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About the Data Foundation

The Data Foundation champions the use of open data and evidence-informed public policy to make democratic society better for everyone. 4-star Charity Navigator non-profit and received the Platinum Seal of Transparency from Candid Guidestar in 2023 and 2024.

The Data Foundation is a Washington, DC-based, non-profit, non-partisan organization. We are a trusted authority on the use of open, accessible data to fuel a more efficient, effective, and accountable government; spark innovation; and provide insights to the country’s most pressing challenges. We conduct research, facilitate collaborative thought leadership, and promote advocacy programs that advance practical policies for the creation and use of accessible, trustworthy data and evidence.

For more than a decade, the Data Foundation has been bringing attention to key issues facing the data community. We bring together non-traditional partners and stakeholders to devise practical solutions, which culminate in new policies and approaches for innovating and using data and evidence. The impacts from our work have been tremendous, culminating in enactment of milestone legislation, stronger communities for implementing transparency and data initiatives, and demonstrations of new strategies for innovating with government data.

Policy Research

We conduct ground-breaking policy research that addresses emerging data- and evidence- related needs with the goal of devising realistic solutions, accelerating policy coordination, and advancing necessary innovation.

Community Collaboration

We bring together diverse organizations and individuals to learn how to effectively implement government data and evidence policy, to champion policymaking based on evidence, and to share knowledge.

Data and Evidence Advocacy

We are a trusted intermediary in the identification of opportunities, problems, and solutions for data and evidence. We work with national policymakers for effective data and evidence policy.

Our Core Values

As a nonpartisan organization, we conduct research, collaborative thought leadership, and advocacy programs that advance practical policies for the creation and use of accessible, trustworthy data and evidence. We do this by centering everything we do as an organization around our four core values:

Our Impact

With the attention and focus on solving real problems, the Data Foundation’s policy research, collaboration, and advocacy efforts over the past decade helped identify, formulate, refine, and enable passage then implementation of milestone data and transparency legislation now signed into law with bipartisan support. Major data laws the Data Foundation research and advocacy contributed to include:

  • Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act
  • Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency (GREAT) Act
  • Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (Evidence Act)
  • Open, Public, Electronic, and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act
  • AI in Government Act
  • Taxpayers Right to Know Act
  • Congressional Budget Justification Transparency Act
  • National Secure Data Service Act
  • Financial Data Transparency Act

Taken together, these data laws present substantial reforms for responsibly using government data and promoting transparency to benefit the American people. Each also bolsters the capacity for partnerships between the private and public sectors to continue making progress in using open data and evidence-informed policymaking in the years ahead — the Data Foundation is here to facilitate, enable, and promote this capability.

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