Data & Analytics

Metadata catalog refreshes one state’s water use insights

A metadata catalog is helping Arizona water resource managers quickly find and analyze the data needed by water users, planners and decision-makers.

Why Republican-led states keep leaving a group that verifies voter rolls

Some cite ‘election integrity’ in their decision to depart.

Ohio Senate approves DATA Act standardizing elections information statewide

The proposal, known as the DATA Act, grew out of a report commissioned by the Trump-aligned America First Policy Institute.

How feds think data can buy time for people suffering a financial shock

Financial assistance programs need to respond quickly to be effective. The vast troves of government data offer opportunities to shave down that time.

How agencies can clean up criminal records to automate expungement

Automatic record clearance is a growing priority for states as criminal records delay individuals’ ability to reenter society and fill open job slots.

One city’s growing opioid crisis brings data-driven solutions to the front lines

Two decades of overdose data helps the Baltimore City Health Department understand drug use trends to shape treatment programs.

Virginia joins Republican states pulling out of multi-state voter list program

Once a founding member of the Electronic Registration Information Center, a nationwide data-sharing initiative to maintain voter roll accuracy, Virginia plans to leave the organization and establish its own maintenance system.

Optimization model delivers faster emergency response

Researchers used historical traffic data to develop a model that calculates the most efficient routes for police and medical personnel traveling from dispatch locations to vehicle accident sites.

Federal money is coming to fix aging flood control systems – but plans all too often reflect historical patterns and not future risks

As communities replace aging infrastructure to prepare for future climate-driven storms, aging data stands in the way. Experts warn historical weather data may not be sufficient for new infrastructure decisions.

Data gaps curtail innovation, digital equity

Insufficient or incomplete information limits governments' ability to leverage data-driven solutions and innovations, according to a recent report.

Prediction: 2023 will be a ‘very active’ hurricane season

Using a machine learning model, researchers predict heightened hurricane activity this year that may leave the East Coast and Gulf Coast especially vulnerable.

Don't call it data literacy, it's data proficiency

States can get employees successfully working with data by making the training process more approachable, data experts said.

AI project targets hidden tax shelters

By flagging unintended consequences of changes to tax policies, AI researchers hope to shut down tax shelters used by sophisticated tax dodgers.

Are people getting better at avoiding misinformation?

Research shows people may be avoiding unreliable websites more often, but older adults are still targets of malicious misinformation.

How one city transformed its approach to data

COMMENTARY | Carlsbad, California, had siloed data streams and didn’t effectively communicate between departments. It changed that and is using its smart city status to tackle today's biggest problems.

City pilots sensors that track street activity, detect conflicts

The devices will collect data on road users’ speed, turning movements and modes and paths of travel to inform safety initiatives and city planning.

Takeaways from our investigation into Wisconsin’s racially inequitable dropout algorithm

Wisconsin’s Dropout Early Warning System (DEWS) scores every middle schooler based on income, race and more.