Infusing Government with a Data-Driven Culture

Infusing Government with a Data-Driven Culture

There are many different ways city leaders can utilize or even define the purpose of data. One could think about performance data as it relates to activities, like the number of potholes filled or arrests made, or how it relates to service outcomes which, like initiatives on obesity or infant mortality, require data sharing across agencies. Then there’s open data, which is seen in some localities as an obligatory transparency measure and in others as real way to encourage co-production of governance.

Most municipalities have done some work in at least one of these areas. But to unleash the full potential of data, a city needs a coordinated strategy that overcomes procurement obstacles while encompassing each pillar of its data-directed work. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter set out to change the data and performance culture of his city during his two terms, which ended in January.

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Survey: Almost All Police Departments Plan to Use Body Cameras

Survey: Almost All Police Departments Plan to Use Body Cameras

Nearly every large police department in a new nationwide survey said it plans to move forward with body-worn cameras, with 95 percent either committed to body cameras or having completed their implementation. But as body cameras become more common, police will face a host of policy issues they must sort out.

The survey, conducted by the Major Cities Chiefs Association and Major County Sheriffs’ Association, asked 70 law enforcement agencies around the country about their plans for implementing body-worn recording devices. Results of the survey shed light on the different policy approaches police are taking.

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NASBO: State Spending to Increase for 6th Straight Year

NASBO: State Spending to Increase for 6th Straight Year

State spending will rise this year for the sixth straight year, but the increases continue to be moderate as states settle in to the slow-growth era, according to a new report.

States are expected to spend just over $790 billion from their general funds in fiscal 2016. That’s up 4.1 percent over fiscal 2015, although it’s a slightly smaller rate of increase than last year. The numbers are detailed in a report released Tuesday by the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO). After several years of turmoil during and after the 2008 recession, states have now seen more than half a decade of steady spending increases, representing an era of stability.

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