ODTV Video of the Week: Moving Toward Data-Driven Decisions

May 29, 2015 1:17 pm PST | Data as a Service

Vennard Wright, the Chief Information Officer for Prince George’s County in Maryland, describes the County as having a “bit of a perception problem.” It’s Prince George’s numbers—of reading and math scores, pedestrian fatalities, Section 8 housing, etc.—that lead to people viewing it in a negative light. So it’s only fitting that numbers are also what’s driving the County’s transformation: with open data, the County can showcase how their Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative has reduced crime by 30 percent, as well as improving other key indicators.

In wide-ranging commentary, Wright shares how Prince George’s County gained leadership support to adopt open data, and the County’s journey from making gut-driven, intuition-based decisions, to using data to inform policy and drive conversations. And, with a lot of sensitive data in play, Wright also shares how Prince George uses a governance board to review the data being publicly released, as well as an overarching vision for open data’s role within the County.

Watch the full video, and then browse our videos for more thought-provoking videos on how different governmental organizations put open data to work.


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