DataBank Briefing - June 14, 2016 - Berman Jewish DataBank posts new mission statement and operating policies

Sponsor(s): Berman Jewish DataBank@The Jewish Federations of North America

Study Dates: June 14, 2016

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Berman Jewish DataBank posts new mission statement and operating policies

June 14, 2016

The Berman Jewish DataBank has issued a new mission statement and codified a set of operating policies to help ensure the mission is fulfilled.  

The DataBank’s mission statement encapsulates its three core purposes:

acquiring, archiving and providing open access to quantitative studies and related materials on North American Jews and Jewish communities, promoting use of its resources by its stakeholders, and encouraging transparency in the public release and reporting of research on North American Jewry.

Promoting transparency in research is new to the DataBank’s mission.  The Jewish community utilizes increasingly complex research in its work.  As a result, the DataBank endorses the position that publicly released findings should be accompanied by methodological information that allows research consumers to evaluate and assess, to their own standards, the quality of research designs and the data collected through them.

The operating policies focus on five key areas of the DataBank’s activities.  They establish guidelines for what studies the DataBank will attempt to collect, explain the DataBank’s support for stakeholders, and provide details about our efforts to promote transparency in research.  The operating policies also affirm the DataBank does not engage in advocacy regarding communal policies, program and politics. Lastly, they establish several issues critical to long-term digital preservation of our materials.  

The DataBank is very pleased to thank its oversight committee for their thoughtful guidance in reviewing and revising the mission statement and codifying the operating policies.  Professional staff and oversight committee members will periodically review the mission statement and operating policies to ensure they remain relevant and useful to our stakeholders in a rapidly evolving research environment.

As always, we invite DataBank stakeholders to contact us with any questions, suggestions or concerns at We look forward to hearing from you.

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