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2024 Virtual Research Symposium, Contextualizing Data: Institutionalizing Actionable Resources in the Public Sector

  • June 05, 2024
  • 9:30 AM
  • June 06, 2024
  • 2:00 PM
  • Virtual



In an era where data is recognized as a critical asset, the potential for informed decision-making and effective governance is vast. However, the use of data as a lever for public participation and societal benefit requires more than just mere collection and analytics. Meaningful use demands a strategic framework that enables the institutionalization for data as an actionable resource within the public sector. 

The Data Foundation and George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration invite the academic community (faculty and students), policy-makers and -influencers, practitioners, and data scientists to contribute proposals that explore the multifaceted challenges and opportunities for contextualizing data in public sector organizations.

Proposals are encouraged to address one of the following themes:

  • Strategies for embedding data-driven decision-making within public sector institutions at the federal, state, or local level
  • The role of technology and infrastructure in facilitating the use of data
  • Innovative methods for facilitating data quality, security, and privacy in public sector applications, including with AI
  • Case studies about successful data integration demonstrating either short-term or long-term impacts on public services and policy that help build a body of evidence about the usefulness and value of data activities
  • Innovative approaches to engaging the public and key stakeholders in the collection, use, and governance of data, including emerging uses of to promote participation

    Proposals should articulate the resources available and used for stakeholders that enable action. Within each presentation, presenters should also aim to offer insights about how data can be systematically transformed into an institutional asset that drives efficiency, transparency, and public value. We are particularly interested in contributions that provide actionable recommendations for policy, practice, and research, and also suggest where future policy research opportunities may be beneficial for the community in the next five years.

    Proposals may consider perspectives from expert observations, gray literature, and peer-reviewed research, but must be responsive to the theme.


    Wednesday, June 5, 2023

    9:30 a.m. - Opening Remarks 

    9:40 a.m. - Cross-Agency Data Governance is Essential for Data-Driven Leadership (Group)

    10:25 a.m. - Break [5 minutes] 

    10:30 a.m. - Strategies and Tools from a Federal Project to Increase Data Analytic Capacity of State and Local TANF Agencies (Group)

    11:15 a.m. - Transforming Community Hazard Mitigation Planning with Generative AI: The PARC Pilot by FEMA (Group)

    11:30 a.m. - Break [5 minutes] 

    11:35 a.m. - The Role of Private Management Consultants in Promoting Cooperative Compliance in the Era of Digitalization of Tax Administration (Group)

    12:20 p.m. - An Equity Data Dashboard for Grantmaking in the Arts – Learning and Growing Together (Group)

    1:05 p.m. - Integrated Network Solutions in Government Hiring Trends (INSIGHT+) (Group)

    1:50 p.m. - Closing Remarks

    Thursday, June 6, 2023

    9:30 a.m. - Opening Remarks

    9:40 a.m. - Maximizing the Value of Public Data through Technology and Infrastructure (Group)  

    10:25 a.m. - Does Performance Inform Budget at a Deeper Organizational Level? – A Study of Interactions of Performance and Program Budget Change (Group)

    11:10 a.m. - Break [5 minutes] 

    11:15 a.m. - TBD (Group)

    12:00 p.m. - Real-World Projects Utilizing Administrative Data: “Show and Tell” (Group) 

    12:45 p.m. - Break [5 minutes] 

    12:50 p.m. - Does Performance Inform Budget at a Deeper Organizational Level? (Group) 

    1:35 p.m. - Closing Remarks




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