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The unprecedented crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic elevated the importance of data-driven decisions and made state and local government data leaders key figures in the response processes.
When the pandemic hit, public-sector data leaders had to quickly establish capabilities and access to new data, operating a nimble, innovative, coordinated and collaborative fashion to meet the data needs of key policy decision-makers and the public. Chief data officers and data leaders in state and local government found themselves on the front lines, supporting decision-makers with data to help control the epidemic and encourage economic recovery.
We talked with a number of state and local government data leaders during this historic crisis to find out what they learned, what they see as emerging data trends and how they think the data industry can be better positioned to help solve future societal challenges.