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Lessons from the States: Responsible Prison Reform (Testimony)
Nancy G. La Vigne

In this testimony before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, Urban's Director of the Justice Policy Center, Nancy La Vigne, highlights the lessons learned from responsible prison reform in the states and discusses the federal prison system, its challenges and opportunities for reform. She also discusses the importance of both front- and back-end changes to yield meaningful and lasting reforms.

Posted to Web: July 15, 2014Publication Date: July 15, 2014

Putting Open Data to Work for Communities (Research Report)
Kathryn L.S. Pettit, Leah Hendey, Brianna Losoya, G. Thomas Kingsley

The National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) is a network of local organizations that collect, organize, and use neighborhood data to tackle issues in their communities. As the movement for government transparency has spread at the local level, more NNIP partners are participating in the call for governments to release data and are using open data to provide information for decisionmaking and community engagement. Local NNIP partners and open data advocates have complementary strengths and should work together to more effectively advance open government data that benefits all residents.

Posted to Web: June 12, 2014Publication Date: June 12, 2014

Case Study: Open Data in Chicago (Research Brief)
Kathryn L.S. Pettit

More and more local governments are embracing open data principles and releasing data online. The hope is that the greater transparency will engage residents, increase accountability, and spur new private uses of data. In Chicago, nongovernmental institutions have long provided data for community use and are now adapting their roles and services as new players and resources emerge. Understanding the rich local institutional and political context allows us to see the forces that shaped the impressive progress to date in open data and potential directions for the future.

Posted to Web: June 12, 2014Publication Date: June 12, 2014

Partner Perspective: NNIP and Open Data in Milwaukee (Research Brief)
Todd Clausen

The call is growing louder for governments to embrace open data principles. The hope is that greater transparency will engage residents, increase accountability and spur new private uses of data. As a National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership member, Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee has long provided data for community use. The Milwaukee Data Initiative complements the Center's technical assistance work by creating a forum for researchers, data analysts, and developers to advocate for and promote the use of open data. Milwaukee's experience shows how the introduction of open data ideas can bring new energy for community data sharing and use.

Posted to Web: June 12, 2014Publication Date: June 12, 2014

Partner Perspective: NNIP and Open Data in Pittsburgh (Research Brief)
Bob Gradeck

The call is growing louder for governments to embrace open data principles. The hope is that greater transparency will engage residents, increase accountability and spur new private uses of data. As a National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership member, the University Center for Social and Urban Research at the University of Pittsburgh has long provided data for community use. They now help to build a constituency for open data and encourage local governments to publish data online. Political leaders, civic developers, and philanthropists are also showing a growing interest, and the emerging cross-sector collaborations have the potential to improve open data policy and practice.

Posted to Web: June 12, 2014Publication Date: June 12, 2014

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