Nudges can help prevent students from dropping out of STEM programs, according to a new study. Personalized cell phone messages helped retain students after the first year (of two year degree programs) by targeting both academic and non-academic aspects of the student experience. The effects were particularly pronounced for students of color, who are underrepresented in STEM fields.
GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY: MARYLAND TRIES FRESH APPROACH WITH BUDGET TRANSPARENCY PORTAL
A new partnership between the Maryland Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and Department of Information Technology (DoIT) is bringing budget transparency to the people. Through a collaborative process, the two departments built a simple, easy to understand portal that helps residents explore, contextualize, and visualize the state’s budget and spending data.
As new technology allows the collection of real-time crime and public safety data, city officials are concerned with the use and impacts of that information. Officials in Atlanta are beginning to draft a citywide data strategy to incorporate the newly produced datasets and the historical databases that have existed in the city for years.
Electric scooters have changed mobility around the world, and cities in Brazil have developed key metrics for managing the new technologies. These include data sharing regulations, taxes, and speed limits; the article outlines examples from various cities to model new ways of managing the presence of e-scooters.
Icier roads, potholes, and increased congestion are making roads more dangerous and raising the costs of maintenance. Using artificial intelligence, radio signals, and vehicle sensors, local governments are coming up with innovative ways to repair roads faster, prevent accidents, and reduce costs.
The benefits of 311 data are multiplying for cities that provide apps and websites for citizen requests and interaction. Not only are they able to address existing complaints, but using the historical data, cities can identify patterns and find key areas of concern for residents. This means cities can begin to move from reactive to proactive.