So You Think You Have A Data & Analytics Strategy?

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So you have the right technology, and an analyst or data scientist or two on staff. Is that enough to claim you have a full data and analytics (D&A) strategy? No – it’s not.

Much more is needed – and most organizations are not there yet:

  • Buy-in at the senior leadership level.
  • A deliberate D&A strategy, with a common understanding of and commitment to the strategy across departments, including objectives, goals and measures of success.
  • The willingness to build the right cross-organizational structures and processes, and commit the appropriate technological and human capacity needed to implement and sustain the strategy.
  • Full integration of the D&A strategy with the business strategy, so that analysis truly drives decision making.
  • The willingness to change direction if your analysis indicates that’s the right thing to do.
  • Full involvement of non-D&A staff – the business experts – into the strategy.

Data-driven Government


Much as been written about bringing effective analytics to government (and by extension, quasi-governmental organizations such as regulators), and we have seen leaders emerge in this area. Overall, though, the process of translating the available research, knowledge and practices into action has been slow. There are strategies for addressing the challenges faced by public sector organizations in adopting and embracing a data-driven culture, many coming from private sector organizations such as Hewlett Packard and IBM.

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Click to access empowering_a_data-driven_government.pdf

Moneyballing Criminal Justice

TED Talk – October 2013

Anne Milgram, Former Attorney General of New Jersey

For a companion piece to Malcolm Sparrow’s book Handcuffed: What Holds Policing Back, and the Keys to Reform (see my review in the preceding post), take a few minutes to watch this fascinating TED talk from a criminal justice reformer who is renewing the drive to use data analytics to make better decisions in the U.S. criminal justice system. And in keeping with Sparrow’s message of collaboration, I would strongly encourage regulators to pay close attention to strategic advancements in the criminal justice system. There is much mutual learning to be had.

Anne Milgram is a former criminal prosecutor and Attorney General of New Jersey (2010-13), who has since moved on to found the Criminal Justice Initiative at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

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