How states and localities are improving the quality of education, health, and human services through integrated data systems: An interview with Dennis Culhane

Programs and agencies in government often exist in silos, where the efforts of one aren’t necessarily connected with others and their data are not shared between them. That slows the process within government of learning what works, coordinating efforts, spurring social innovation, and continuous improvement. A growing number of states and localities, however, are developing Integrated…

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Camden Coalition: Sharing data across sectors for better complex care

Camden Coalition: As we launch our national center, we are working to convene experts in complex care— caring for patients with complex health and social needs— across the country, and to elevate cross-sector collaborations that already exist. One national collaboration that we are a part of is All In: Data for Community Health (All In),…

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Chapin Hall Announces RFP: Using Linked Data to Advance Evidence-Based Policymaking

Government policymakers and program managers at the Federal, State, and local levels are under increasing pressure to ensure that their programs are achieving better results at lower cost. In many programs serving vulnerable populations, policymakers and managers lack access to information about what outcomes programs are achieving and to evaluations that can inform policy decisions…

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Philadelphia CIO Charlie Brennan: Tweaking the Tech Landscape

When Jim Kenney replaced Michael Nutter this year as Philadelphia’s new mayor, there were some changes. Officials came and went, titles were tweaked, roles were shifted, and bold policies were forged in pursuit of that familiar promise of a new future for an old city. As one of the nation’s leading govtech landscapes, Philadelphia’s changes…

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Everything you need to know about the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking

If you thought that Democrats and Republicans couldn’t agree on anything, you were wrong. In an era of perhaps unprecedented partisanship in Washington, DC, every moment of collaborative policymaking is notable. That’s why we should take a moment to celebrate the bipartisan bill President Obama signed into law to start a federal Commission on Evidence-Based…

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Launching the Data-Driven Justice Initiative: Disrupting the Cycle of Incarceration

Every year, more than 11 million people move through America’s 3,100 local jails, many on low-level, non-violent misdemeanors, costing local governments approximately $22 billion a year.In local jails, 64 percent of people suffer from mental illness, 68 percent have a substance abuse disorder, and 44 percent suffer from chronic health problems.Communities across the country have…

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New York City’s Turnaround on Poverty

In America’s biggest cities, more and more Americans are now living in poverty. From 2000 to 2013, the poverty rate in America’s 20 largest cities grew by 36 percent, to an average of 22.7 percent. Nationally, the poverty rate has risen too, from 11.3 percent in 2000 to 14.8 percent in 2014. But there’s one…

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Schools, Government Agencies Move to Share Student Data

The struggle to protect students’ privacy while making use of the data collected on them in school has for years been focused on the role of outside companies. But while that debate has raged in Congress and statehouses across the country, K-12 school systems in more than a dozen cities and counties have quietly begun…

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Chattanooga data efforts get boost from Bloomberg

Chattanooga is among the first eight cities selected for a nationwide initiative to improve government performance and transparency through civic data. Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities is providing support and training for midsize cities. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s foundation is spending $42 million over three years to connect cities with experts in data…

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New Philanthropy Capital (NPC): Data Labs

Data labs: Opening up government data 22 September, 3.00pm-5.00pm followed by drinks Royal Statistical Society, London NPC’s Data Labs project aims to open up restricted government datasets to the not-for-profit sector to help organisations better understand the impact of their services on beneficiaries. Developed with support from NPC, the Ministry of Justice launched the Justice…

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LJAF Launches Evidence-Based Policy and Innovation Division in Washington, D.C.

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) today announced the launch of its new Evidence-Based Policy and Innovation division. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the new division will develop and support initiatives that encourage policy leaders to consider reliable evidence and data as the primary factor in their decisions. Kathy Stack and Jon Baron, two of…

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RCTs for Health Care Delivery Improvement

A recent NY Times article highlights the use of randomized control trials (RCTs) as an important tool in identifying methods for improving  health care delivery. The article notes that the current use of RCTs for this is rare, but identifies researchers that are currently utilizing this method and obtaining results that have lead to cost and…

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Performance Partnership Pilots (P3)

The P3 solicitation was released yesterday, and Forum FYI has created a P3 Hub with all the information necessary for applying. The Federal Register announcement states, “The Partnership Pilots (P3) program…will enable up to ten pilot sites to test innovative, outcome-focused strategies to achieve significant improvements in educational, employment, and other key outcomes for disconnected youth…

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Accessing Education Data

 An article posted on Education Week outlines how states and authorized databases need to enhance their education data sharing. Most often, data is provided to uncoordinated state and federal agencies where it sits unused, but appropriate access to data is essential to obtain social policy improvements. The Early Childhood Data Collaborative, an umbrella organization advocating…

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