There are numerous examples of agencies, state and federal, that collection data as a means of setting policy. The USDA, which collects data and then issues reports, is one example. In Oregon, as an another example, the Vital Records are collected and the data shapes legislation and policy. The Oregon State Legislature, as seen in the House Committee On Human Services, references these stats often. Similarly, at the agency level, the Oregon Health Authority sets policy that is informed by its own data collection activities.