Roundtable: Better Decisions by Making the Most of City Data
(Public and Non-Profit Management and Finance)

Friday, November 3, 2017: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Ogden (Hyatt Regency Chicago)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Roundtable Organizers:  Matthew Stagner, Mathematica Policy Research
Moderators:  Matthew Stagner, Mathematica Policy Research
Speakers:  Tom Schenk, City of Chicago, Nick Mader, University of Chicago and Bo McCall, Kansas City Manager's Office of Performance Management

This roundtable will discuss advances in the availability and use of data created for and by large city service systems. Panelists will provide examples of work in Chicago and Kansas City, using city data to improve citizen understanding of policy and informing policy decisions. Topics will include open data, public availability, partnership with researchers, data visualization, and predictive analytics in areas such as public health (food inspections and rodent control) and hospital systems. The value of administrative data is increasingly recognized, in both public sphere and in research institutions. It provides large sample sizes, spatial density of observations, and information on individuals and the specific institutions with which they interact. The panel will address advances as well as challenges such as gaining permission for use and the complicated nature of the data.