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:
Tod Newcombe (moderator)
State of Colorado
Public Sector Development
William D. Eggers
Global Director, Public Sector Research
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