Indiana University SPEA Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy University of Pennsylvania AIR American University

Roundtable: Data for Evidence-Based Policy Making
(The Impacts of Politics on the Policy Process)

Thursday, November 12, 2015: 1:45 PM-3:15 PM
Brickell North (Hyatt Regency Miami)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Roundtable Organizers:  Bruce Meyer, University of Chicago
Moderators:  Bruce Meyer, University of Chicago
Speakers:  Jon Baron, Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Shelly Wilkie Martinez, U. S. Office of Management and Budget, Matthew Weidinger, U.S. House of Representatives, Ways and Means Committee and James Sullivan, University of Notre Dame

The panel will discuss the implications of the Ryan/Murray Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission, especially its provisions on improving administrative data on federal programs and tax expenditures and broader access to federal data in order to advance program evaluation and social science research. Topics will include the need for linking data across programs and to survey data, possible ways analysts could access such data, and how confidentiality of the data will be preserved. The untapped value of administrative data will be highlighted as well as efforts underway to improve existing datasets.