Chief Data Officers (CDOs) play a central role in how states use data to inform decisions. They provide a technical backbone in government and critical infrastructure for disaster response. CDOs conduct a number of data and analytics-related tasks that may overlap with executive performance management, budgeting, or policy analysis programs.
An essential element of planning for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is taking into account the ways in which separate social programs interact with one another to avoid changing one system and overburdening another. States should lean heavily on data to make these difficult decisions on the path toward economic recovery. By using data to inform policy and improve public understanding of pathways out of poverty, states can efficiently and effectively lead the way to improve economic mobility for their residents.