SEATTLE, WASHINGTON--(Marketwire - Nov. 20, 2012) - Socrata, the leading provider of cloud-based open data systems, today announced the addition of industry thought leader Beth Blauer as their Director of Socrata GovStat™, a soon-to-be released connected performance platform, built specifically for government. Recognized for her leadership of Maryland's innovative performance management program, StateStat, Ms. Blauer will help design and bring Socrata's GovStat platform to federal, state and local governments, in addition to non-profit organizations and international NGOs.
"I see a unique opportunity to build on pioneering efforts like Maryland's StateStat, Baltimore's CitiStat, and New York City's CompStat, to develop comprehensive performance management solutions for governments everywhere. Every leader in government wants to leverage program performance data to connect stakeholders, enable collaboration across silos, and create a data-driven culture based on transparency and evidence-based decision making," says Beth Blauer. "My goal at Socrata is to help these leaders make the shift to high-performance organizations, by using proven success methodologies and the world's most versatile cloud platform for sharing data."
StateStat, the program Ms. Blauer implemented and led in Maryland, is the product of Governor Martin O'Malley's vision to make the state government more efficient and more accountable to the people of Maryland. StateStat is widely recognized as the nation's leading government performance management initiative. It is used to oversee 80 percent of the state's budget, and well over half of its workforce. StateStat is also credited with significant achievements in outcomes, such as a 24.5 percent reduction in violent crime, and the nation's number one rating for Maryland's public school system, for an unprecedented four years in a row.
"We are thrilled to have Beth join us at a time when governments worldwide are making the shift to citizen-centric, data-driven organizations. Her leadership and deep expertise in performance management will shape GovStat into a breakthrough platform, capable of transforming the way governments achieve greater efficiencies and significantly better outcomes for their constituents," says Kevin Merritt, Socrata's founder and CEO.
Socrata GovStat offers a connected performance experience that creates the context for insightful interactions between the organization's stakeholders and their performance data. The program enables agencies to collect all their data in the cloud and organize it using a unique information hierarchy that links "Goals", "Outcomes", and "Leading Indicators". Employees can use the system to easily collaborate between departments, analyze data, and inform decision- and policy-making. The data is then also shared on interactive citizen dashboards, complete with data visualization apps allowing the public to understand what their government is doing, and engage in problem solving.
The City of Edmonton, Alberta, another government innovator, just launched their GovStat-powered citizen dashboard last week, focused on transportation metrics.
Ms. Blauer earned a bachelor's degree in Women's Studies at University of Maryland College Park and completed her J.D. at New York Law School, serving there as the President of the Legal Association for Women. Her career has included a variety of roles, including probation officer and then chief of staff for the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. Before moving to Socrata, Ms. Blauer served at the Director of StateStat and the Governor's delivery unit for Maryland.
Availability and Additional Information
Socrata GovStat™ will be generally available in early February 2013. Public sector organizations who wish to participate in Socrata's GovStat early adopter program, are invited to contact Ms. Blauer directly, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow Beth Blauer on Twitter @biblauer, and on http://www.socrata.com/blog/.
Visit Edmonton's transportation-focused citizen dashboard, "The Way We Move," at https://data.edmonton.ca/dashboard.
Explore Maryland's progress against goals at https://data.maryland.gov/goals, part of its StateStat program.
Socrata develops and provides Intelligent Data Experience solutions - including our market-leading Open Data Cloud™- to help data-savvy organizations unlock their data, to transform the way they share information, deliver digital services, make data-driven decisions, and benefit from innovations in modern data ecosystems on the internet.
The Socrata Data Experience Platform™ optimizes the entire data lifecycle, from capture and collection, to distribution and consumption on web, mobile and machine-to-machine interfaces (APIs). Socrata customers are able to cost-effectively virtualize large and diverse data assets to the Socrata cloud, then easily surface that data as accessible information experiences, optimized for a wide range of user contexts.
Socrata customers include the world's most innovative cities like Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York; progressive states like Oregon, Illinois, Maryland and Colorado; and forward-thinking federal agencies like Medicare, EnergyStar, SAMHSA and GSA (Data.gov). Internationally, Socrata powers leading Open Data programs at the World Bank, the United Nations, the government of Kenya, as well as in Italy and Australia.
Socrata is a private company, based in Seattle, Washington, with venture financing from Frazier Technology Ventures and Morgenthaler Ventures. To learn more about Socrata, visit www.socrata.com.