March 11, 2015Event Recap

Brookings Event: Data-Driven Government: A New Approach to Governing


As mayor of Baltimore and later as Maryland’s chief executive, Governor Martin O’Malley pioneered data-driven decision-making in government. Through programs like CitiStat in Baltimore and StateStat in Maryland, O’Malley implemented a new approach toward governing: using data to drive policy decisions, set goals, measure performance, and increase government transparency.

On March 11, the Center for Effective Public Management; at Brookings hosted a discussion with Governor Martin O’Malley to explore how data-driven decision-making, open data, and performance measurement can positively impact government policy and effectiveness. This forum centered on ways in which these tools could improve the performance of the federal government–and perhaps begin the process of restoring public trust in the federal government.