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