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BUILDing Better, Healthier Communities

Brian Castrucci | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact
Brian Castrucci

Our consequences-based approach to health care will lead to a lifetime of medication, countless doctor visits, and the need for surgery and other costly interventions for those who are chronically ill.

How One Man Turned a Municipal Police Department Into an Agile Software Company

Rich Nadworny | Posted 02.02.2015 | Technology
Rich Nadworny

In the middle of this, Burlington Police Chief Mike Schirling asked a critical question: What if we built this ourselves, based on our own needs and experience?

What Communities Are More Likely to Embrace Corporal Punishment? Let's Look at the Data

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 01.24.2015 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

On September 21, 2014, we sent a public records request to the Louisiana Department of Education, requesting the number of school corporal punishment incidents for the 2011-2014 school years. On October 29, 2014, we received the data. It was revealing.

States Using Data to Pave the Path to Student Success

Aimee Rogstad Guidera | Posted 01.20.2015 | Education
Aimee Rogstad Guidera

Creating policies and practices that give educators and families useful information about students to improve their learning is a monumental task. This work takes dedicated resources, dedicated time, and dedicated professionals -- lots of them.

No Amount of Data Can Replace a Good Classroom Teacher

Randy Turner | Posted 01.20.2015 | Education
Randy Turner

Administrators keep feeding teachers the basic nonsense that we could do much better teaching now that we have data we can use. So we keep giving tests. But learning has become something teachers try to sneak in whenever it's possible. And for students, enjoyment of learning is a dim memory.

Scaling the Mt. Everest of Behavioral Analytics

Illah Nourbakhsh | Posted 01.12.2015 | Technology
Illah Nourbakhsh

Multiple companies are vying to be the entry point for your behavioral interaction at home: Nest, Google, Amazon, Apple, Samsung and many others. All of them want to know what you do, what you buy, and how you behave at home.

Help, My Phone Drowned!

Myra Demeter | Posted 01.07.2015 | Fifty
Myra Demeter

Plop! It finally happened. My iPhone fell in the toilet. My husband has warned me many times about keeping my cell phone in my pants' back pocket and I continued to do so. It has fallen on the floor around the bowl too many times to count, but never before did I make the "bulls eye shot."

States Should Be Giving You Useful Data About Your Children's Schools

Aimee Rogstad Guidera | Posted 01.04.2015 | Education
Aimee Rogstad Guidera

While report card day is a moment of truth for students, when is the time for states to pony up accurate information about how they're doing to parents? The answer in too many states is not often enough.

Going Against the Flow: Bastiaan Janmaat, CEO & Cofounder of DataFox

Charu Sharma | Posted 12.30.2014 | Business
Charu Sharma

Bastiaan is the CEO and Cofounder of DataFox Intelligence, a company and sector intelligence platform backed by Google Ventures. Prior to launching Da...

When We Don't Own Who We Are

Karen Gifford | Posted 12.28.2014 | Technology
Karen Gifford

Ultimately, how we manage our personal identity is fundamental to how we share, how we trust each other, and ultimately how we work together. We owe it to ourselves to take responsibility for, well, who we are.

Telling Stories

Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP | Posted 12.21.2014 | Business
Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP

Stories convey information in a very unique way. Plus, they're so much more interesting and engaging than facts, bar graphs or pie charts.

Time to Break the Logjam on ECPA Reform

Victoria Espinel | Posted 12.21.2014 | Technology
Victoria Espinel

Email, photos and documents we store electronically are not any less important to our personal and professional lives than the ones we keep on paper. Yet they are still held to different standards: Authorities need a warrant to search a file cabinet, but not your hard drive or email.

"Every Number Represents a Kiddo's Face"

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Last week I quoted a principal who said about the student achievement data in her school, "They are just numbers, but the teachers here know that every number represents a kiddo's face."

Manufacturers Struggle to Turn Data Into Insight

Techonomy | Posted 12.15.2014 | Technology
Techonomy

Let's tone down the hype about the Industrial Internet of Things. While the concept shows promise the far more pressing opportunity is learning to make better use of the mountains of data that factories already generate each year.

Hiding in Plain Sight: Disaggregating Data to Address the Racial Divide in Education

Ben Hecht | Posted 12.13.2014 | Impact
Ben Hecht

Changing complex education systems is no easy feat. It requires patience, humility, and a willingness to honestly and openly acknowledge "what is" in order to work towards "what could be."

Tech Justice: Social Justice Emerges From the High Tech Arena

Nadeem Mazen | Posted 12.13.2014 | Technology
Nadeem Mazen

Imagine a system with complete data security where program coordinators can proactively recruit promising students based on academic need, workforce development initiatives, or neighborhood demands.

Assessing the Pervasiveness of Sexual Assault on College Campuses: The Importance of Data

Kevin Eagan | Posted 12.13.2014 | College
Kevin Eagan

The increased media attention and new regulations raining down on institutions from local, state and federal policymakers necessitate that colleges and universities better realize the prevalence of the issue on their campuses.

Data Mining: The Consumer Becoming the Consumed

Henk Campher | Posted 12.08.2014 | Business
Henk Campher

Does it feel like someone is always watching you? Have you noticed the same ads showing up no matter where you go online? And they all try to sell you stuff that has very little to do with your actual interests?

More or Better Development Data? Yes, Please...

Morten Jerven | Posted 12.08.2014 | World
Morten Jerven

The debate on Sustainable Development Goals, which are to replace the Millennium Development Goals in 2015, is reminiscent of a Winnie-the-Pooh-approach to measuring development. Do you want your poverty measure disaggregated by region or by gender? Both, and don't bother worrying about the measurement please.

Paul Blumenthal

Crowdpac Helps Small Donors Find A Perfect Match In Politics

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Combining a unique data set with a nonpartisan outlook, a new organization called Crowdpac hopes to break out of the pack of political c...

JPMorgan Says Data Breach Hit 76 Million Households

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 10.02.2014 | Business

A cyber attack at America's biggest bank this summer affected more than half of all U.S. households -- far, far more than previously estimated, and th...

Using Data to Broaden Our Students' Horizons

Aimee Rogstad Guidera | Posted 11.30.2014 | Education
Aimee Rogstad Guidera

Like all powerful tools, data can be used effectively and they can be misused. That's why we need the right policies and practices in place to ensure they're being used to encourage learning and increase achievement.

New Data: Millennials Are Better Off with Obamacare

Tom Allison | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Tom Allison

New U.S. Census data released last week shows that the number, and rate of young adults, who lack health insurance has fallen significantly since the Affordable Care Act became law in March 2010.

September 30: Stakeholder Call on the Launch of Data.gov/AAPI

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

A version of this blog was originally posted on the White House Blog on September 24, 2014. The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific...

5 Things UN Negotiators Should Do to Ensure the SDGs Are Measurable

Angel Hsu | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green
Angel Hsu

What can be done to ensure that countries can both measure and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular, those that apply to environmental sustainability?