State CDO Network

State Chief Data Officers Network

Connecting data leaders across states to improve policy and service delivery

Solutions for States

Identifying proven models where states are effectively leveraging data for public good and supporting additional state efforts replicate them

Building the Toolkit

Developing playbooks, model legislation, policies, and other tools that states can use to implement effective data programs.

Applying the Tools

Discovering specific issues where states are uniquely positioned to use data and supporting their efforts integrate data across programs and services.

Our Vision

The Chief Data Officer (CDO) is a new role within state government, with Colorado being the first state to appoint a CDO in 2011. By 2016 there were approximately 10 state CDOs, and there are approximately 25 state CDOs or equivalent positions across the country today. States are recognizing that data is a strategic asset and they have great potential to unlock it for public good -- for example to integrate data to better serve high need safety net users or to respond more quickly to natural and public health disasters.

As the role has grown, CDO responsibilities, reporting structures, authority, and resources vary state by state. The Beeck Center will help formalize the duties and responsibilities of this role, recruit additional CDO candidates to states, inspire governors to create and elevate the CDO role, and lift up successful state data innovations and document them in toolkits that can be replicated across this network and the nation.

We're building a toolkit to support state CDOs in implementing effective data programs. This library of reports and other resources like playbooks and templates can help states take immediate action to advance their use of data.

Data has the power to transform how states deliver services and formulate public policy. Creating an executive leader can help states bust silos and unlock the potential of their data. We're here to help states establish and recruit a CDO.

CDOs are engaged in a broad spectrum activities. Learn more about which states have CDOs and their efforts through this story map.

Associated People

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Katya Abazajian

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Vinith Annam

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Carlos Andrés Arias

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Cuong Pham Vu

Chief Data Officers Network Technical Assistant
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Ali Benson

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Ethan Fan

Chief Data Officers Network Student Analyst
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Zega Ras-Work

Chief Data Officers Network Technical Assistant
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Tyler Kleykamp

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Samantha Levy

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Recent Reports and Guidebooks

  • The Evolving Role of the State Chief Data Officer - A Framework for Today 
  • State Data Policy Options Guidebook - Model legislation for effective state data programs
  • 7 Ways to Boost Data Impact in Response to the Pandemic