Data & Analytics

Tapping workforce data to promote employment equity

The Department of Labor's three-year data strategy will help focus resources on the vulnerable and promote equity, drawing lessons from a pilot using state-level on unemployment.

Inconsistent data reporting thwarts crime analysis

Almost 40% of law enforcement agencies did not submit any data in 2021 to the FBI’s crime statistics collection program.

Satellites zoom in on cities’ hottest neighborhoods to help combat the urban heat island effect

Satellite and population data can help cities created detailed heat maps so they can prepare for and respond to risks associated with extreme heat, a top weather-related killer.

3 ways governments can regain citizens’ trust

Transparency, efficiency and accountability are the key ingredients to rebuilding confidence.

Data tools help root out social services fraud

Data modeling, analytics and visualizations are helping the Texas HHS inspector general detect and prevent fraud, waste and abuse within state programs.

Replacing lead pipes first depends on being able to find them

Ohio is helping communities locate, remove and replace toxic lead pipes.

Connected vehicle, infrastructure data drives roadway safety

City planners will soon be able to share and validate digital models of traffic conditions with the help of an open-source tool that collects data from connected vehicles and infrastructure sensors.

GAO tags unemployment insurance as 'high risk'

The government watchdog says more than $78 billion in improper unemployment insurance payments were made in fiscal year 2021, and cited fraud, poor customer service, inequitable access, legacy tech and staffing shortages as key drivers of failure.

6 ways technology can streamline public records requests

Agencies are relying on technology to simplify and streamline their public records request process and, as a second-order effect, increase constituents’ confidence in their governing bodies.

FEMA leans into data science to ensure equitable disaster aid distribution

Many federal datasets are not disaggregated by race, ethnicity, gender, disability, income, veteran status or other demographics, limiting the agency's efforts to measure and advance equity.

USDA launches outreach project for key nutrition program

The WIC program struggles with participation and retention rates, but a new push is afoot to identify eligible recipients.

Getting ahead of the next pandemic

New York City’s Pandemic Response Institute will collect data and leverage computer models to develop locally tailored health solutions to prepare for, respond to and recover from future health crises.

Database for a secure EV battery supply chain

A new database aims to advance the adoption of zero-emission vehicles by providing information and data that inform the production of EV batteries and development of a secure domestic battery supply chain.

What are digital twins? A pair of computer modeling experts explain

Digital twins improve modeling efficiency and reliability in a wide variety of domains, from building and bridge inspections to self-driving cars.

Visualizing vulnerability: County maps show areas of greatest need

To study equity differences at systemic and place-based levels, Fairfax County put census data on color-coded maps so that officials can quickly see areas of greatest need.

Graduation dashboard shows how education spending pays off

Utah’s State Auditor created a dashboard that shows historical graduation and spending rates per student to highlight differences in educational attainment.

Miami taps smart tech to verify commercial water use

The pilot program aims to identify meters that are not accurately tracking water use and help the county recover revenue lost to undercounting.