2017 Semifinalist
City of Boston, MA
January 1, 2017

The Citywide Analytics Team uses data to improve quality of life and enhance government operations in the city of Boston. By combining data analysis and visualizations with an engaged approach, the team works with departments to solve challenging urban problems and build a more effective government for Boston’s residents. Since early 2015, the team of 20 staff people has implemented projects like CityScore, which aggregates and displays key metrics from across the city that help the mayor and department executives spot trends that need additional investigation, and measure the impact of changes to process and policy. Other programs include using data to prevent firefighter injuries, improving traffic flow through a partnership with Waze’s Connected Citizen program, and engaging the public with the Open Data to Open Knowledge Project partnering with the Boston Public Library to re-imagine the city’s data as a resource for public knowledge.