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A podcast about government and data. Telling stories from practitioners and academics about how data affects communities and the lives of residents.

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A podcast about government and data. Telling stories from practitioners and academics about how data affects communities and the lives of residents.

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The Wonk We Need

By GovLover - May 27 2017
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Each episode is a deep dive on the tools needed to advance local government.

Data to the rescue

By twinkletoesATL - May 24 2016
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Love this idea and the execution. Nice work GovEx!

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17 Ratings
Average Ratings
16
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1
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The Wonk We Need

By GovLover - May 27 2017
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Each episode is a deep dive on the tools needed to advance local government.

Data to the rescue

By twinkletoesATL - May 24 2016
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Love this idea and the execution. Nice work GovEx!
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GovEx Data Points

Latest release on Jan 03, 2019

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A podcast about government and data. Telling stories from practitioners and academics about how data affects communities and the lives of residents.

Rank #1: Data Points Podcast Episode 55 - Creating Racial Equity in Grand Rapids

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Racial equity is a challenge cities across America are grappling with on a daily basis. In this episode, we will take a deep dive into the innovative and data-driven approach which Grand Rapids, Michigan is taking to meet this complex issue head on. Over the past six months, GovEx, through What Works Cities, has been supporting Grand Rapids' efforts to increase racial equity by improving data management practices and bringing data and evidence into the decision-making process, and bettering the connection with residents and their quality of life.

As a part of our collective effort, the City has launched its Housing NOW! dashboard to which allows everyone a clear view of the data collected and analyzed by Grand Rapids to "inform decision-making and dialogue so that [the City is] able to understand [its] community needs and how best to meet them."

We are joined by Alex Melton who is the Customer Service Community Liaison for Grand Rapids and Zac Thiel, the City’s Digital and Data Strategist. They are apart of Grand Rapids 311 Customer Service team, which is led by Becky Jo Glover.

Like Data? Listen and Get in Touch

You can find updates to the podcast in several ways.

Get in touch with us and let us know what you want to hear, suggest potential episodes, and give us feedback on how the podcast is going. You can contact us on Twitter at Gov_Ex or reach out via our website at govex.jhu.edu/contact.

May 29 2018

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Rank #2: Data Points Podcast Episode 54 - Tactical Data Use with Sunlight

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Enabling more use of public data is a key challenge for cities across the country. This week, we will be talking with our partners from the Sunlight Foundation about their efforts to improve Tactical Data Engagement. For this episode, we’re joined by Stephen Larrick, Open Cities Director at Sunlight. Stephen leads all city-focused work for Sunlight, including work we've done together on open data through the What Works Cities Initiative.

Sunlight's recent work has focused increasingly on putting city data to use. To do that, they have piloted a technique called Tactical Data Engagement. Madison, WI, was one of their pilot sites and through a focus on equitable neighborhoods they were able to build user personas and a public data use toolkit for residents to use. Many cities are also interested in this work and through a recent workshop, Sunlight and cities were able to generate 39 fresh ideas for community use of open data for cities across the country to use.

Like Data? Listen and Get in Touch

You can find updates to the podcast in several ways.

Get in touch with us and let us know what you want to hear, suggest potential episodes, and give us feedback on how the podcast is going. You can contact us on Twitter at Gov_Ex or reach out via our website at govex.jhu.edu/contact.

Apr 30 2018

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Rank #3: Data Points Podcast Episode 52 - Culture Shifts in Durham, NC

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This week we’re starting a mini-series on data and culture change. We will be taking a look at several different approaches to building a culture of data use with city partners from around the country. For this episode, we’re joined by Josh Edwards of Durham, NC. Josh is the Strategic Plan Director in the budget department and also the director of the city’s Innovation Team. Josh oversees a variety of projects related to data in the city and has built several initiatives to help spread data use across the city.

The initiatives in Durham span a wide range of topics from innovation in criminal justice to creating a lab where employees can experiment on all sorts of topics. However all of the projects focus on building internal capacity to solve problems with data. Whether employees are using the strategic plan goal dashboard, the Durham Open Data Portal, or the Neighborhood Compass, they're all focused on using data to better serve residents.

Like Data? Listen and Get in Touch

You can find updates to the podcast in several ways.

Get in touch with us and let us know what you want to hear, suggest potential episodes, and give us feedback on how the podcast is going. You can contact us on Twitter at Gov_Ex or reach out via our website at govex.jhu.edu/contact.

