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Strategic Directions of the Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis

At OSEDA we strive to transform data into useful information. We believe the construction of meaningful information is an inherently collaborative enterprise. We believe "information" arises from "data" when facts are focused honestly on questions of interest to audiences, especially for decision-making. Therefore, we strive to engage our audiences seeking communication from many perspectives.


As part of the University of Missouri, we honor the public trust placed in our institution and accept our responsibility to be effective stewards of that trust. We also acknowledge our land-grant legacy and our duty to acquire, create, transmit and preserve knowledge and to promote understanding. We embrace MU's values of Respect, Responsibility, Discovery and Excellence. In particular, we foster:


OSEDA enhances public and private decision-making — we help enlighten choices.


OSEDA collaborates with partners in the analysis of social and economic data in ways that contribute to improvements in the well-being of people, enterprises and communities.

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Questions or comments regarding this site? Contact Wayne Mayfield at, Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis, 220 Gentry Hall, Columbia, MO.

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