Coleridge Initiative

Value of Science: Data, Products & Use

June 23-24,2021

Co-Sponsored by the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics and the Harvard Data Science Initiative

About the Conference

Join the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics and the Coleridge Initiative for this two-day conference to advance understanding of the value of data by showcasing new data, products and use resulting from recent NCSES investments.

The Value of Science: Data, Products & Use Conference is intended to advance understanding of the value of data by showcasing new data, products and use resulting from recent data investments. The speakers, who are experts from social science and computer science, will discuss how new ways of connecting and linking data can advance the empirical basis of our understanding of the value of science. The results of the workshop will be highlighted in a series of scientific papers in the Harvard Data Science Review to both inform a future research agenda and other public data investments.

Without evidence, the federal government is an ineffective fiduciary on behalf of the taxpayer. Unfortunately, in many instances, federal decision-makers do not have access to the data necessary to best inform decisions. In such instances, agencies are unable to show the benefits or impacts of the programs they administer and cannot determine what, if any, unintended consequences are created by programs, or whether programs can be improved.

Agenda

All times EDT

Day 1: Value of Science​

Moderated by Julia Lane

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Session 1: A Framework

Reactions

Emilda Rivers

Director, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics

Michael Stebbins

President, Science Advisors, LLC

Former Assistant Director for Biotechnology in Obama White House Office of Science and Technology

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Session 2: Show Us the Data

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Henry Kautz

Division Director, National Science Foundation Division of Information and Intelligence

Professor, University of Rochester

 

Jonathan Auerbach

Assistant Professor, George Mason University

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Break

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Summary and Overview of Day 2

Julia Lane

Co-Founder, The Coleridge Initiative

Professor, New York University 

 

Frauke Kreuter

Professor, University of Maryland College Park Professor, University of Munich

Day 2: Developing Products, Value and Communities

Moderated by Frauke Kreuter

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Session 1: New Data Products

What We Have Learned

Craig Jones

Deputy Government Statistician for New Zealand

 

Conference Paper

Building on Aotearoa New Zealand’s Integrated Data Infrastructure

 

Conference Slides

Video Presentation

The Opportunity with State and Federal Data

Jessica Cunningham

Executive Director, Kentucky Center for Statistics

  1. Multi-State Postsecondary Report
  2. The Multi-State Post-Secondary Dashboard

Conference Paper

Uniting our Data to Inform our States

Video Presentation

 

Reactions

Daniel Goroff

Vice President and Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Barry Johnson

Director, Statistics of Income Division, Internal Revenue Service

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Break

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Session 3: Creating New Communities

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Clemencia Cosentino

Chief Evaluation Officer, National Science Foundation

 

Frauke Kreuter

Professor, University of Maryland College Park Professor, University of Munich

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Closing Comments and Next Steps

Xiao-Li Meng

Professor, Harvard University

Founding Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Data Science Review

 

Nancy Potok

Former U.S. Chief Statistician 

Former Chief of Statistical and Science Policy at U.S. Office of Management and Budget

Speakers

Paul Romer
Paul Romer
Emilda Rivers
Emilda Rivers
Toby Smith
Toby Smith
Michael Stebbins
Michael Stebbins
Julia Lane
Julia Lane
Bruce Weinberg
Bruce Weinberg
Andrew Toole
Andrew Toole
Wan Ying Chang
Wan-Ying Chang
Henry Kautz
Henry Kautz
Jonathan Auerbach
Jonathan Auerbach
Jeff Jonas
Jeff Jonas
Helen Nissenbaum
Helen Nissenbaum
Rayid Ghani
Rayid Ghani
Mary Bohman
Mary Bohman
Xiao-Li Meng
Xiao-Li Meng
Frauke Kreuter
Frauke Kreuter
craig jones
Craig Jones
Jessica Cunningham
Jessica Cunningham
Jevin West
Jevin West
Daniel Goroff
Daniel Goroff
Barry Johnson
Barry Johnson
James Evans
James Evans
Kaye Husbands Fealing
Kaye Husbands Fealing
Christine Chomienne
Christine Chomienne
Spiro Stefanou
Spiro Stafanou
Jason Owen-Smith
Jason Owen-Smith
Ed Smith-Lewis
Ed Smith-Lewis
Clemencia Cosentino
Clemencia Cosentino
Nancy Potok
Nancy Potok

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