Improving government decision-making with advanced analytics

About the industry
The United States Census Bureau provides a brief overview of the Public Administration sector, explaining, “The Public Administration sector consists of establishments of federal, state, and local government agencies that administer, oversee, and manage public programs and have executive, legislative, or judicial authority over other institutions within a given area. These agencies also set policy, create laws, adjudicate civil and criminal legal cases, provide for public safety and for national defense. In general, government establishments in the Public Administration sector oversee governmental programs and activities that are not performed by private establishments. Establishments in this sector typically are engaged in the organization and financing of the production of public goods and services, most of which are provided for free or at prices that are not economically significant.


Government establishments also engage in a wide range of productive activities covering not only public goods and services but also individual goods and services similar to those produced in sectors typically identified with private-sector establishments. In general, ownership is not a criterion for classification in NAICS. Therefore, government establishments engaged in the production of private-sector-like goods and services should be classified in the same industry as private-sector establishments engaged in similar activities.”
Upcoming trends in the industry
With the increasing challenges the government sector is facing, it is extremely important for government decision makers to know and understand industry trends in order to better serve and meet the growing needs of its citizens. Deloitte touches on the upcoming trends in the government sector in its Industry Outlook, explaining, “Much of our government is experiencing a big shift from a one-way approach to serving its customers to a two-way, more interactive government. This shift is happening in part because of consumer demand for all things mobile, and it can disrupt how government traditionally serves, communicates, and interacts with its customers. This demand for a more mobile-first government only appears to be growing. There is momentum within government, such as the General Services Administration’s 18F, as well as other efforts to help the government better meet the digital age. This mobile-first demand can also mean a more interactive approach to government services. Advances in technology are going to continue to reshape how government and citizens interact. And as a younger, more tech-savvy population enters the federal workforce and takes on more leadership roles, one could expect greater adoption of digital tools to boost engagement and service.”
Analytics in the industry
A recent Forbes Insights Case Study showed how the State of Indiana is utilizing analytics to improve quality of life and make their performance more transparent. The article explains, “Public sector organizations globally are fertile ground for policymakers’ vision of more effective, timely decisions. Every agency, department and bureau has years’ worth of data that has been collected in compliance with documented procedures, subject to oversight and accessible via information systems. Citizens, in fact, increasingly expect government agencies to manage and analyze their voluminous data sets in ways that benefit the public and enable government transparency. Government leaders, from the European Commission to the White House, have called for investment in big data analytics capabilities to modernize government services and aid their economies. Deeper insights from government data offer more than the possibility for better-informed policy decisions. Businesses may also use these insights to create new data-driven products and services using government data. In fact, McKinsey & Co. estimates that by digitizing information, disseminating public data sets and applying analytics to improve decision-making, governments around the world can act as catalysts for more than $3 trillion in economic value.”


Local, state, and federal government agencies are predicted to increasingly make efforts to integrate data and analytics to provide leaders with data-driven insights. In doing this, quality of life and efficiency in all areas will improve due to the drastically better insight decision makers will have on policies and initiatives.
How do we serve your industry?
Competitive Analytics has successfully worked with cities such as Anaheim, Santa Ana, Ontario, and Riverside on economic development, planning, forecasting, real estate investment, and quality of life studies. Our advanced analytics, unique methodologies, and comprehensive approach to improving all facets of government empowers decision makers with confidence that they are making the best, most effective choices for their citizens, employees, employers, suppliers, partners, and visitors.


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An Unparalleled Measurement, Planning, and Monitoring Tool for Cities, Counties, and States
Competitive Analytics designed and developed an unparalleled quality of life index and planning tool called DECIPHER SEQOL (acronym for Significantly Enhancing Quality Of Life). This dynamic and multi-functional index is unlike any other in terms of accuracy and usefulness. It is both an index and planning tool. Other quality of life indices are typically based on a handful of static indicators at a specific point in time. Furthermore, there is typically very little visibility into methodology. In contrast, the SEQOL Index is an extremely precise and accurate measurement tool measuring thousands of drivers of quality of life falling within categories such as education, economy, crime, environment, innovation, etc. This allows government officials and decision-makers to drill down three levels – Level 1: A singular top-level score for the city, county or state; Level 2: Categorical rankings (e.g. Education, Crime and Safety, Economy, Environment, Innovation, Economic Development, Affordability, Technology, Demographics, and other categories); and Level 3: Each individual indicator that underlies the categorical and top-level score (e.g. SAT scores, misdemeanors, air quality metrics, etc). Moreover, government officials can use SEQOL as a strategic planning tool in that each department can drill down into the drivers that affect their area of responsibility for measurable performance benchmarking. Furthermore, SEQOL is a monitoring tool in that it tracks indicators over a period of time, allowing government officials to monitor the impact of their decisions over time. Finally, the SEQOL Index is interactive in that city officials are able to change certain aspects, components, and weights of the scoring methodology (e.g. the weighting of specific drivers). For example, with respect to city planning, DECIPHER™ SEQOL analyzes all specific categories of land use development along with economic and demographic indicators that correlate with these land use categories. These correlative indicators are then used to forecast demand/supply for residential housing (for-sale and apartment), retail, office, industrial, hotels, schools, transportation, etc. empowering local governments to make optimized decisions with respect to future land-use (based on forecast scenario models of residents, employees, employers, visitors, etc.).


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