Kennedy School pilots network for chief data officers

Kennedy School pilots network for chief data officers

Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government is creating a Civic Analytics Network, a nationwide collaboration of urban chief data officers to apply data visualization and predictive analytics to local economic and social problems.

The Civic Analytics Network will focus on four key activities as it works to improve member access to new technologies and develop cross-agency and collaborative solutions:

  • Develop use cases that demonstrate analytics addressing cross-agency, multidisciplinary social service challenges.
  • Create a shared location-based platform that will visualize problems and various solutions in a GIS-tagged format.
  • Meet regularly to facilitate discussion of ongoing challenges and accomplishments.
  • Disseminate research on the use of data visualization and predictive analytics in cities and counties.

So far, there are 12 participating communities, including the cities of Boston and Chicago.

The Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation will serve as a central advisor for the network and will provide partner cities and counties with data fellows who will document attempts, processes and successes in data analytics.

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Amanda Ziadeh is a former reporter/producer for GCN.

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