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A Webinar in the NIC of Time: Administrative Data as a Strategic Asset
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Lead Presenter: Amber Ivey, Manager, Civil Legal System Modernization, The Pew Charitable Trusts
The Data as a Strategic Asset project at The Pew Charitable Trusts was created to understand how state governments are using administrative data and how they might use it more effectively to determine which policies to enact and what public problems to address. As state leaders seek to harness data in innovative ways, the project sought to learn what common themes, noteworthy successes, and notable challenges the 50 states and Washington, DC have experienced across a broad cross section of issue areas.
Pew interviewed over 350 state leaders across the U.S. and reviewed relevant laws, documents, and policies in all the states to produce a report detailing five key actions states can take to promote data-driven decision-making:
- Plan ahead by setting up guiding goals and structures.
- Build the state government’s capacity to effectively use data.
- Ensure that quality data can be accessed and used by stakeholders.
- Analyze data to create meaningful information.
- Sustain support for continued data efforts.
In this first comprehensive overview of how state governments utilize data, the authors identified states that had implemented a combination, or even all five, of these actions in different policy areas. However, no state has applied them to a broad range of government agencies or achieved widespread improvements in policy development, service delivery, resource management, and current program evaluation.
What you will learn during the webinar:
- A fresh understanding of the challenges facing state governments today.
- Insights on how state governments can capitalize on the five key actions to promote data-driven decision-making.
- Join the NIC Hub and post comments/questions you have for the report’s authors.