Founded in 1981, the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics (COPAFS) represents over 300,000 individual 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. Our Action Plan to support our goal is here
The Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics (COPAFS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.
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 those facing the federal agencies that produce them.
Partners with the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology to facilitate major, annual research and policy meetings at which critical cross-fertilization of cutting edge techniques and statistical findings occurs among the federal agencies that collect statistics -- a function that furthers those agencies’ goal to work collectively and collaboratively.
Benefits of Membership in COPAFS
- 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.