The Data Foundation is currently seeking an experienced researcher to serve as the full-time Research Director, providing oversight, strategic planning, and research support for all of the organization’s ongoing and forthcoming research projects.
The Data Foundation is seeking a new President who will lead, refine, and enhance its mission of defining an open future for our government’s and our society’s data. Interested parties should send a resume and a brief message describing their interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earlier this week, we hosted our second Grant Innovation Forum, sponsored by MorganFranklin Consulting and hosted by The Aspen Institute. The discussion was informed by our recently published report on the transformation of federal grant reporting titled Transforming Grant Reporting. Grant leaders from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Education, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the White House, and private sector gathered to discuss challenges facing the grantee and grantor community and how grant data can be used to better serve citizens.
Across government, compliance, and the private sector, there’s a new eagerness to standardize previously-unruly data sets, analyze them for game-changing insights, and share them more widely. At Data Transparency 2017 in Washington on Tuesday, September 26th, we’ll lead you on a tour through all these changes. You’ll learn how better data is making our government more governable, cutting the chaos and cost of compliance, and providing new value in the private sector.
There is a way to simplify regulatory compliance, streamline these processes, and save these costs. And it can be done without deregulating and without changing the substance of the information companies report to government. Australia’s Standard Business Reporting program shows us how.
In the spring of 2016, federal agencies were working hard to figure out how to meet the DATA Act’s ambitious mandate. Every agency had to organize its spending information to match a government-wide data format that the Treasury Department had just announced. The objective? Create a single, unified data set of the entire executive branch’s finances, to support transparency and analytics government-wide.
On May 10th, the Data Foundation’s sister organization, the Data Coalition will host the Texas Data Demo Day, where the Lone Star State will showcase its open data portals.Texas has been on the forefront of opening its data to deliver transparency to the public, outside government, and efficiency for managers and leaders inside government.
It’s been an interesting three months. As I’m in the midst of the long slog to the final draft of our first paper on grant data, I thought I’d let others do the talking this time. Below, anonymous and in no particular order, are some of the more interesting, insightful, or colorful comments from the past three months of conversation with current and former state and federal employees, foundations, technologists, researchers, and members of the nonprofit community.
In 2016, the federal government disbursed $651.7 billion in grant awards. Of that, 84% went directly to state and local governments in the form of either mandatory (also known as ‘formula’) or discretionary (‘block’) grants.
On January 12th, almost 50 stakeholders from all across the Federal grant sphere met at the Gates Foundation to discuss the state of data in grant reporting. For the first time, representatives from multiple federal grantor agencies and departments joined nonprofit researchers, members of the public sector, and technologists to share experiences, challenges, and opportunities to harness data for the public good.
No one starts working in or around the nonprofit sector without wanting to make a positive impact. From those who provide direct services within their community to the federal legislators seeking the best solutions to their constituents’ needs, and all the program managers, state budget officers, researchers, foundations, and technologists in between, we get involved to help.
What a first year the Data Foundation has had! We launched in January with an ambition to become the leading industry-focused open data research organization. And we got busy, very busy: our year was crowded with educational programing, the first substantive research report on the DATA Act, the nation’s largest-ever open data conference - and much more.