Data can serve as an important starting point for conversations about an inclusive economy, a way to objectively document disparities and guide outreach, policy and action, whether we are talking about race, ethnicity, immigration status, gender, sexuality or language, as well as other variables. However, we've all seen instances in which data is creatively spun in confusing, distracting or partisan ways. And of course, we must consider what can be done where the data doesn't exist at all because it has never been collected in methodical and reliable ways. In those cases, entire demographic sectors can be rendered invisible to stakeholders and policymakers.
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