Mar 19 2018

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Rank #4: Data Points Podcast Episode 51 - What's up with Participatory Budgeting

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Budgets are often long, complicated, and difficult for the average city resident to understand. But they don't have to be. Participatory budgeting is a tool growing in use that helps residents understand and actively contribute to budgeting decisions in a city. Since it started in Brazil in the 1980s, participatory budgeting has spread around the world.

In this episode, we talk with representatives from two organizations using different participatory budgeting mechanisms to explain the why, what, and how of making budgets more participatory. First we discussed the nuts and bolts of doing participatory budgeting in a city government with City Manager Louis DePasquale and Budget Director Sarah Stanton of Cambridge, MA. Then we explored a gamified way of thinking about engaging people through budgets with Kelsey Foster, who is the Campaign Manager of the People's Budget at the Committee for a Better New Orleans. To learn more about these techniques, check out http://pb.cambridgema.gov/ and https://neworleans.peoplesbudget.com.

Like Data? Listen and Get in Touch

You can find updates to the podcast in several ways.

Get in touch with us and let us know what you want to hear, suggest potential episodes, and give us feedback on how the podcast is going. You can contact us on Twitter at Gov_Ex or reach out via our website at govex.jhu.edu/contact.

Mar 01 2018

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Rank #5: City Health Dashboard - NYU

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This week we talk with Dr. Marc Gourevitch and Dr. Jessica Athens, professors at New York University’s School of Medicine and Public Health. They’ll talk to us about the city health dashboard they’ve been developing for cities across the US.

The City Health Dashboard is a web resource that enables community leaders and advocates for health, education, housing, and other policy areas in four pilot cities to easily see where they stand on 26 key measures of health and drivers of health. The site displays measures and drivers of health in a variety of data views, including interactive maps and charts. Through the site, you can compare outcomes across your neighborhood and among your peer cities.

We also talk about the forthcoming expansion of the tool for even more cities to leverage for data-based health policy making.

Feb 15 2018

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Rank #6: GovEx Data Points Episode 53: Culture Change Miniseries

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About two years ago, Tempe, Arizona’s mayor and council committed to moving towards more transparent and data informed decision making. Since that time, the city has passed an open data policy, developed an active open data program, created Tempe Accelerates — a regular City Manager led, data focused strategy session that’s open to the public — and launched a new tool for performance based budgeting. Collectively, it all represents quite a bit of change in the way that Tempe decisions are made and shared with the public.

As we continue our miniseries on data and culture change, in this episode we'll speak with Rosa Inchausti from Tempe. Rosa is Tempe’s first Director of Strategic Management and Diversity, and she’s supported a significant change process throughout the city. We hear first hand from Rosa how she accomplished the challenging task of bringing people on board with Tempe’s new data focus and the many excellent ideas she has for making organizational culture change effective and authentic.

Apr 16 2018

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Rank #7: 3rd Birthday Minisode

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Happy birthday to us! As GovEx turns three, Eric and Sharon (who have both been around since its beginning) take a quick look back at the top highlights over the years, including the first What Works Cities Summit, growing from two people with no office space to a team of 25 working in over 100 cities around the world, and we also peer into the future to give you some insights on what's next for GovEx.

Apr 09 2018

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Rank #8: Data Points Podcast Episode 48 – Cincy Insights with Leigh Tami

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Cities use data to tackle almost every problem imaginable. This includes the serious issue of opiods and overdoses. Using data to tackle serious issues in a public way is a great benefit of open data and performance analytics work and this week we dive...

Jan 11 2018

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Rank #9: Data Points Podcast Episode 47 – 2017 Wrap-Up

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It’s always good to pause and reflect. As the calendar page turns from 2017 to 2018, Eric and Sharon take time out to wrap up 2017 and discuss everything that’s happened on the Data Points podcast in the past year.

Dec 21 2017

12mins

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Rank #10: Data Points Podcast Episode 46 – Algorithms, Law, and Openness

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Many people know about algorithms. But we often don’t know much about them and how they work. In Episode 39 Weapons of Math Destruction, guest Cathy O’Neill described the basics of applications of algorithms in government. Today,

Dec 07 2017

27mins

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Data Points Episode #60: Food Insecurity & Teens

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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 of Public Health reveals that some adolescents engage in risky behavior to get access to food or money to buy food.

In this Data Points episode, our GovEx Director of Applied Research discusses these findings with Dr. Mmari and Anushka Jajodia, a Social Design Fellow from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Together with researchers from the JHU Department of Civil Engineering, this team is taking a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding and mapping systemic barriers to food access, and developing a process to put this valuable research into action.

