Governing by the Numbers

Discussions on data-driven decision-making at the state and local levels

Live in Denver: Join Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper on Oct. 14 as he kicks off a series of discussions on evidence-based governing, with a special focus on election administration and tax incentives.

States and localities are increasingly using data and evidence to achieve better outcomes for their citizens—and their bottom lines. Join The Pew Charitable Trusts and Atlantic Media’s Route Fifty in Denver for a conversation with Governor Hickenlooper and other state officials on how Colorado has successfully developed policies and systems that deliver optimal results.

Get expert insights on …

  • How Colorado policymakers at all levels of government use data to improve decision-making.
  • How data-driven election administration can ensure accuracy, cost-effectiveness, and security.
  • Why using evidence and evaluation to inform tax incentive policy helps obtain the best results for states’ budgets, businesses, and taxpayers.

This event is open to the public and will also be streamed live.


All times in Mountain time

9–9:30 a.m.

Registration and breakfast

9:30–9:35 a.m.

Welcome remarks: Hilery Sirpis, publisher of Route Fifty

Introduction of Gov. Hickenlooper: Tom Conroy, Pew vice president

9:35–10:15 a.m.

Keynote remarks: Governor Hickenlooper

10:15–11 a.m.

Panel 1: Elections—using data to achieve the highest standards of accuracy, cost-effectiveness, convenience, and security in America’s system of election administration.


  • Wayne Williams, Colorado secretary of state
  • Amber McReynolds, director of elections for the city and county of Denver
  • Samuel Derheimer, manager of Pew election initiatives
  • Michael Grass, executive editor of Route Fifty (moderator)

11–11:45 a.m.

Panel 2: Tax Incentives—how states use evaluation and evidence to ensure that economic development tax incentives obtain the best results for states’ budgets, businesses, and workers.


  • Colorado State Representative KC Becker
  • Robert Zahradnik, state policy director of Pew’s state fiscal health and economic growth project
  • Scott Greenberger, executive editor of Pew’s Stateline (moderator)

11:45 a.m.

Brief concluding comments: Hilery Sirpis

The front facade of the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, DC.

Agenda for America

A collection of resources to help federal, state, and local decision-makers set an achievable agenda for all Americans

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Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for emerging challenges, it makes government more effective and better able to serve the public interest. In the coming months, President Joe Biden and the 117th Congress will tackle a number of environmental, health, public safety, and fiscal and economic issues—nearly all of them complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help solve specific, systemic problems in a nonpartisan fashion, Pew has compiled a series of briefings and recommendations based on our research, technical assistance, and advocacy work across America.


States of Innovation

Data-driven state policy innovations across America

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Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for difficult challenges. When states serve their traditional role as laboratories of innovation, they increase the American people’s confidence that the government they choose—no matter the size—can be effective, responsive, and in the public interest.

Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 9:00 - 12:00 PM MDT
Location: History Colorado Center
1200 Broadway
Denver, Colorado 80203
Roue Fifty