With a growing emphasis on the use of data to effectively and efficiently run government, its quality is critical. All too frequently, the information used is out of date, inaccurate, incompatible, siloed, difficult to use and confusing. This panel will delve into the reasons data can be problematic, the ramifications, and the reasons this issue is of paramount importance.
Stefaan G. Verhulst is Co-Founder and Chief Research and Development Officer of the Governance Laboratory at New York University. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Culture and Communications at NYU, Senior Research Fellow for the Center for Media and Communications Studies at Central European University in Budapest, a Board Member of ORBICOM-Unesco and an Affiliated Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Global Communications Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He regularly advises international organizations and has written and co-authored several books on a variety of topics including Internet Governance.
Ben Ward is a manager in the Information Technology Audits Unit for the California State Auditor’s Office. He is responsible for managing information systems audits, which include system control reviews and data analytics. Ben is a Certified Information Systems Auditor and an ACL Certified Data Analyst and has worked for the California State Auditor’s Office for more than 10 years.
Katherine Barrett is a principal with Barrett and Greene Inc., an organization that researches, analyzes and writes about state and local governments. The Volcker Alliance, the Council of State Governments, Governing Magazine, The Fels Institute at the University of Pennsylvania and others are among its current primary outlets. Barrett has been tracking the topic of “bad data” for some years now, and was co-author of a much-read Governing magazine cover story about the topic that ran in June of 2015.