Analytics

Four Evidence-Based Initiatives in the Federal Government

The Obama Administration has built on efforts from the Bush Administration to embed the use of evidence and evaluation in making funding decisions. There are now four different types of initiatives underway, or proposed, in a range of federal agencies. Within OMB, there is an active effort to catalyze agencies to develop and undertake a… Read more »

Creating an Evidence-Based Government

Policymakers are fixated on short-term budget austerity measures such as furloughs, pay freezes, and conference and travel spending. However, there is a small, but growing effort to take a longer, more strategic look at how to manage austerity by finding what works and targeting dollars there instead of to programs that cannot demonstrate effectiveness. This… Read more »

The Public Safety Journey into Analytics: NYPD Case Study

This is part 2 of 3 of a blog series on Smarter Cities: Building Safer Communities in the Digital Age. This series explores how analytics has empowered the street level bureaucrat, redefining the way public safety officials keep communities safe. Across the country, public safety organizations have leveraged crime analytics to improve efficiencies, connect workers… Read more »

Big Data Vocabulary: Datafication

Last Friday, the Office of eDiplomacy within the State Department’s Bureau of Information Resource Management held its [email protected] conference on the theme of Moneyball Diplomacy. The event centered on how emerging tools and practices in data analysis can add a valuable quantitative lens to approaches in U.S. foreign development and policy. My favorite speaker was… Read more »

Leveraging Crime Analytics: Miami-Dade County Blue PALMS Program

This is part 1 of 3 of a blog series, Smarter Cities: Building Safer Communities in the Digital Age. This series explores how analytics has empowered the street level bureaucrat, redefining the way public safety officials keep communities safe. Across the country, public safety organizations have leveraged crime analytics to improve efficiencies, connect workers and… Read more »

Big Data Insights from Indiana CIO: Paul Baltzell

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Paul Baltzell, Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Indiana. Baltzell and I talked through some of the challenges and lessons learned while implementing a big data initiative at the state level. Like most public sector entities, the State of Indiana has just started to explore big data opportunities…. Read more »

Breaking down the first year of PortfolioStat

Last March the Office of Management and Budget unveiled PortfolioStat. The goal was simple, help agencies save time, money and resources by giving them a tool to asses their portfolio management process. Andrew McMahon is a Senior Policy Advisor at OMB. He oversees PortfolioStat. McMahon was a panelist at an AFCEA Bethesda event that the… Read more »

Expert Insights: Three Steps to Implement Analytics

In an environment where agencies are looking to streamline activities, maximize efficiency and significantly decrease waste, fraud and abuse, a comprehensive analytics solution should be considered by government agencies. To get an inside opinion on the benefits of analytics, GovLoop interviewed Adobe’s John Landwehr, Vice President of Digital Government Solutions and Nils Engel, Solutions Engineer…. Read more »

Fighting Waste, Fraud and Abuse through Analytics: Case Study from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

As part of GovLoop’s recent report, Unlocking the Power of Government Analytics, I had the opportunity to speak with staff members from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS staff provided expert insights on the importance of analytics to control waste, fraud and abuse. In 2010, CMS and the Department of Health and… Read more »

Increasing Transparency Initiatives Through Analytics: A case study from Maryland StateStat

The following post is an excerpt of GovLoop’s recent report: Unlocking the Power of Government Analytics. The report features case studies from the state, local, and federal government on how agencies have leveraged analytics to improve services. You can view the full report below or download a PDF Post Highlights Be sure to view GovLoop’s… Read more »