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State data leaders form alliance

The State Chief Data Officer (CDO) Network will be getting some help from the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University to support its efforts to encourage better government data use in public policy and service delivery.

Members of the State Chief Data Officer Network, informally launched in 2016, held their inaugural meeting Nov. 12-13 at the Beeck Center to share their experiences, build relationships and improve coordination in support of strong data management and oversight.

The network aims to:

  • Identify successful efforts and strategies to leverage and integrate data that might scale to other states.
  • Discover where data can be better utilized to drive policy and service delivery.
  • Support the work state CDOs produce through playbooks, templates, models or toolkits.
  • Inspire other states to adopt the role of CDO.

Although only half the states have a CDO, the State CDO Network aims to connect top-level data leadership and facilitate sharing best practices.

“Using data to identify areas to target solutions for social issues like opioid addiction, child welfare, and economic mobility is a growing need across the country, and the members of this network bring a wealth of experience and success to share with each other,” said Beeck Center Fellow Tyler Kleykamp, the former CDO of Connecticut and new leader of the State CDO Network.

Connecting state CDOs will allow them to communicate successes and exchange strategies for navigating the cultural, legal and technological challenges associated with leveraging data as a strategic asset, Beeck Center officials said.

The Beeck Center will help formalize the duties and responsibilities of the CDO, recruit CDO candidates for states, inspire elevation of the CDO role and surface successful strategies in toolkits that can be replicated across this network and the nation.

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