StateScoop: Why do we care about leveraging data as an asset in government?
This is a recurring question that we in the civic data community face. The most common answer is data is critical for better decision-making. Without data, the answer goes, government leaders make decisions based on a hunch about what they intuitively feel makes the most sense. A government data program is about taking the blindfold off policymakers so they can make decisions based on what the data tell them works.