Category Archives: Data

What Mid-Size Cities Can Teach Feds About Performance

Early lessons have begun to emerge from the three-year, $42 million effort launched last year by Bloomberg Philanthropies to help 100 mid-sized cities improve their performance through open data, performance management, evaluation, and results-driven contracting. Continue reading SIRC’s column at … Continue reading

Posted in Data, Government Performance, Performance Management

Universal Login for Federal Agencies Nears Rollout, State and Local Data Systems May Follow

A universal login for individuals accessing federal agency information, called, is currently “production ready” and is being tested by a variety of federal agencies, according to a report from NextGov.  The service may also affect — and possibly contribute … Continue reading

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Education Data Privacy in the States: 2014 Update

The Data Quality Campaign has just released a report (and associated blog post) on the status of state efforts to address education data privacy. Since most states have part-time legislatures whose legislative sessions are over by now, the report provides … Continue reading

Posted in Data, Education

ACF Releases Confidentiality Toolkit

The Administration for Children and Families has released a Confidentiality Toolkit to help human services providers navigate the confidentiality and data security requirements of a number of federal programs. The report is a product of the agency’s broader Interoperability Initiative, … Continue reading

Posted in Children and Families, Data

White House Releases Reports on Big Data

On May 1, the White House released two reports on big data that were assembled at the request of President Obama. The primary report covers the development of big data technology and its tension with privacy rights and laws. It … Continue reading

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Gates-funded Education Data Warehouse, inBloom, to Close

On April 21, inBloom, a nonprofit education data warehouse launched with the financial backing of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, announced that it would close. The announcement came after a number of its state-level clients, swamped with protests over … Continue reading

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