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Podcast #64 – GovEx Engagement with Rochester, MN

Podcast #64 – GovEx Engagement with Rochester, MN

Today, we take a look at GovEx's engagement with the City of Rochester, MN to support their affordable housing initiative. We'll look at where the initiative came from, explore how Rochester collected and leveraged its data, and cover valuable takeaways for other...

Podcast #64 – GovEx Engagement with Rochester, MN

Podcast #63 – Distance Learning During COVID-19

We're all under pressure to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic. But how can we make the most of this time, and what benefits of this situation might we be overlooking? Today, members of the GovEx Academy explore how COVID-19 has placed a greater emphasis on distance...

Podcast #64 – GovEx Engagement with Rochester, MN

Podcast #62 – Food System Resilience during COVID-19

Today, we discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on food system resilience. Joined by two graduate students focused on this work, we’ll take a look at what cities focused on this issue are doing right now, and how hazard and vulnerability assessment plays a role in the...

Podcast #64 – GovEx Engagement with Rochester, MN

Podcast #61 – Asheville Reparations

Today, we join the City of Asheville’s Equity and Inclusion Director Kimberlee Archie and IT Director Jonathan Feldman to discuss the city's work on embedding equity into its data work. We'll also talk about how the work has pivoted after the George Floyd protests,...

Banish the thumb drive: a call for better internal data sharing

Banish the thumb drive: a call for better internal data sharing

Some people’s pet peeve is loud chewing; others hate the Oxford comma. Here’s mine: thumb drives.  First of all, can we choose one name for these things? They’re also referred to as “flash drives,” “jump drives,” and “USB drives,” plus a few other names. Let’s choose...

Podcast #64 – GovEx Engagement with Rochester, MN

Podcast #60 – Food Insecurity & Teens

During the holidays, food drives and charitable giving campaigns raise awareness of food insecurity, but people experience disruptions in access to healthy food year round. New research by Dr. Kristin Mmari and colleagues at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School...

Podcast #64 – GovEx Engagement with Rochester, MN

Podcast #59: Improvement Science in Education

When we thinking of measuring outcomes in education, we often think of test scores as the ultimate indicator. But a team of practitioners and researchers in Baltimore City are working together to use a science-based method to identify and implement incremental...

Podcast #64 – GovEx Engagement with Rochester, MN

Podcast #58 – Counties and Data

At GovEx, a lot of our work is focused on cities. But counties play a crucial role in using data to improve public outcomes as well. From health to elections and justice programming, counties provide critical services to people across the US. To explore these often...

Podcast #64 – GovEx Engagement with Rochester, MN

Podcast #57 – Ethics and Algorithms

Algorithms are a growing part of government work. They play a part in items ranging from traffic light decisions to criminal sentencing and a variety of topics in between. However, there is not a consistent way to think about algorithms as a public sector employee,...

4 Tips to a Clear and Friendly Dashboard

4 Tips to a Clear and Friendly Dashboard

A city dashboard’s primary goal is to give citizens a clear, user-friendly tool to see how well their city is doing. When designing your dashboard, always keep in mind how easy it would be for the average citizen to use. If you include too many factors into your...

So you want to start a data academy…

So you want to start a data academy…

Data can be powerful. But to really harness your data, you need people skilled in analysis, data management, and data-informed decision-making. Many cities are taking that lesson to heart and launching their own data academies to help employees learn to use data better.

GovEx Releases New Smart Cities Guide As Part of Research Collaborative

GovEx Releases New Smart Cities Guide As Part of Research Collaborative

Smart cities projects have proliferated in recent years, and this guide captures some of the best examples around the country along with resources and guidance to help cities understand the foundations of data practices that are necessary for any successful smart cities initiative.

Richmond, VA’s Neighborhood KPIs

Richmond, VA’s Neighborhood KPIs

Richmond is in the process of aligning its priorities, goals, and metrics and has identified 44 KPIs in its seven focus areas to track progress toward the city’s strategic priorities.

Being ‘Sensitive’ about Data Sensitivity

Being ‘Sensitive’ about Data Sensitivity

Open data is great because it’s open. But not all data is meant to be open. A lot of it is “sensitive.” What could be “open data” is often classified as “sensitive data” to protect the personal information and identity of individuals. Sensitive data may be restricted...

Podcast #64 – GovEx Engagement with Rochester, MN

Performance Measures – How Less Becomes More

One day last fall, I was talking with a colleague about a question that had come up from our partners in Baltimore’s performance management program, CitiStatSMART. Those folks were looking to identify key performance indicators (KPI) to use with certain city...