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State Hopes New Big Data Technology Will Solve Big Problems

The Management and Performance Hub project collects and analyzes data from multiple agencies to provide insight into social issues and government efficiency.

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The Indiana Office of Technology and the Office of Management and Budget are leading the project.

Indiana state government is using new big data technology and analysis to address some of its key financial and social issues.

Gov. Mike Pence announced last month the Management and Performance Hub (MPH), a project aiming to enhance the effectiveness of policy development and public management through data collaboration and analytics.

Indiana Office of Technology spokesman Graig Lubsen says before the hub was launched state agencies could only address issues from their own perspective.

“Traditional data analytics has looked at your problems from one sort of measure – so you’re looking at sort of a flat way to view a problem,” Lubsen says.

Now, information from multiple departments can be analyzed at the same time – and more quickly – to provide new insights.

The first issue the state is using the system to address is infant mortality. Indiana ranks 47th in infant mortality – about 7.7 infant deaths per 1,000 live births.

“Were pulling in 50 – 60 different data sets that are across all these agencies, so we’re really pooling all these resources and then analyzing those and then looking for correlations that may provide some idea of causation of infant mortality in the state,” Lubsen says.

Lubsen says they are hoping to see results of infant mortality data collection as early as this summer.

Chris Atkins, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, says the technology hub also uses new technology to give Hoosiers additional insights into how the state government works.

“There are new tools available to allow for more easily accessible and customizable information for the public, relating to things like agency performance and the state’s fiscal health and the governor’s six road map goals for the state,” Atkins says.

Atkins says the new public website will launch sometime in early summer.

Taylor Killough

Taylor Killough is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has studied anthropology and digital journalism. She has professional experience in education and communications and is excited to be a part of the award-winning team at WFIU/WTIU.

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