By Data-Smart City Solutions • January 15, 2021

LAW360: HOWARD HENDERSON ON DATA-DRIVEN CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM 

In this interview, Dr. Howard Henderson discusses the importance of community engagement and data in criminal justice reform. Improvements to the criminal justice system require data-driven research, done in conjunction with affected communities.

THE MAYOR.EU: PRAGUE GAMIFIES ITS 2021 BUDGET 

Many governments are struggling with reduced revenue and smaller budgets in 2021. In order to convey how these financial changes will affect the city, and create some understanding, the government created a “Budget Gambling” (Rozpoctovy Hazard) game where residents can learn about the municipal government and play as financial managers to appreciate what the city is working with. 

THE CONVERSATION: COMPUTER SCIENCE JOBS PAY WELL AND ARE GROWING FAST. WHY ARE THEY OUT OF REACH FOR SO MANY OF AMERICA'S STUDENTS? 

The digital divide typically refers to the lack of internet access across different socio-economic groups. However, data shows that there is a different type of digital divide: a racial gap in the tech workforce. This article outlines how the computer science and STEM industries can address existing racial disparities. 

GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY: ANCHORAGE OFFERS UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR TECH INNOVATION 

In this interview, Chief Innovation Officer Brendan Babb discusses the specific challenges and opportunities for innovation in Anchorage, Alaska. For example, the supply lines to Anchorage are more complicated and longer than in the contiguous United States, so the city relied on innovative measures to secure personal protective equipment. Additionally, the population of Anchorage is more than 40 percent of the state population, so any innovation done at the city level has a disproportionate impact. 

DATA KC: DATAKC ANNUAL REPORT 

This interactive report highlights Kansas City, Missouri’s data work during the “stress test” that was 2020. The annual report discusses how the city addressed the COVID-19 pandemic, while also innovating services, moving to remote work, and engaging the community. Some examples include behaviorally-driven COVID-19 messaging, coordinating contact tracing, and a randomized trial for new business license applications.