2024 Annual Conference – Agenda

2024 APDU Annual Conference

2024 Annual Conference
Unlocking the Power of Public Data
July 23-24, 2024

Georgetown University Capitol Campus
500 First St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 AM – 9:10 AM Welcome & Opening Remarks
Amy O’Hara, Georgetown University
9:10 AM – 10:00 AM

Keynote Speaker

Terry Ao Minnis, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Networking Break
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Exploring the Use of Public Data in the Newsroom

Journalists increasingly use public data to help tell stories, investigate potential wrongdoing, and explain our changing world to a wide variety of readers. This panel of data journalists will explore how they use public data in their newsrooms. We will dive into strengths and weaknesses of public data from a journalist’s perspective, and we will discuss the trials and tribulations journalists face when trying to use and access public data.

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM Using Court Records Data to Lift Up Inequities in Housing and Rental Outcomes

Criminal and civil court data are technically public, but they can be difficult to access, process, and use for researchers, advocacy organizations, and the wider community. This panel of Urban Institute researchers will describe three projects that leverage court data from a variety of sources to shed light on the demographics of people facing eviction, explore limitations and biases in the ways tenant screen companies collect data for automated decision-making on rental applications, and examine how housing stability varies over time and household characteristics for those receiving HUD assistance.

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch (on your own)
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Assessing Communities and Improving Lives with Tools and Dashboard driven by Public Data

Public data are immensely helpful for monitoring communities and tracking changes over time, but they can be difficult for the general public to find, collect, and analyze. Creating tools and dashboards provide the public with easier access and targeted insights into data. This session provides overviews of tools and dashboards related to census and American Community Survey data, spatial data equity, Earned Income Tax Credit participation, and the health and vitality of the arts in the United States.

  • Important Updates and Changes to data.census.gov
    Maria Valdisera, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Using IRS Zip Code Tax Filing Data to Expand Earned Income Tax Credit Participation (EITC)
    David Park, National League of Cities
  • Mining Federal Data to Monitor the Arts Ecosystem
    Patricia Mullaney-Loss, National Endowment for the Arts
    Ashley Roberts, American Institutes for Research
    Thomas Snyder, American Institutes for Research
  • Unlocking Public Data for Spatial Equity Analysis
    Alena Stern, Urban Institute
    Gabe Morrison, Urban Institute
2:30 PM – 3:15 PM Using Public Data to Analyze Housing Assistance and Quality

    • Who Is Missing Out On Welfare? Using Computational Methods To Evaluate Households That Are Eligible For Energy Assistance In Minnesota
      Bhavin Pradhan, University of Minnesota
    • Hazardous Homes: Childhood Lead Poisoning, Family Relocation, and Implications for Public Policy
      Frank Ridzi, LeMoyne College
      Colby Cyrus, Central New York Community Foundation
    • Storytelling in the Age of Big Data: Lessons from Citizen Science for Administrative Data Use
      Nick Hart, Data Foundation
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM Networking Break
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Practical Lessons from the AARP Livability Index™ Platform

A livable community is where people of all ages and backgrounds feel welcomed and have a sense of belonging. Community members should have access to housing that meets their needs and a range of transportation options that get them to their desired destinations. They should also be able to find a variety of amenities and services: healthy food, health care, places to socialize and interact with friends and neighbors, and places to enjoy the outdoors or exercise. With these features, people stay active and engaged in their communities at every life stage.

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM Reception
Sponsored by Social Explorer
Social Explorer
Wednesday, July 24, 2024
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Exploring the Power of Public Data

The public data landscape is constantly changing, with the introduction of new concepts, new methods for analyzing data, new applications for public data, and innovative ways of linking data from disparate sources to yield new insights. This session includes presentations that cover the rapidly changing landscape of public data.

  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Data Accessibility and Availability: A Connecticut Case Study
    Shannon Carter, DataHaven
  • Toward a 21st Century National Data Infrastructure: Managing Privacy and Confidentiality Risks with Blended Data
    Jennifer Park, NASEM
  • Integrating National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Data to Tell The Story of American Education
    William Duncan, University of Kansas
10:15 AM – 12:00 PM Data Storytelling Finalists

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Lunch (on your own)
1:15 PM – 2:00 PM Activating Public Data to Create Economic Opportunity: A Joint Conversation on the National Labor Exchange and the Workforce Almanac

In today’s rapidly evolving economic landscape, understanding the dynamics of workforce training supply and labor demand across US regions is paramount. By exploring the intricate interplay between workforce training availability and the shifting demand for knowledge, skills, and abilities of an ever-evolving job market, this panel illuminates how public data available through the Workforce Almanac and National Labor Exchange Research Hub can help foster economic growth, enhance job market efficiency, and empower decision-makers to make informed resource allocation decisions.

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM How Can Better Civil Court Data Improve the Lives of Everyday Americans

Accessing civil court data has varied greatly by state, making it difficult to learn how court impacts people’s livelihoods, housing, and safety. This panel describes important advances in accessing and processing state civil court data on debt collection and evictions, and then how those data can be used to establish and improve strategic court and community partnerships.

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Networking Break
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Data Storytelling Award & Closing Remarks

Amy O’Hara, Georgetown University
David Van Riper, University of Minnesota

Nearby Lunch Spots

Z Burger 500 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001 (100 ft)
Cafe Alice 440 First St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (350 ft)
SunDeVich 601 New Jersey Ave NW Entrance on, G St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (500 ft)
Ministry Coffee 601 New Jersey Avenue NW Washington DC, 20001 (500 ft)
The Dubliner 4 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 (0.2 miles)
Love, Makoto 200 Massachusetts Ave., NW, STE 150, Washington, DC 20001 (0.3 miles)
Tatte Bakery 250 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001 (0.3 miles)
Union Station Dining 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE Washington, DC 20002 (0.3 miles)

Be sure to bring your lanyard and ID to get back in the building for the afternoon and Day 2 sessions!