Data & Analytics

Protecting the data that makes cities smart

Ensuring the security and privacy of data generated by residents and internet-connected devices will allow cities to reap the benefits of innovation.

Justice launches $8M smart policing grant program

State, local, tribal and campus law enforcement agencies can apply for funds to develop, implement and test new technologies that support community violence intervention and promote information sharing and data transparency.

Synthetic storms provide supplemental data for hurricane damage predictions

Emergency managers no longer have to rely on limited historical datasets to prepare for hurricane-related infrastructure damage.

Health info exchange eases Medicaid redeterminations

CRISP, Maryland’s designated health data utility, will provide managed care organizations with data on patients whose Medicaid enrollment must be re-evaluated.

Data-based decision-making is flawed when the data is flawed

There are many reasons the quality of state and local data can be poor. Using that information can lead to unfortunate results.

Data warehouse aggregates local homelessness data for statewide analysis

To target services and funds aimed at reducing and preventing homelessness, California’s data sharing platform allows state and local leaders to coordinate services, policies and programs.

New tool to help cities make the case for public safety funding

The Black-led coalition behind the online tool is also launching an effort to reduce gun homicides in 12 cities by 20% over the next five years. Its inaugural cohort includes Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Indianapolis and Newark.

Report: Smarter wildfire fighting demands better data quality and sharing

A new framework advises agencies on how to improve wildfire control with emerging tech.

Look for fraudsters to apply COVID-era tricks to new programs

The pandemic laid bare state and local governments’ vulnerability to fraud, and agencies must lean into data-sharing technology to keep up defenses, an expert advises.

Data to treat the rising cost of prescriptions

Minnesota policymakers have new dashboards to track prescription costs in an effort to combat unaffordable medication.

CDC technology office plans roadmap for public health data interoperability

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of Public Health Data, Surveillance and Technology is aiming to expand public health data sharing and nationwide health equity over the next two years.

How data gaps feed inequity

Fully representative datasets are crucial for creating accurate narratives and targeted interventions.

Public safety data officer wants to break silos, make data more transparent

Better use of data can help the business community work with the city to reduce crime, according to the Greater Baltimore Committee’s new public safety data officer.

IoT network delivers real-time data on parking availability

Data from low-power internet-of-things sensors buried under 4,500 on-street parking spaces will help Arlington County better understand the feasibility of demand-based pricing for metered curb space.

In search of better criminal justice data

The Biden administration wants to know how data can be used to deliver more equitable policing.

Getting started with targeted public health interventions

COMMENTARY | Data sharing that supports more granular analysis into the social factors that drive health inequities will help public health agencies offer targeted interventions to address them.

Seismologists can’t predict an impending earthquake, but longer term forecasts and brief warnings after one starts are possible

Earthquake prediction technology is still a farfetched idea that, if ever realized, may even complicate disaster response plans.