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The Census's New Citizenship Question Could Hurt Communities That Are Already Undercoun... - 0 views

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    The census has been used for hundreds of years to determine how many U.S. House members each state will have, and it currently helps determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal spending is divvied up. "The risk that really troubles me is that there's a big undercount and then there's a big lack of representation," said John Thompson, who was director of the U.S. Census Bureau until he resigned last year (the bureau is still without a director).
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Public attitudes to inequality | From Poverty to Power - 0 views

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    When it comes to inequality, a growing body of evidence shows that people across countries underestimate the size of the gap between the rich and poor, including their wages. This can undermine support for policies to tackle inequality and even lead to apathy that consolidates the gap.

    But how exactly are existing perceptions of inequality measured by social scientists?
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Is there a sexist data crisis? - BBC News - 1 views

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    There is a black hole in our knowledge of women and girls around the world. They are often missing from official statistics, and areas of their lives are ignored completely. So campaigners say - but what needs to be done?
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Data can help to end malnutrition across Africa - 0 views

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    "Between 2000 and 2015, nearly every African country improved childhood nutrition, especially in reducing stunted growth caused by malnutrition" .... " national averages do not tell the full story. In Kenya, for example, rates of wasting in children under 5 were below 6% on average nationwide in 2015, yet in certain regions plagued by several years of poor rains, crop failure and disease outbreaks, estimated levels of wasting reach as high as 28%."... "Such fine-grained insight brings tremendous responsibility to act. It shows governments, international agencies and donors exactly where to direct resources and support."..."This shows how crucial it is to invest in data. Data gaps undermine our ability to target resources, develop policies and track accountability. Without good data, we're flying blind. If you can't see it, you can't solve it."
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To Combat Female Genital Cutting In The U.S., We Need More Information | FiveThirtyEight - 0 views

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    On the importance of having data, in order to understand and tackle an issue...

    The most recent U.S. estimate...concluded approximately 513,000 women and girls at risk of genital mutilation...But that number should be taken with a big grain of salt...the data doesn't account for immigrants from countries where female genital cutting isn't studied or widely practiced...."You also can't assume that people who come to the U.S. are a representative sample of their country of origin," Clark said. That's especially problematic for estimating rates of female genital cutting, since it's not practiced uniformly within countries. It's also possible, he said, that some immigrants abandon the procedure as they assimilate....some advocates point out that although the estimates focus on immigrants, ...female genital cutting isn't new to the U.S. Female circumcision was performed as a treatment for masturbation by American physicians as recently as the mid-20th century...
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