Data-Driven Policymaking in the Capital Region

Center for Washington Area Studies

How do local governments and related entities use data to inform their decision-making? What is the role of data in the democratic process? Does “data-driven” policy really lead to better services and outcomes for constituents?

The Trachtenberg School's ICMA Chapter and the Center for Washington Area Studies host a panel of experts and moderator John Harden (Metro Data Reporter, The Washington Post) to explore the implications of data’s increasing role in local policymaking. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Panelists:

  • Wanda Gibson, CIO, Prince George’s County, who oversees technology policy and innovation and previously served as the CTO/CIO for Fairfax County.
  • Sam Quinney, Director, The Lab @ DC, who leads a scientific team in the D.C. Mayor’s office that generates data-driven evidence for local policies.
  • Tom Lee, Policy Lead, Mapbox, who works to provide open source geospatial data tools to local governments.
  • Alena Stern, Data Science Fellow, Urban Institute, who uses advanced data analytic techniques to study policy solutions that advance equity in cities.
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