Build a Culture of Data Driven Decisions


As we prepare for GovLoop’s State and Local Tech Trends Virtual Training, we are posting blogs about many of the sessions and some of the tips and best practices our experts will share. The virtual training is October 21st from 11AM-3PM ET and free for everyone — make sure to register here!

State and local governments collect and access a lot of data. Repeat: A lot of data. And that amount is continuing to grow in both complexity and volume. With all of this data comes an opportunity to make more informed decisions that improve your community.

The City of Boston identified this opportunity and its primary challenge: making sense of the data. The Mayor of Boston, Martin Walsh, believes that up-to-date data visualizations are integral to how the city serves its citizens and has emphasized a culture of simplifying complex data to make it a tool for positive change.

Join us for an online training during the State and Local Tech Trends Virtual Summit to learn how Boston officials are creating and using data dashboards every day to better highlight and address issues in public safety, basic city services, human services, and economic development.

In this online training, we will hear from two experts who share the impact that data-driven decisions can have on your government.

  • Kelly Jin, Data Visualization, Citywide Analytics Team, City of Boston. Jin oversees the Mayor and Chief data dashboards and works with Departments to find better insights from data to improve service delivery for Boston residents.
  • Christine H. Carmichael, Public Sector Practice Manager, Tableau Software. Carmichael has over 25 years experience in the high tech industry working to cultivate strategic business plans for technology companies with Public Sector missions.

Understanding complex data is key to leveraging the volumes of available data to make your community more efficient, cost-effective, and prosperous. Boston has taken a jump into pushing for a culture of data-driven decisions that are positively impacting the city. Your government can do the same!

“How the City of Boston Built a Culture of Data-Driven Decisions” is part of GovLoop’s State and Local Tech Trends Virtual Training, an all-day, virtual event with three different online trainings, two keynotes and resources to help you do your job better. It takes place on October 21st. You can see the schedule and register here for free! You can earn up to two CPEs by attending, so be sure to register and share with your colleagues! 

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