Using Data Dashboards to Drive Criminal Justice Decisions

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Using Data Dashboards to Drive Criminal Justice Decisions

An Innovation Fund Case Study from Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and San Francisco, California

Abstract

Jurisdictions across the country are seeking ways to better understand their justice-involved populations and guide their decisions with data. This case study examines the experiences of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and the City and County of San Francisco, California in integrating real-time data across criminal justice decision points and other non-justice systems to inform decisionmaking. With the increased interest in using dashboards across the country, practitioners interested in implementing similar efforts can take several lessons from Allegheny County and the City and County of San Francisco’s experiences, including the importance of collaboration and continuous communication throughout the process, building a strong analytic capacity and ongoing relationship with IT, and the importance of automated, real-time data.

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