The Ohio Department of Administrative Services was selected out of over 100 nominations to be a finalist for the Data Impact Awards in the Societal Impact category. The Ohio Data Analytics technology supports projects throughout Ohio aimed at harnessing the power of state data, ultimately to positively impact the lives of Ohioans.
Until Ohio Data Analytics, there was not an efficient and secure way for state agencies to share their data. Data existed in silos within each agency; varying in source, structure, and actionability. In addition, the data was not able to be shared securely. In short, data was not being used to its fullest extent. To address this problem, the State was tasked with putting in place an innovative platform that would pool the vast amount of data managed by the state’s many different agencies. For the first time, data could be shared seamlessly across agencies and analyzed to measure and improve important state programs for constituents.
Previously, agencies were forced to use infrastructure not built for advanced analytical capabilities, the process of collaborating across agencies inhibited the usefulness of the state’s data. Agencies were unable to take on more reports, use cases, and users. The traditional infrastructure was designed for curated reports, not iterative, self-service analytics. It was never intended to be elastic, and therefore was not built for modern, flexible storage practices, such as object storage. Ohio Data Analytics was created to address these shortcomings. Far from simply existing to feed various reports, Ohio Data Analytics supports agencies in turning raw data into actionable insights that agencies can use to identify important trends and address real-life scenarios and issues that impact the lives of Ohioans. Additionally the platform was designed to take action in agency transactional systems and programmatic touch points with citizen constituents by providing analytical answers from the “black box” algorithms running within the platform.
Through Ohio Data Analytics, the state of Ohio is realizing its goal to turn data into actionable information. Multiple agency programs are analyzing critical societal problems for Ohio and the country, including issues like Infant Mortality Data, Opioid use, transparency, and program efficiency and effectiveness. The centralized platform and service is designed for usage by all 100+ agencies, boards, and commissions.