"To drive citizen-focused and data driven solutions that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of City’s delivery of services." - OPMOD Mission
We are a small team of data driven individuals who are seeking to better the City of Chattanooga. We understand the power of data in today's world, and we hope to push the City internally to maximize the immense amounts of data it has to the benefit of its constituents. We utilize several methodologies to achieve our mission. We runs several types of training aimed at front line employees as we understand our office itself cannot serve all data needs through City government. We also push data top down data via departmental performance measures submitted by departments along with their request for funding each year. Ultimately, these programs are aimed at driving change and higher usage of data driven decision making tools within the City.
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“The Budgeting for Outcomes (BFO) process builds the City of Chattanooga's budget from the ground up. BFO is designed to support transparency, accountability, and collaboration so that we can produce a budget that embodies our community values.”
The BFO process is an initiative that requires responsible spending. Before the fiscal year begins, departmental heads who wish to receive city funding must submit requests for funding, explaining how the money they are requesting will be put to use. In other words, governmental departments must be able to clearly articulate what they are spending taxpayer funds on, and what outcome they hope to generate with them. This promotes a greater degree of transparency and accountability, as both constituents and department heads alike know what is expected of that money.
The BFO process also allows for nonprofit agencies, who might not be able to otherwise survive, to receive government funding. Agencies are welcome to apply for government funding through BFO, although they too are required to submit a budget detailing what they plan to spend any money they may be awarded on. This encourages increased efficiency of government funding; as more capable agencies who can better use resources will be awarded funds.
You can learn more at the Budgeting for Outcomes home page, found here.
In an effort to increase data driven functions throughout the City, the Office of Performance Management and Open Data officially launched the Chattanooga Data Academy in the Spring of 2019. The initial Data Academy offerings are modeled off of a similar academy started in Durham, NC as well as San Francisco, CA. In an age…Read More
The city’s open data program had its first internal audit after its formation a few years ago. A big thank you for the Internal Audit’s hard work putting it together. There are several recommendations we are working on currently based on their findings and several more to be worked on later. You can read…Read More
We are happy to announce the release the 2018 Open Data Report. This report speaks to the City’s progress on the open data program and looks to the future on ensuring transparency and accessibility of public data online. Under an Executive Order issued in 2014, Mayor Andy Berke developed an open data policy and increased…Read More
Policy Design Camp For this National Day of Civic Hacking (NDoCH) we decided to try something a bit different. Instead of focusing on data and coding we instead focused on developing policy recommendations for dockless shared mobility devices. This unique design camp engaged members of our community in a discussion about how Chattanooga can benefit…Read More