• Jun 25, 2019 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • Location: Online
  • Latest Activity: Aug 7, 2019

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Presenters: Amber Ivey, Anthony Fung, Susan R. Smith and Daniel Stein


  • Amber Ivey, Manager, Civil Legal System Modernization, The Pew Charitable Trusts (Lead presenter)
  • Anthony Fung, Chief Executive Officer, GovInsight, LLC
  • Susan Smith, Director, Office of Research and Evaluation, Connecticut Department of Children and Families

The Data as a Strategic Asset project at The Pew Charitable Trusts was created to understand how state governments are using administrative data and how they might use it more effectively to determine which policies to enact and what public problems to address. As state leaders seek to harness data in innovative ways, the project sought to learn what common themes, noteworthy successes, and notable challenges the 50 states and Washington, DC have experienced across a broad cross section of issue areas.

5 key actions states can take to promote data-driven decision-making:

Pew interviewed over 350 state leaders across the U.S. and reviewed relevant laws, documents, and policies in all the states to produce a report detailing five key actions states can take to promote data-driven decision-making: 

  • Plan ahead by setting up guiding goals and structures.
  • Build the state government’s capacity to effectively use data.
  • Ensure that quality data can be accessed and used by stakeholders.
  • Analyze data to create meaningful information.
  • Sustain support for continued data efforts.

In this first comprehensive overview of how state governments utilize data, the authors identified states that had implemented a combination, or even all five, of these actions in different policy areas. However, no state has applied them to a broad range of government agencies or achieved widespread improvements in policy development, service delivery, resource management, and current program evaluation.

What you will learn during the webinar:

  1. A fresh understanding of the challenges facing state governments today.
  2. Insights on how state governments can capitalize on the five key actions to promote data-driven decision-making.

Share your experience and thoughts ahead of the webinar:

  • Have you, or did your State implement one or more of these five key actions? any other actions you want to share?
  • Share your story and let us know what has worked and what hasn't!
  • Post a comment or question you have for the report's authors.


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  • Questions and comments from todays Webinar: Please go to the recording to see this discussion and re-visit highlights from today!

    What have you found to be the best way to break down barriers to data sharing between agencies? Especially given various regulatory and compliance measures across agencies? (N Reed)

    One of the biggest things we heard was having what Tony called is a value proposition. Basically it was not enough just to share data for sharing sake or build systems for sharing data. Based on the research there had to be a policy problem that multiple agencies could galvanize behind. (i.e. opioid crisis, frequent flyers of the emergency room, veterans homelessness)

    How have you overcome some of the federal law barriers, like matching between programs by SSNs or DOB when HIPAA is involved or TANF or SNAP, even if the product will be de-identified. (Ellen)

    How did you leverage state strategic plan development around Healthy People to improve sharing and did you develop a template or standardizes agreement across agencies and partners?

    Curious if there are examples of policy problems more focused on prevention or producing positive outcomes vs. the more "downstream" examples that were shared?

    I'd echo the question about understanding/interpreting federal and state regulations. Even within agencies, data stewards have different interpretations that hinder data sharing.

    Are there any insights or advice on how to develop, implement, and maintain standards to improve interoperability between datasets?

    One think Virginia did well was to actuall look at all the laws that limited data sharing through ED-7. Doing that scan helped them know what was real vs. perceptions with barriers to data sharing.

    Are there efforts for Inter-state collaborationon use of this type of data?


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