For further reading, see the relevant Urban Institute study linked here.

Jan 03 2019

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Data Points Episode #59: Improvement Science in Education

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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 changes, and to empower teachers, school leaders and others to understand and use multiple layers of data in their day-to-day work.

On this episode of Data Points we speak with Jarrod Bolte, founder of Improving Education; Faith Connolly, Executive Director of the Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC); and Marc Stein, Associate Professor of Education at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education and Research Co-Director of BERC, about how practitioners are using improvement science to make smaller changes to achieve outcomes in areas like early literacy and attendance for students in Baltimore City schools.

For further reading, check out these EdWeek blogs from the perspectives of researcher and practitioner. And linked here is a video of Improvement Science at work in Baltimore City high schools. Additional information and resources are available through the Carnegie Foundation, and Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Nov 19 2018

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Data Points Podcast Episode 58 - Counties and Data

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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 overlooked stakeholders in government data work, we are diving deep through a conversation with two represenatives from NACo, the National Assocation of Counties. In this episode, we talked with Natalie Ortiz and Kathy Rowings about the work of NACo connecting counties together, their work on Data-Driven Justice, and how they use data themselves to advance better public outcomes across all sorts of counties from urban to rural and everywhere in between.

If you are interested in learning more about how counties use data, get in touch with us at govex@jhu.edu and we are happy to discuss.

Like Data? Listen and Get in Touch

Get in touch with us and let us know what you want to hear, suggest potential episodes, and give us feedback on how the podcast is going. You can contact us on Twitter at Gov_Ex or reach out via our website at govex.jhu.edu/contact.

Oct 16 2018

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Data Points Podcast Episode 57 - Ethics and Algorithms

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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, leading to a wide range of usage.

GovEx and a few partners set out to change that through the creation of the Ethics and Algorithms Toolkit. In this episode, we talk with Joy Bonaguro, former Chief Data Officer for the City and County of San Francisco, and Miriam McKinney, an analyst on the GovEx team, about the development of the toolkit. They describe the work to gather feedback from stakeholders, the iteration of work on the toolkit itself, and the ways that anyone can use the toolkit to help center their own work.

If you are interested in learning more about algorithms, check out a preview of the toolkit here. If you're interested in working with the toolkit and need assistance, please contact us at govex@jhu.edu.

Like Data? Listen and Get in Touch

Get in touch with us and let us know what you want to hear, suggest potential episodes, and give us feedback on how the podcast is going. You can contact us on Twitter at Gov_Ex or reach out via our website at govex.jhu.edu/contact.

Sep 20 2018

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Data Points Podcast Episode 56 - What is a Smart City?

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Being a Smart City is a new hot goal for cities. From Singapore to Amsterdam and anywhere in between, cities are trying to become smarter and implementing projects that include "smart city" components. But what does it mean? What makes a city smart and what components make a project relevant for smart cities?

Because of the variety of concepts and definitions (check out the Wikipedia page for a long list of possibilities) we take a deeper look at Smart Cities in this episode. Along with our guest and friend of the podcast, GovEx's Director of Applied Research Katherine Klosek, we discuss how GovEx defines smart cities, how to make residents and their needs a central piece of smart cities strategy, and several examples of Smart Cities implementation in the US from Colorado Springs, CO, Louisville, KY, and Columbus, OH.

If you want to learn more or are interested in getting started implementing a Smart Cities strategy, check out GovEx's Smart Cities Guide and get in touch with us at govex@jhu.edu if you have any further questions.

Like Data? Listen and Get in Touch

Get in touch with us and let us know what you want to hear, suggest potential episodes, and give us feedback on how the podcast is going. You can contact us on Twitter at Gov_Ex or reach out via our website at govex.jhu.edu/contact.

Jun 19 2018

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Data Points Podcast Episode 55 - Creating Racial Equity in Grand Rapids

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Racial equity is a challenge cities across America are grappling with on a daily basis. In this episode, we will take a deep dive into the innovative and data-driven approach which Grand Rapids, Michigan is taking to meet this complex issue head on. Over the past six months, GovEx, through What Works Cities, has been supporting Grand Rapids' efforts to increase racial equity by improving data management practices and bringing data and evidence into the decision-making process, and bettering the connection with residents and their quality of life.

As a part of our collective effort, the City has launched its Housing NOW! dashboard to which allows everyone a clear view of the data collected and analyzed by Grand Rapids to "inform decision-making and dialogue so that [the City is] able to understand [its] community needs and how best to meet them."

