Open data initiatives are a fundamental component of good government that can benefit public servants and residents alike. Open data helps to bust silos within government and creates opportunities for community members and civil society to participate in public policy. While they may seem like just one small part of a state government’s data strategy, open data initiatives are the key to unlocking information that can help answer challenging policy questions.
This guidebook identifies datasets that states can and should publish to increase transparency and accountability to effectively respond to the COVID-19 crisis. The report also includes research on the legal and policy environment around open data in states, and the range of state-level decisions on the privacy of data related to COVID-19.