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ERIC Number: ED312295
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 9
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Pointing the Way: Data, Analysis, and Decisionmaking.
Plewes, Thomas J.
The relationship of policy and decision making to statistical data and analyses is discussed. The optimal relationship, in which statistics play a key role in funding allocation and other policy decisions, rarely holds. Most surveys by statistical agencies are on a large scale, with a broad focus, resulting in databases which are difficult to maintain and modernize. Because of this, policy-makers have not been able to rely on statistical agencies for relevant statistical data and have had to collect their own data and do their own statistical analyses. The increased statistical sophistication of policy-makers has been reinforced by the opening of the data-gathering process by statistical agencies, the computer revolution, and the devaluation of the "monopoly of expertise" of government statisticians. Current uses of statistics include funding allocation, economic monitoring, program-specific monitoring, and public policy formation. The responses of the Bureau of Labor Statistics to national employment dislocations in the 1980-82 period, to the increasing numbers of women in the workforce, and to drug use in the workforce are used to illustrate the relationship of statistics to policy formation. (TJH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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