Leverage big data to inform smarter policy decisions.

Today's decision makers need to understand how to interpret and use data.

Open government data and evidence-based policy making are at the center of improving how governments function and the policies and programs they pursue. But how can open data help transform government? How can governments leverage big data to inform smarter, data-based policy decisions?

Harris Public Policy will prepare you to work at the intersection of data science and public policy.


During this two-day program, academic and governmental experts will address the components of data-driven government, the steps to get there, and how data can lead to smarter public policies and enhance government’s ability to anticipate and react to the needs of the public.

The program is led by Harris Public Policy's Senior Fellow in Urban Science, Brett Goldstein, who was the first appointed Chief Data Officer for the City of Chicago. Goldstein pioneered Chicago’s cutting-edge efforts in open data and analytics.

This program will include modules on such topics as:

  • How data science can be applied to the challenges faced by your department

  • The Array of Things – a Chicago urban sensing project that measures air quality, traffic, climate, and more – and its application for urban policy

  • Information technology considerations

  • Cyber security concerns

What You'll Learn

After attending this program, you will:

  • Understand the interplay between technology and public policy

  • Be able to create a data-driven policy environment and define what components to include in a data-based vision and strategy for local policies

  • Understand the challenges and opportunities of fast-cycle, large-volume big data that are available at the block and state-level

  • Weigh the benefits of outsourcing or partnering with startups and the private sector to drive innovation

Who Should Attend?

This program is for senior government officials at the city, state, and federal level. This includes those with the following tiles:

  • Chief of Staff 

  • Chief Data Officer 

  • Director of Policy 

  • Information System Director 

  • Deputy Mayor 

  • Director or Deputy Director

Program Fees and Logistics


  • June 18-19, 2018 in Chicago, IL

  • The program will run from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on June 18 and from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 19. Lunch will be included on both days.


  • Program Fee: $975

  • Program fee includes tuition, program materials, breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks. Dinners are on your own.

  • Discounts are available for groups of three or more. For more information about fees and group discounts, please contact Lindsey Berry, Associate Director, Executive Education for more information.

Brett Goldstein

Senior Fellow; Special Advisor for Urban Science; Senior Advisor to The Pearson Institute

Brett Goldstein

Brett Goldstein is the Senior Fellow in Urban Science at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.
William Howell and Denise Turner Roth

Harnessing the power of data to drive policy – and transforming lives

When data analysis drives public policy, the results can be surprising – and surprisingly effective.