The Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab (Colorado Lab) supported the Governor’s Office of Information Technology in its first ever Smart Data Summit in November. The event brought together Colorado state agency leadership and staff to discuss how to maximize the value of data to improve the lives of Coloradans.
Speakers included Colorado Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne; Jon Gottsegen, Chief Data Officer at OIT; and Kathy Stack, former Vice President at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and Advisor for Evidence-Based Innovation in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.
Dr. Kristin Klopfenstein, Director of the Colorado Lab, moderated a panel on how data sharing improves the lives of Colorado residents. Panelists included Chris Underwood, Director of the Health Information Office at the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing; Alison George, Director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs Division of Housing; and Kellie Wasko, Deputy Executive Director at the Colorado Department of Corrections.
Kristin reflected on the panel’s lively exchange: “Health care, housing, and corrections influence the lives of so many people in our state. It was exciting to hear the many ways that these departments are working together to improve the way state government serves Colorado residents.”
The event also included a State Data Initiatives Showcase, including a new state initiative supported by the Colorado Lab to create a linking hub for research and analytics called the Linked Information Network of Colorado (LINC). Whitney LeBouef, the Colorado Lab’s Director of Data Integration and Analytics, played an important role in the event, including helping secure funding from the National Governor’s Association.
For more information about the Colorado Lab and its work, visit www.coloradolab.org.