Data Labs: Roadmap to Recovery

Data Labs: Roadmap to Recovery facilitates collaboration between data and policy experts, empowering state governments to use data more effectively, efficiently, and equitably.

What if states could leverage data to tackle the biggest problems

they face as they lead pandemic recovery?

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the critical role states play in delivering services to those who need them. State governments need more coordinated and innovative economic response and recovery efforts.

States that complete this program will not only be prepared to address key policy issues through data-informed decision making, but will also establish strong foundations for more evidence-based operations and policy making in the future.

Data Labs: Roadmap to Recovery is brought to you by the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University and the National Governors Association.

Who Should Apply?

Data Labs: Roadmap to Recovery is for state leaders looking to launch a data-informed project that promotes coordinated economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Whether you want to use data to identify which businesses were hardest hit to target recovery funds or connect job seekers with emerging employment opportunities, this program will help states who want to:

  • Learn best practices for using data to inform policy solutions

  • Establish streamlined data sharing and open data practices

  • Shift government culture toward responsible data governance

  • Create stronger relationships and enhanced coordination between data and policy experts

How It Works

This unique program will be tailored to each state’s specific needs, allow for peer-to-peer learning, and amplify best practices and tactical examples of how other states have addressed similar challenges.

Over the course of nine months, each state will build a customized action plan that gets key stakeholders on board and kickstarts a thoughtfully designed data-informed project.

The Beeck Center's program managers will guide state teams through the following program phases:

displays 6 icons with text underneath representing program phases. The program phases are define the data challenge, what problem are we trying to solve? inventory available data, what data do we have, and what do we need? Evaluate potential solutions, what's possible? Establish governance, how do we operationalize our project? Draft the action plan, bringing everything together. Best practices in implementation, getting the project off the ground.

Opening + Closing Convenings
Data Labs: Roadmap to Recovery will kick off with a virtual convening, where state teams will receive an orientation to the program, attend workshops led by subject matter experts, and spend time getting to know their peers.

The program will close out with another virtual convening in April 2022 where states will have an opportunity to share their roadmaps, reflect on the experience, and discuss the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Teams will spend 1-2 hours per week participating in key activities as they move through the program phases. Each activity, conducted virtually, will be curated and customized to meet the needs of program participants. Throughout the program, there will also be space for asynchronous discussion and shared learning among all participants.

Roadmap Workshops

Led by practitioners and subject matter experts, Roadmap Workshops will focus on key aspects of roadmap development, centering stories of tough challenges that other states have overcome, and implementable best practices. Participants will tackle in-the-weeds challenges together across issue areas.

Cohort Check-ins

Led by program managers, Cohort Check-ins will bring together states working on the same issue area for more informal dialogue and problem solving. State teams will have the opportunity to seek insight from peers working on similar issues, brainstorm ideas, and collaboratively troubleshoot challenges.

State Team Internals

Led by a designated team member, and with administrative support from Beeck Center program managers, individual state teams will meet biweekly to internally align on and discuss the tactical components of the work, such as reviewing the project timeline, tracking progress, clarifying priorities, and troubleshooting challenges.

Individual Work

Participants will conduct work outside of scheduled meetings, such as conducting a data inventory, meeting with a legal representative, etc.

Additional Opportunities

Based on their needs, teams will also have the opportunity to dive more deeply into topics of their choice by requesting additional workshops, office hours or working sessions with their program manager, or targeted research support to uncover additional success stories and best practices.

Issue Areas

States will participate in one of four cohorts based on their strategic and policy needs. See here for examples of state data projects.

Higher Education
Identify industry gaps and adapt higher education opportunities

Housing and Houselessness
Target relief for growing houselessness and evictions

Small Business Support
Enhance support for struggling and / or new small businesses

Workforce Support
Integrate workforce / social programs data to help job-seekers

Program Timeline + Important Dates

Applications Due: August 20, 2021

Decisions Announced: August 20 - 27, 2021

Program Kick-off Convening: September 23-24, 2021

Program Wrap-up Convening + Showcase: April 28-29, 2022

About the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation

The Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University reimagines systems for public impact using design, data, and technology. Our projects test new ways for public and private institutions to leverage data and analytics, digital technologies, and service design to help more people.

About the National Governors Association

The National Governors Association is the voice of the leaders of 55 states, territories, and commonwealths and supports governors in their work to develop innovative solutions to today’s problems. Through the NGA Center for Best Practices, Governors work with policy teams to identify priority issues and deal with matters of public policy and governance at the state, national and global levels.