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Governing by the Numbers

The Promise of Data-Driven Policymaking in the Information Age


12:30 - 2:00 PM EDT

Advances in information technologies provide the ability to quickly and cheaply collect, aggregate, analyze, and disseminate enormous volumes of data. These advances provide the opportunity to rethink and reshape the way government makes decisions. By building a robust information infrastructure, policymakers can position themselves to diagnose problems and implement solutions with far greater precision than ever before.

Please join the Center for American Progress for an address by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD), who is leading the way toward more data-driven government. As mayor of Baltimore, O’Malley achieved dramatic gains in efficiency and effectiveness through the renowned data-tracking system known as CitiStat. Now governor of Maryland, O’Malley recently signed legislation into law to implement StateStat, the state-level version of CitiStat. O’Malley will discuss his vision for StateStat at this event.

Following O’Malley’s remarks, a distinguished panel of experts will discuss ideas for implementing data-driven government. Daniel C. Esty and Reece Rushing will present their new paper, “Governing by the Numbers: The Promise of Data-Driven Policymaking in the Information Age”, which recommends steps at the federal level. Larisa Benson will discuss Washington state’s efforts to implement its own CitiStat-inspired program. And Nell Williams will discuss how data are being used to shape decision-making in the private sector. Sally Katzen will moderate the panel and provide perspective as the former deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget under President Clinton.

Featured Speaker:
Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD)

Introduction by:
John Podesta,
President and CEO of the Center for American Progress

Featured Panelists:
Larisa Benson,
Director of Government Management Accountability and Performance in the office of Washington Governor Chris Gregoire
Daniel C. Esty,
Professor of Environmental Law and Policy at Yale University
Reece Rushing,
Director of Regulatory and Information Policy at the Center for American Progress
Nell Williams,
Vice President of Revenue Management Deployment and Systems Strategy for Marriott International

Moderated by:
Sally Katzen,
Former Deputy Director for Management at the White House Office of Management and Budget under President Clinton