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April 4, 2012

Congrats to Data Nerds Everywhere

by at 11:32 am.

I know it’s old news now, but I wanted to front page my congratulations to city data analyst Michael Herbert and his leadership, which landed Lowell, alongside four other communities, a Community Innovation Challenge grant to take performance management to the next level. That is some amazing feat! I’m sure that there was a lot of competition for the grant, but data nerds rejoice!

With Lowell serving as the lead community, the five cities will use the money to help develop a “performance management’’ system that all Massachusetts municipalities can use.

Lowell enlisted the four other communities in the grant effort because all five have taken an interest in performance management, which refers to efforts to operate efficiently, according to Michael Herbert, Lowell’s data management analyst.

Lowell in the lead. It has a nice ring to it. It only happens when we have professional city management and staff. You can bet that we are going places. Learn from us, Commonwealth!

PS: The CM’s blog has more, here.

2 Responses to “Congrats to Data Nerds Everywhere”

  1. Lynne Says:

    I believe that the “common measures” and practices thing really is where this CityStat system that we’ve started to use can have some serious power. When cities of like demographics and size can come together to easily compare apples to apples, and oranges to oranges, we all win. If one practice in one town has a measurable impact on efficiency and service delivery and lowering cost, then other cities and towns can know for sure if it’s worth implementing in their communities.

    This is the data age. Welcome to the 21st century!

  2. Lynne Says:

    PS - not to put too fine a point on it but…this program was insisted upon by none other than Mayor Patrick Murphy. He won’t ask for credit, but I’m giving it to him anyway because he deserves it.

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