We are joined by Alex Melton who is the Customer Service Community Liaison for Grand Rapids and Zac Thiel, the City’s Digital and Data Strategist. They are apart of Grand Rapids 311 Customer Service team, which is led by Becky Jo Glover.

Like Data? Listen and Get in Touch

You can find updates to the podcast in several ways.

Get in touch with us and let us know what you want to hear, suggest potential episodes, and give us feedback on how the podcast is going. You can contact us on Twitter at Gov_Ex or reach out via our website at govex.jhu.edu/contact.

May 29 2018

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Data Points Podcast Episode 54 - Tactical Data Use with Sunlight

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Enabling more use of public data is a key challenge for cities across the country. This week, we will be talking with our partners from the Sunlight Foundation about their efforts to improve Tactical Data Engagement. For this episode, we’re joined by Stephen Larrick, Open Cities Director at Sunlight. Stephen leads all city-focused work for Sunlight, including work we've done together on open data through the What Works Cities Initiative.

Sunlight's recent work has focused increasingly on putting city data to use. To do that, they have piloted a technique called Tactical Data Engagement. Madison, WI, was one of their pilot sites and through a focus on equitable neighborhoods they were able to build user personas and a public data use toolkit for residents to use. Many cities are also interested in this work and through a recent workshop, Sunlight and cities were able to generate 39 fresh ideas for community use of open data for cities across the country to use.

Like Data? Listen and Get in Touch

You can find updates to the podcast in several ways.

Get in touch with us and let us know what you want to hear, suggest potential episodes, and give us feedback on how the podcast is going. You can contact us on Twitter at Gov_Ex or reach out via our website at govex.jhu.edu/contact.

Apr 30 2018

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GovEx Data Points Episode 53: Culture Change Miniseries

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About two years ago, Tempe, Arizona’s mayor and council committed to moving towards more transparent and data informed decision making. Since that time, the city has passed an open data policy, developed an active open data program, created Tempe Accelerates — a regular City Manager led, data focused strategy session that’s open to the public — and launched a new tool for performance based budgeting. Collectively, it all represents quite a bit of change in the way that Tempe decisions are made and shared with the public.

As we continue our miniseries on data and culture change, in this episode we'll speak with Rosa Inchausti from Tempe. Rosa is Tempe’s first Director of Strategic Management and Diversity, and she’s supported a significant change process throughout the city. We hear first hand from Rosa how she accomplished the challenging task of bringing people on board with Tempe’s new data focus and the many excellent ideas she has for making organizational culture change effective and authentic.

Apr 16 2018

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3rd Birthday Minisode

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Happy birthday to us! As GovEx turns three, Eric and Sharon (who have both been around since its beginning) take a quick look back at the top highlights over the years, including the first What Works Cities Summit, growing from two people with no office space to a team of 25 working in over 100 cities around the world, and we also peer into the future to give you some insights on what's next for GovEx.

Apr 09 2018

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Data Points Podcast Episode 52 - Culture Shifts in Durham, NC

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This week we’re starting a mini-series on data and culture change. We will be taking a look at several different approaches to building a culture of data use with city partners from around the country. For this episode, we’re joined by Josh Edwards of Durham, NC. Josh is the Strategic Plan Director in the budget department and also the director of the city’s Innovation Team. Josh oversees a variety of projects related to data in the city and has built several initiatives to help spread data use across the city.

The initiatives in Durham span a wide range of topics from innovation in criminal justice to creating a lab where employees can experiment on all sorts of topics. However all of the projects focus on building internal capacity to solve problems with data. Whether employees are using the strategic plan goal dashboard, the Durham Open Data Portal, or the Neighborhood Compass, they're all focused on using data to better serve residents.

Like Data? Listen and Get in Touch

You can find updates to the podcast in several ways.

Get in touch with us and let us know what you want to hear, suggest potential episodes, and give us feedback on how the podcast is going. You can contact us on Twitter at Gov_Ex or reach out via our website at govex.jhu.edu/contact.

Mar 19 2018

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Data Points Podcast Episode 51 - What's up with Participatory Budgeting

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Budgets are often long, complicated, and difficult for the average city resident to understand. But they don't have to be. Participatory budgeting is a tool growing in use that helps residents understand and actively contribute to budgeting decisions in a city. Since it started in Brazil in the 1980s, participatory budgeting has spread around the world.

