State and local governments are beefing up their data and analytics practices, and as that transition occurs, decision makers need to look toward governance and strategy as next steps.
On the third episode of the 2017 edition of StateScoops Priorities podcast which chronicles the top 10 priorities of state chief information officers leaders from two states and the private sector say governance is the logical next step for government data operations.
The first thing [states] need to do is figure out an information governance policy, and then they also tend to put together a small team of experts, HPEs Lewis Carr says. Then the issue is,I need some storefront,some market,to publicize the approach of sharing data.
Thisfocus is especially noticeable as states and cities begin to appoint or hire executives to focus exclusively on data. Arkansas announced Monday the hire of its first chief data officer, and earlier this year, New Jersey codified the position of a chief data officer into law.
Elizabeth Rowe, New Jerseys chief data officer, had been serving in the role for two years prior to the law establishing the position, allowing her and her team to establish a foundation for the role.
Right now we have a lot of individual agencies at various levels of maturity, but from an enterprise perspective, I think our overall analytics perspective is immature, Rowe says on Priorities. But thanks to those recent developments, that will help with standardization of data and processes across the executive branch.
Despite the increased focus on data across the state government community, the focus areaactually declined on the top 10 priority list established by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, sinking fromthe fourth highest priority in 2016to the seventh in 2017. Data, however, only first appeared on the list as a top 10 priority in 2016.
On this podcast: