Eight states were honored this week for leading the country in using data to improve the lives of their residents.
Results for America, a nonprofit that encourages government officials to use data to inform their decision making, has named Colorado, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah and Washington “main states”. Four states – Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island – were named to the group’s âHonor Rollâ.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of using evidence and data to meet the urgent needs of residents,” Michele Jolin, CEO and co-founder of Results for America, said in a press release.
A Tuesday event, co-hosted by the National Governors’ Association, marked the release of Results for America’s “2021 Invest in what works State Standard of ExcellenceWhich highlighted the best use of data and evidence-based policymaking across the country. In 2021, there were 202 examples of data and evidence-based practice in 36 states, a 130% increase in data-driven politics since 2018.
Utah, Minnesota, and North Carolina were all highlighted in the Results for America press release for using data and evidence-based strategies to improve equity in vaccine distributions.
In Colorado, the state legislature now uses an evidence-based continuum to assess budget requests and provides grants to state agencies to conduct research that will help inform policy decisions, according to the press release. .
Colorado is helping people save money and time by “using data and relying on facts, not anecdotes,” Colorado Governor Jared Polis said in a statement. âOur administration has a data-driven approach when it comes to making our state more affordable, improving our schools, achieving 100% renewable energy. [and] fight against inequalities.
The results for America also underscored Minnesota’s efforts to better assess its response to the opioid epidemic. The state has set aside 1% of its budget to fund data-driven assessments of grants made to deal with the crisis. Tennessee has also been recognized for its decision to require data-based evidence for any request to increase or reduce costs while balancing its budget.
The 2021 State Standard of Excellence shows how many governors and other heads of state are now taking a data and evidence-based approach to accelerating their state’s economic recovery, advancing racial equity and direct dollars towards the most effective solutions, âJolin said. in the statement.