Harnessing Data Analytics to Improve the Lives of Individuals and Families: A National Data Strategy

Working Paper

Author: Kathy Stack


Fragmented federal program structures and laws create enormous barriers to effective coordination across government agencies and levels of government. The next administration can advance the nation’s health and economic well-being and improve the effectiveness of taxpayer investments by creating the enabling conditions for federal, state, and local decision-makers and managers to adopt modern data analytics tools and practices.

Note: As a working paper, this draft is still under development. The author invites your feedback and comments, which can be sent to info@dayoneproject.org.

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About the Author

Kathy Stack is an independent consultant helping government and non-profit organizations develop creative strategies for using data, evidence, and innovation to improve the impact of government social programs. Previously she spent over three decades in the federal government, including 27 years at the White House Office of Management and Budget. As OMB’s Deputy Associate Director for Education, Income Maintenance and Labor from 2007 to 2013, she oversaw budget, policy, legislation, regulations, and management issues for the Departments of Education and Labor and major human services programs. From 2013 to 2015, she launched and led OMB’s Evidence Team to strengthen federal agency capacity to use evidence, evaluation, data, and outcome-focused program designs to improve program effectiveness. After retiring from the federal government in 2015, Kathy served for several years as Vice President at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation where she helped federal, state, and local governments build capacity to use data and evidence to improve decision-making.