In this episode, we talk with representatives from two organizations using different participatory budgeting mechanisms to explain the why, what, and how of making budgets more participatory. First we discussed the nuts and bolts of doing participatory budgeting in a city government with City Manager Louis DePasquale and Budget Director Sarah Stanton of Cambridge, MA. Then we explored a gamified way of thinking about engaging people through budgets with Kelsey Foster, who is the Campaign Manager of the People's Budget at the Committee for a Better New Orleans. To learn more about these techniques, check out http://pb.cambridgema.gov/ and https://neworleans.peoplesbudget.com.

Like Data? Listen and Get in Touch

You can find updates to the podcast in several ways.

Get in touch with us and let us know what you want to hear, suggest potential episodes, and give us feedback on how the podcast is going. You can contact us on Twitter at Gov_Ex or reach out via our website at govex.jhu.edu/contact.

Mar 01 2018

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Data Points: Open Data Day Special Mini-sode

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In honor of Open Data Day 2018, cohosts Sharon Paley and Eric Reese bring you this special mini episode of Data Points. We share our three favorite (and quick) tips for opening data in your government.

Let us know how you are celebrating Open Data Day and if you enjoy this extra short version of the podcast by email us at govex@jhu.edu.

Feb 26 2018

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City Health Dashboard - NYU

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This week we talk with Dr. Marc Gourevitch and Dr. Jessica Athens, professors at New York University’s School of Medicine and Public Health. They’ll talk to us about the city health dashboard they’ve been developing for cities across the US.

The City Health Dashboard is a web resource that enables community leaders and advocates for health, education, housing, and other policy areas in four pilot cities to easily see where they stand on 26 key measures of health and drivers of health. The site displays measures and drivers of health in a variety of data views, including interactive maps and charts. Through the site, you can compare outcomes across your neighborhood and among your peer cities.

We also talk about the forthcoming expansion of the tool for even more cities to leverage for data-based health policy making.

Feb 15 2018

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Data Points Episode 49 - LEO Labs Fighting Poverty

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The Fighting Irish are fighting poverty at the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (otherwise known as LEO) at the University of Notre Dame. The center is identifying the data-centric, effective and scalable programs that help people move out of poverty. LEO’s research is conducted by Notre Dame faculty "as well as scholars from across the country with expertise in designing and evaluating the impact of domestic anti-poverty programs."

In this episode, we talk to James Sullivan, the Rev. Thomas J. McDonagh, C.S.C., Associate Professor of Economics and LEO's cofounder. We learn more about LEO in general, as well as its evaluation of projects which address juvenile recidivism and efforts to prevent homelessness.

Feb 01 2018

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Data Points Podcast Episode 48 – Cincy Insights with Leigh Tami

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Cities use data to tackle almost every problem imaginable. This includes the serious issue of opiods and overdoses. Using data to tackle serious issues in a public way is a great benefit of open data and performance analytics work and this week we dive...

Jan 11 2018

24mins

Play

Data Points Podcast Episode 47 – 2017 Wrap-Up

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It’s always good to pause and reflect. As the calendar page turns from 2017 to 2018, Eric and Sharon take time out to wrap up 2017 and discuss everything that’s happened on the Data Points podcast in the past year.

Dec 21 2017

12mins

Play

Data Points Podcast Episode 46 – Algorithms, Law, and Openness

Podcast cover
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Many people know about algorithms. But we often don’t know much about them and how they work. In Episode 39 Weapons of Math Destruction, guest Cathy O’Neill described the basics of applications of algorithms in government. Today,

Dec 07 2017

27mins

Play

Data Points Episode 45 – Mayors Challenge

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This week, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the selection committee for its fourth US Mayors Challenge. The Mayors Challenge will invest $17.5 million in American cities to test and implement innovative and shareable solutions that tackle today’s tou...

Nov 30 2017

25mins

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Data Points Episode 44 – Data Standards Directory

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Data standards — what are they, where do you find them, and how should you use them? On this week’s episode of Data Points, we are highlighting the launch a new data standards directory which has be cocreated by GovEx and GeoThink at McGill University....

Nov 09 2017

22mins

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Data Points Episode 43 – Understanding the Fed

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The Federal Reserve is a key part of the US financial infrastructure. But how does it work? And how does it make decisions using data the affects local, state, and federal government agencies and millions of Americans? In this episode,

Oct 24 2017

19mins

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iTunes Ratings

17 Ratings
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The Wonk We Need

By GovLover - May 27 2017
Read more
Each episode is a deep dive on the tools needed to advance local government.

Data to the rescue

By twinkletoesATL - May 24 2016
Read more
Love this idea and the execution. Nice work GovEx!