Developing procedures to facilitate the making and executing of public policy choices is a main function of the emerging policy sciences. Past experiences with political-organizational consequences of inadequate choices have indicated the pervasive weaknesses of local governments, their resistance to innovation, and the extent of the local information deficiency. This paper points out present deficiencies in the information base upon which major decisions in social affairs are made. A prototype Office of Human Statistics is recommended for the collection of disaggregated time series information. Long-term financial support and minimal operational control from an independent source, such as the Urban Institute, are recommended to allow the OHS to develop a high level of technical excellence, to execute a continuing sample survey, and to develop essential demographic indices. 26 pp. Ref.
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