown, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute

Why Federal Surveys Can't Capture Measures of the Economic Consequences of Systemic Racism, and What Might We Do About It

  • Randall Akee, Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Public Policy and American Indian Studies, Nonresident Fellow, Brookings Institution
  • Lucia Foster, Chief of the Center for Economic Studies and Chief Economist, U.S. Bureau of the Census
  • John Haltiwanger, Professor of Economics, University of Maryland, Chair, AEA Committee on Economic Statistics, Research Associate, NBER  (Discussant)
  • Linwood Tauheed, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Missouri - Kansas City, Department of Economics, and Past President, National Economic Association
  • Erica L. Groshen, Senior Labor Economics Advisor at Cornell University ILR School

Day 2: Public Health (May 19)

Opening Remarks

  • Kathy Newcomer, Board Member, Data Foundation and Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration, George Washington University
  • Corinna Turbes, Managing Director, Data Coalition Initiative

Advance the Mission of Public Health with Data Intelligence

  • Charles Gabrial, IT Project Manager, Federal Electronic Health Record Modernization (FEHRM)
  • Helen Xing, Head of Public Sector Channel and Alliances, Collibra
  • Alexis Bonnell, Emerging Technology Evangelist, GCP and former Chief Innovation Officer, USAID
  • Terry Hemken, Global Managing Director, Accenture

Growing Impacts of Uneven Access to Data on the Social and Public Health of Underserved Communities

  • Julia Knox, Data Scientist, Rotunda Solutions, Inc.
  • Steven Lee, Director of Research and Analytics, Rotunda Solutions, Inc.

The COVID Impact Survey

  • Abigail Wozniak, Ph.D., Fellow, Data Foundation and Director, Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute and Senior Research Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Day 3: Economic Mobility (May 20)

Opening Remarks

  • Nick Hart, President, Data Foundation
  • Taquisha Cherry, Partner and Head of Civilian Practice, Kearney & Co.

Using Data to Drive Economic Mobility: A View from the States

  • Nichole Dunn, Senior Advisor, Federal Policy, Results for America (moderator)
  • Leila Al-Hamoodah, Operations Advisor, Operations and Cabinet Affairs, State of Colorado
  • Pete Bernardy, Results Management Director, State of Minnesota 
  • Adam Leonard, Director of Operational Insight, Texas Workforce Commission

Working Together to Use Data to Improve Outcomes

  • Richard Hendra, Director, Center for Data Insights, MDRC

Economic Mobility - Getting Federal Government to Real Time Decision Making

  • Ali Bandukwalla, Principal, Deloitte Consulting
  • Kevin Harlen, Senior Consultant, Analytics & Cognitive Government & Public Services, Deloitte Consulting
  • Aleks Ontman, Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting

Day 4: Data Innovation (May 21)

Opening Remarks

  • Dean Ritz, Chair of the Data Foundation Board of Directors and Senior Director, Structured Data Initiatives, Workiva

Improving Morbidity and Mortality Reporting for Large Scale Epidemics and Natural Disasters

  • Charles Rothwell, former Director of the National Center for Health Statistics
  • Maureen Lichtveld, MD, MPH, Dean Graduate School of Public Health and Jonas Salk Chair in Population Health, University of Pittsburgh
  • Michael A. Stoto, PhD, Professor of Health Systems Administration and Population Health, Georgetown University
  • WC (Craig) Vanderwagen, MD, Former Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), Department of Health of Human Services
  • Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH Director of the University of Colorado Center for Bioethics and Humanities

Innovations in Data Integration

  • Lisa Mirel, Chief of the Special Projects Branch, Office of Analysis and Epidemiology, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Supporting Equitable and Effective Policymaking Through Strategic Evidence Planning

  • Kelly Fitzsimmons, Founder and Chief Executive, Project Evident
  • Carrie Cihak, Chief of Policy, King County Metro
  • Betina Jean-Louis, Principal Consultant, Arc of Evidence
  • Diana Epstein, Evidence Team Lead, Office of Management and Budget
  • Sam Schaeffer, Chief Executive Officer, Center for Employment Opportunities

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