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US Government Seeks Feedback on Techniques and Methodologies Involving Federal Statistics

The US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has released a Request for Information (RFI) asking for feedback on improving statistical research and methodologies, particularly relating to combining multiple data sources, across the network of federal agencies producing statistical data.

According to the RFI, “information is requested on: (1) Current and emerging techniques for linking and analyzing combined data; (2) ongoing research on methods to describe the quality of statistical products that result from these techniques; (3) computational frameworks and systems for conducting such work; (4) privacy or confidentiality issues that may arise from combining such data; and (5) suggestions for additional research in those or related areas.”

Written comments may include a list of published works (or other products) as well as ongoing research and research practices in the private and public sectors relating to combining data from multiple sources.

Federal statistical data helps inform policymakers on critical issues affecting their communities and the nation, enabling evidence-based planning and decision making at all policy levels. Psychological scientists, among many researchers who rely on federal statistical data for their work, have the ability to provide valuable feedback on emerging and effective statistical technologies and methods.

The deadline to submit written comments is March 12, 2018. For more information about the RFI, click here.

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