How cities are using data to improve outcomes and save money: An interview with Stephen Goldsmith, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School – Episode #67

While there’s a lot of buzz about “big data” these days, today’s interview looks beyond the buzz to examine concrete examples of how leading cities are using data and analytics to produce tangible improvements to outcomes and save money. These cities are linking data across agencies while protecting privacy, analyzing patterns and using predictive analytics, using data to target services or enforcement to get better results, and maintaining a strong focus on outcomes and not just activities.

To learn more, we’re joined by one of the nation’s experts on public management and leadership. Stephen Goldsmith (@GoldsmithOnGov) has served as the Mayor of Indianapolis and as Deputy Mayor of New York City. He is currently a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he directs Data-Smart City Solutions initiative. His new book, co-authored by Susan Crawford, is The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance (also see the website).