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Can Data Help Massachusetts Tackle the Opioid Crisis?

Massachusetts is aggregating the vast amount of data it holds to address the state's biggest challenges.

Acting Massachusetts CIO Charlie Desourdy
State governments have access to a wealth of data sets across a variety of program areas: revenue data, job data, health and human services data, just to name a few. And Massachusetts is looking to put that information to work.

According to Acting Commonwealth CIO Charlie Desourdy, who spoke with Government Technology at the 2015 Massachusetts Digital Government Summit in Boston, at the heart of most state decisions is the desire to use public resources in the most effective way possible. Here he details the state’s new emphasis on analytics and how it could help officials confront the state’s opioid crisis.

Noelle Knell is the contributing editor for Governing and the editor of the sister magazine, Government Technology. She has more than 15 years of writing and editing experience, covering public projects, transportation, business and technology. A California native, she has worked in both state and local government, and is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, with majors in political science and American history.
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