Jason Ludwig

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As Engagement Principal at DATUM, Jason is responsible for creatively formulating methods for customers to utilize information management strategies and achieve their business objectives. Jason brings extensive experience in helping corporations and government agencies fully utilize and realize the potential of their most important asset - data. Before joining DATUM, Jason worked as an industry executive helping helping companies address their business challenges through data strategies, governance and quality management. In his free time, he enjoys blacksmithing, restoring classic cars, photography and hunting.
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Leveraging Data Standardization and Transparency to Measure Government Programs – It is Possible!

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There are several quotes and memes circulating social media about the effectiveness of government. One quote I saw recently is attributed to Ronald Reagan – “We should measure welfare’s success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many people are added.” This got me thinking, not about welfare or politics, but why it is so difficult to accurately track and monitor the effectiveness of government programs. There are numerous metrics on program budget and enrollment but it is very difficult to identify what drives the changes in these metrics. Is it the economy?  Is it changes in policy? Is it due to the efficiency (or inefficiency) of the government itself?   

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What Drives the Value of Data? 4 Essential Factors

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I recently Google searched “the value of data”. I was not at all surprised when it returned about 1,550,000,000 results. That got me thinking. Most organizations consider their data to be an asset, but how do you really quantify its value? How do you determine if the value in the data is worth the investment in data governance, analytics and other data initiatives? What is the return on those investments? As I dug deeper into this I started thinking about the relationship between data and knowledge. After all, the ultimate goal is to provide the information and knowledge required to make timely and appropriate decisions.

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