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The data officer is here to stay

More state leaders have realized in recent years that successfully harnessing untapped troves of data can have an outsized influence on nearly every outcome that they care about. This became especially evident during the COVID-19 pandemic, with 11 states creating new chief data officer positions over the past two years, while existing data offices have been staffing up. "It really starts to feel like it’s a thing that’s here to stay," said former Connecticut CDO Tyler Kleykamp. Colin Wood reports.

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What's the data worth anyway?

When elected officials tout the achievements of their data programs, they often frame it in terms of dollars saved or waste reduced. StateScoop's special report on data analytics also tries to peel back on that, finding that outcomes are just as often measured in how many people's lives are changed. “It’s very difficult to measure, to attach any value,” said former Virginia CDO Carlos Rivero, who oversaw a data operation that aimed to reduce opioid overdoses in the commonwealth. Benjamin Freed has more.

Cities are getting better at reading between the numbers

After two years of unceasing public and internal demand for accurate, easily understandable analysis of the COVID-19 pandemic, city leaders have never held data in higher regard than they do now. But many cities still struggle to get a grasp on “inaccessible” data from outdated or difficult-to-reach sources. Ryan Johnston has details.

Welcome to the Cyberdome

Boise State University is offering a new security-as-a-service program for local governments around Idaho. It's called the "Cyberdome" — and, yes, it's named after the "Mad Max" movie. Emily Bamforth reports for EdScoop.

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