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Appendix A: Executive Summary from "Innovations in Federal Statistics: Combining Data Sources While Protecting Privacy"
Pages 171-174

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From page 171...
... However, the costs of conducting such surveys have been increasing while response rates have been declining, and many surveys are not able to fulfill growing demands for more timely information and for more detailed information at state and local levels. The Panel on Improving Federal Statistics for Policy and Social Science Research Using Multiple Data Sources and State-of-the-Art Estimation Methods was charged to conduct a study to foster a paradigm shift in federal statistical programs that would use combinations of diverse data sources from government and private-sector sources in place of a single census, survey, or administrative records source.
From page 172...
... RECOMMENDATION 3-1 Federal statistical agencies should sys tematically review their statistical portfolios and evaluate the potential benefits and risks of using administrative data. To this end, federal statistical agencies should create collaborative research programs to address the many challenges in using administrative data for federal statistics.
From page 173...
... As federal statistical agencies seek to combine multiple datasets, they need to simultaneously address how to control risks from privacy breaches. Privacy-enhancing techniques and privacy-preserving statistical data analysis can be valuable in these efforts and enable the use of private-sector and other alternative data sources for federal statistics.
From page 174...
... The panel's second report will examine organizational models for a new entity, quality frameworks for multiple data sources, statistical techniques for combining data from multiple sources, privacy-enhancing and privacy-preserving techniques, as well as the information technology implications for implementing a new paradigm that would combine diverse data sources.

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