“Moneyball” is a highly entertaining movie that showed how Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane used data to improve his baseball team’s performance.
It turned out, for example, that on-base percentages were more important than batting averages as an indicator of a hitter’s effectiveness because a walk can also get a player on base.
Government agencies also collect data that can be valuable to managers who oversee teams trying to achieve their agencies’ goals and missions. And government leaders, like baseball executives, can use this data to pinpoint problems, highlight successes and figure out better or more efficient ways to run programs.
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