The history of any great city is often recorded in the accomplishments of individual leaders. When we think of New York, we think of Fiorello La Guardia and Mike Bloomberg. When we think of Chicago, we think of Mayor Daley — both of them. But in the 21st Century, tools exist that allow engaged citizens from every walk of life to write the next chapter in the history of their city using data and collaboration.
When I took office, our team at the City of Tulsa recognized the enormous benefits of using data to help solve public problems, drive policy and measure results. However, as we tried using data to guide decisions and lower barriers to innovation, we discovered we lacked the ability to use our own data and the data analytics talent needed to transform local government’s use of data-driven evidence. But that didn’t stop us. We forged on and found a solution.