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Big Data: Big Innovations for State and Local Government?

October 17
Duration: 1 hour

State and local government has always been a big collector and user of data. But now there’s a new trend that could take data collection and analysis to a new level, one that could lead to better decisions and better outcomes. 

The term is “big data,” which refers to the analysis of huge information sets. Advances in technology have helped give government managers tools and capabilities that can lead to not just bigger and better data, but also better analysis and better decisions at the state and local level.

This ability to uncover relationships and patterns hidden in mountains of information has been referred to by Governing’s technology columnist Steve Towns as the public sector’s version of “Moneyball,” the hit book and movie by the same name. Instead of finding overlooked ballplayers, however, big data is helping state and local managers get a better picture on a host of issues, from public safety and education to social services and overall performance management.

Join GOVERNING’s editorial staff on Wednesday, October 17 at 2 p.m. ET for a live, interactive online forum as we discuss the purpose of big data and how state and local governments are putting it to use.

The online forum will cover:

  • What is big data and how can it help states and localities
  • Who is using big data and how it is helping them
  • How big data can help drive not just better decision making but also innovation.


Tod Newcombe (moderator)

Sherri Hammons
State of Colorado

Elizabeth Davies
Urban Institute

Geary Lyons
Vice President
Public Sector Development


William D. Eggers
Global Director, Public Sector Research

For questions or more information, contact:

Jennifer Caldwell

800-917-7732 ext. 1345

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