Data as a Strategic Asset

State governments collect large amounts of data as they manage a wide range of public programs. Compiling data, however, is not the same as harnessing it. Pew’s research focuses on identifying the extent to which states are leveraging their data to inform policy, budgeting, and operational decision-making. Because the field is so new, no comprehensive source of information exists about how states are using data analytics to drive policy decisions and whether they face common challenges. As states consider how best to invest their resources, state leaders will benefit from research on how their counterparts across the country are using data as a strategic asset to make better decisions.

Our Work

  • A Robust Vision for Using Data in Government

    State and local governments collect data in amounts that almost defy description -- everything from health outcomes and marriage records to crime statistics and Head Start enrollments. Much of this data collection is required by federal or state law, and some is compiled at the initiative of individual agencies. Read More

  • Behavioral Analytics Help Save Unemployment Insurance Funds

    Each year, billions of dollars in improper payments are disbursed throughout states as a result of unemployment insurance (UI) fraud and overpayments. To address this problem, New Mexico’s Department of Workforce Solutions (DWS) modernized and integrated two previously disconnected data systems and then analyzed its existing UI data in an effort to understand where in the claims process... Read More

  • Big Data is Big News

    Big data is now big news. To help tap the full potential of data, the Obama administration is investing more than $200 million in its Big Data Research and Development Initiative “to greatly improve the tools and techniques needed to access, organize, and glean discoveries from huge volumes of digital data.” Earlier this year, congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) – now the Speaker of... Read More

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