Data Coalition CEO Nick Hart Appointed to new Federal Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building

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Data Coalition CEO Nick Hart Appointed to new Federal Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building

Nick Hart, CEO of the Data Coalition and President of the Data Foundation, has been appointed to serve as a member of the Federal Government’s Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building.

The new advisory committee was established by the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018, or the Evidence Act (P.L. 115-435). The committee will provide advice to the Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget about strategies for improving government data sharing, applying privacy-protective techniques, and reviewing capabilities across the government.

“I am honored to be appointed to this important committee, which will help rapidly advance the potential for our government and society to meaningfully use data to improve the lives of the American people,” Hart said. “While our country has made notable progress in recent years for more strategically using government data, we have a long road ahead to deploy modern technologies and methods for data analytics while also ensuring adequate privacy safeguards are in place.” 

Hart previously served as the Policy and Research Director for the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, which formulated recommendations that led to the Evidence Act and the creation of the committee.

Members of the advisory committee were selected from nominated experts in government data policy, privacy, technology, transparency, evaluation, and research. In addition to experts from outside government, the committee also includes senior leaders from agencies including chief data officers, evaluation officers, and statistical officials established by the Evidence Act.  

As the head of the non-profit Data Coalition, America’s premier voice on data policy, Hart’s work involves real-time collaboration with leaders across the private sector, non-profits, and academia developing new and innovative approaches that are relevant for the government to have accessible, high quality, and usable data. Similarly, the non-profit Data Foundation is a think tank that advances solutions to improve government and society by using data to inform public policymaking. 

Additional details about the advisory committee and a full list of members is available at www.bea.gov/evidence