5 places in your city where analytics are making a difference
1. Police stations
Analytics in police stations can be used to derive new insights and uncover trends before they become systemic problems or criminal events. Patterns revealed through analytics help decision makers anticipate—rather than just react to—problems, and dispatch first responders to the scene faster than ever. The results, such as predictive policing, mean better citizen-centered service, whether through minimizing inconveniences, overseeing emergencies or stopping crime. Check out a recent Jen Q. Public cartoon for more information about predictive policing.
Analytics in hospitals has the potential benefits of saving lives, helping people enjoy healthier lifestyles and reducing healthcare costs. In one example, approximately 330 participating hospitals saved an estimated 92,000 lives while reducing healthcare spending by $9.13 billion since its inception in 2008. They also provided approximately 80,000 additional patients with evidence-based care for the clinical conditions that were assessed.
Sports are closely tied to the economy of a city, and winning and losing can be serious business. Becoming an analytically driven organization in any industry can help swing the odds in a city’s favor. If you’re tired of hearing about the home team losing by inches or seconds, find out how one team ended a 20-year losing streak with a little help from analytics.
Analytics in schools is helping educators enhance their understanding of the different ways students learn. They can assess whether self-paced online or structured classroom styles work best for individual students in various fields of instruction. Learn more in “Can data and analytics help to improve student learning?” Analytics are also used to ensure success by predicting which students might be in need of intervention before they leave a particular institution.
5. Government offices
In Fresno, California, City Manager Bruce Rudd shared that his city has been relying on big data and analytics to help improve city functions. Over the past couple of years, the city has used analytics to make positive changes to street lighting, water consumption and even its bus system. Learn more about how cities are using analytics to maximize tax dollars and improve services for their citizens in the most recent compilation of Public Sector News.