"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.
We are excited to announce the launch of City Insider, our latest open data powered application. With the City Insider you can truly understand what is happening in your neighborhood and community. The platform allows users to search by using maps, dates, addresses, neighborhoods or City Council District. Anyone can create a free account and…Read More
The City of Chattanooga has released the 2017 Open Data Report, which reflects on the City’s progress 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 transparency in city government through the creation…Read More
Chat with ChattBot The newest addition to our open data program is the open data ChattBot. ChattBot is a Facebook Messager bot designed to help folks navigate the open data portal since finding what you are looking for is not always the most straightforward process. We built ChattBot because we are always looking for new and interesting…Read More
Open Data Preview Night – Fire Incidents For a while now our office have been wondering how to engage folks when the city releases a new open dataset. Looking around at what works from other cities we noticed several have had success with data preview nights so we decided to give it a go. The…Read More