Thoughtfully collected, accurately reviewed, and well understood data is the key to shaping efficient programs. From management level efficiency studies to Medicare, data has the potential to drive how time and money are spent. My interest in this field began with my work at Pfizer where I harnessed drug distribution and tracking data maintained in Oracle SQL to assist supply chain team members with drug forecasting data. My ability to synthesize and relate this information went above and beyond the supply specialist’s tracking tools. Westat has provided me with the ability to hone these skills, while teaching me the importance of data preservation and data stewardship. My work with Westat has introduced me to the mechanics of data collection, and put me in a position to design processes for data cleaning and creation of usable data sets. At each step in these processes I strive to ensure that the quality and accuracy of the data is not compromised. My work on national healthcare studies has produced data deliverables used to review Medicare performance and track American’s access to health Insurance. The latter was cited by the Washington Post as being presented to congress to justify President Obama’s signature healthcare legislation. I recently earned a master’s degree from The George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School in the field of public policy. I used my time at GWU to focus on advanced methods of data evaluation, how to effectively use data to make policy recommendations, and the best ways to present data-based findings. I was able to develop and hone skills such as program evaluation, econometric regression, cost benefit analysis, geospatial data evaluation and mapping, and topic specific metric construction. Email: Reidec@gmail.com.