The federal government faces a critical juncture as Baby Boomers, who made government service a high calling for five decades, complete their professional journeys, with the last wave turning age 65 in 2029. This long-predicted retirement wave presents challenges, as well as opportunities.
Big data should not be defined as “big” based on the size of the data alone. As defined by an important Commission on Big Data, big data is “a phenomenon that is a result of the rapid acceleration and exponential growth in the expanding volume of high velocity, complex and diverse types of data.” Organizations that do not necessarily have a large volume of data can benefit from a better understanding of the art of the possible with the new generation of analytic tools designed for big data.
Harvard’s Bob Behn writes about the spread of “PerformanceStat” across the U.S over the past two decades. But the creation of “Delivery Units,” which is another name for Bob’s phenomena, has spread across the world – even Latin America!
The Department of Defense faces a challenging budget scenario over the coming decades, as it will be tasked with improving its cross-cutting operational effectiveness and mission excellence with constrained financial resources.
The patient as a focal point is emerging as a significant driver in healthcare transformation. A focus on customers in the digital space (involving smart phones and apps), and bringing enabling customers to engage in the heavy lifting (such as scheduling travel, checking in for flights, or ordering Uber) is motivating change in the healthcare space.
“Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence” notes Carl Sagan. Has the relatively recent focus on evidence-based decision-making enriched or stalled policy deliberations? What proof do we have that evidence-based decision-making has improved the quality of decision-making and program implementation? This session will explore the role of evidence in enhancing the availability of timely, authoritative and relevant information to policy makers.