Developing Data Analytics Capabilities Conference

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Attendees at this two-day conference learned about current innovations in data analytics, connected with experts in the field, identified their organization’s data readiness, and considered next steps for increasing their data analytics capabilities.

Sponsored by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, the conference benefited those involved in data informed decision-making with state and local governments as well as universities, colleges and school systems.

The Developing Data Analytics Capabilities conference offered keynote sessions, plenary speakers, and sessions focused on policy areas such as education, criminal justice, economic development, and more.


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Conference Sessions

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  • Keynote: Are you Ready? Assessing the Data Maturity of Your Organization
    Speaker: Dr. Andy Clark, Industry Executive Director for Public Sector and Higher Education, Oracle


  • Plenary Session: What Executives Need from Data Analysis
    Speakers: Jessica Simmons, Deputy Chief Information Officer for Broadband and Special Projects, Georgia Technology Authority; Peggy Merriss,
    Executive Director, Georgia City-County Management Association;
    Michael Nail, Commissioner, Department of Community Supervision; Caitlin Dooley, Executive Director, Georgia Voices

    Presentation - Jessica Simmons

    Presentation - Michael Nail

    Presentation - Caitlin Dooley

  • Keynote: Democratizing Data: Sharing Data and Working Across Agency Boundaries
    Speaker: Dr. Nathan Barrett, Vice President for Programs and Development, Coleridge Initiative


  • Luncheon Presentation: Impact Unleashed: Practical Examples of Using Enterprise Data and Analytics to Maximize Mission Impact
    Presented by McKinsey and Company: Ellen Feehan and Steve Wheat


  • Breakout Group Session I 

    • Going from Data to Insights: Lessons from Higher Education
      Speakers: Angie Bell, Vice Chancellor, Research and Policy Analysis, University System of Georgia; Jaya Krishnan, Chief Data and Analytics Strategist, Governor’s Office of Student Achievement; Alice Zimmerman, Director of Business Intelligence, Technical College System of Georgia

      Presentation - Angie Bell

      Presentation - Jaya Krishnan

      Presentation - Alice Zimmerman

    • Economic Development Data: How to Find It, Present It, and Make It Work for Your Community
      Speakers: Marion Phillips, Research Manager, Community & Economic Development, Georgia Power; Sunny Anderson, Senior Business Attraction Manager, Decide DeKalb Development Authority


    • Using OASIS to Prioritize Community Health Outcomes
      Speaker: Gordon Freymann, Director, Office of Health Indicators for Planning (OHIP), Georgia Department of Public Health


    • From Flat Files to Repository: Lessons from Building a Data Warehouse
      Speakers: Stefanie Lopez-Howard, Statistical Analysis Center Director, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council; Samuel Gonzales, Research and Evaluation Program Director, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council


  • Breakout Group Session II

    • Directing the Dollar: How Data Tools are Used to Inform Broadband Grants Allocation
      Speaker: Eric McRae, Associate Director; Information Technology Outreach Services, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia


    • Getting Smart About Data Science
      Speaker: James Byars, Scientific Computing Professional Specialist, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia


    • Supporting Stakeholders with Data-informed Decision Making: GaDOE’s Lessons Learned with Georgia Insights
      Speakers: Nicholas Handville, Chief Data Officer, Data Collections, Analysis, and Reporting, Technology Services, Georgia Department of Education; Adam Churney, Data Analysis and Reporting Manager, Data Collections, Analysis, and Reporting, Technology Services, Georgia Department of Education; Jeffrey Harding, Senior Research and Data Scientist, Georgia Department of Education


    • Local Government GIS: Three Counties’ Journeys
      Speakers: Joseph D’Angelo, Chief Data Officer, Athens-Clarke County Unified Government; Matt Beal, GIS Administrator, Oconee County; Brian Lackey, GIS Manager, Information Technology Department, Columbus Consolidated Government

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  • Keynote: From Spreadsheets to Business Intelligence: One Agency’s Story
    Speaker: Dr. Keith Osburn, Chief Information Officer, Georgia Department of Education


  • Plenary Session: Practical Tips for Implementing Change in Your Organization
    Speaker: Dr. Donald Addison II, Terry College of Business, Executive Education Program, University of Georgia


  • Keynote: How Data Analytics Transformed How Governments Evaluate Programs
    Speakers: Kanti Chalasani, Division Director for the Georgia Data Analytics Center, Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget; Leanna Greenwood, Data Team Supervisor, GA Board of Health Workforce, Georgia Department of Community Health

    Presentation - Kanti Chalasani

    Presentation - Leanna Greenwood


    • Power BI — Sahar Voghoei, Scientific Computing Professional Specialist, Carl Vinson Institute of Government,

      University of Georgia

    • Qlik — Scott King, Scientific Computing Professional Specialist, Carl Vinson Institute of Government,

      University of Georgia

    • Tableau — Emily Franklin, Fiscal Analyst, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia


Thanks to Our Sponsors

Gold Sponsor: McKinsey & Company

Bronze Sponsors: Neighborhood Nexus, Qlik, SureLock TechnologyUGA McBee Institute of Higher Education, UGA College of Public Health, UGA School of Public and International Affairs