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Founded in 1981, the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics (COPAFS) represents researchers, educators, public health professionals, civic groups, and businesses that rely on the quality and accessibility of statistics that can only be effectively collected by the federal government.

Our goal: Advancing Excellence in Federal Statistics

What COPAFS does:

  • Provides government policy decision makers with information that demonstrates the value of federal statistics and the imperative of a strong federal statistical system.
  • Organizes forums in which federal statisticians and agency representatives interact with the users of their statistics;
  • Conducts independent, third-party evaluations of statistical tools, processes and accessibility options, and prepares white papers;
  • Holds seminars, workshops, and webinars on challenges and opportunities facing groups that rely on federal statistics and; the federal agencies that produce those statistics.
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COPAFS strives to:  increase both the breadth and depth of knowledge about developments affecting federal statistics; encourage discussion within and among professional organizations, enabling them to respond to important issues in federal statistics; and highlight the views of professional associations on pending decisions affecting federal statistical programs.

Benefits of Membership

  • Assurance that the unique needs of your organization as a federal statistical data user are communicated to the agencies that produce the statistics on which you rely. Data accessibility and standardization are among the topics on which COPAFS stands up for you.
  • Provision of effective informational, educational, and advocacy materials for policy and program decision makers that clearly demonstrate the value of the products produced by federal statistical agencies. On your behalf, we help those agencies thrive.
  • A standing invitation to COPAFS’ quarterly meetings where news from federal statistical agencies is relayed and substantive issues are discussed by producers of federal statistics and their users. Management and facilitation of substantive workshops and conferences or third-party evaluation of statistical issues affecting your members.
  • Management and facilitation of substantive workshops and conferences or third-party evaluation of statistical issues affecting your members.
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