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08/13/2020
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7 states doing data well

As data plays a growing role in how state governments manage the health crisis, Results for America and the National Governors Association on Wednesday named seven states they say are leading the nation in evidence-based policymaking. Colorado, Connecticut, Minnesota, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah and Washington were recognized, and in a webinar leaders from those states shared best practices and some of the challenges that have accrued in recent months. Connecticut state epidemiologist Dr. Matthew Cartter said he's sometimes been challenged in acquiring reliable statistics on even some of the most basic measures of how government is fighting the virus. Colin Wood has the story.


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A case for the state CDO

Researchers at the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University say that chief data officers should be playing a larger role in states' efforts to reboot their economies after the coronavirus pandemic has sapped revenues nationwide. Speaking to StateScoop about a new guide published this week containing recommendations for state leaders on how to integrate data into initiatives on workforce, health care and budget, they urged the creation of comprehensive data strategies that can ferret out which initiatives are pulling their weight. "You have to have both the policy expertise and the data expertise,” said Katya Abazajian, one of the report's authors. Ryan Johnston reports.


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Building a stronger cybersecurity posture

Sajed Naseem, CISO for the New Jersey Courts shares how his team was able to engage leaders from across the agency’s lines of business to build greater security awareness and a stronger cybersecurity framework. When the agency moved to work from home, it already had a strong foundation to shift priorities and funding to secure its networks. Naseem says security leaders need data to support the business case for long-term security investments. Read more from the CISO.


California's data troubles

In case you missed it: California Public Health Director Sonia Angell resigned over the weekend, just days after news that glitches in the electronic system the state uses to collect COVID-19 lab data was leading officials to share an overly optimistic picture of the state’s progress in fighting the pandemic. Neither Angell, Gov. Gavin Newsom nor other officials have explained her departure. Details also remain sparse about the faulty lab reporting system that led the state to undercount its COVID-19 cases. Newsom only told reporters earlier this week that "technology is always stubborn and a challenge.” Read about it.


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