The National Day of Civic Hacking (NDoCH) is an annual event where government staff, coders, hacktivists, and every day citizens utilize open data to create real-world solutions for their communities. On Saturday, May 30th, a team of analysts from Governor O’Malley’s StateStat office joined forces with local coders and hackers at Hack Baltimore- Baltimore City’s NDoCH event. Together, the team, which included a local veteran, tackled a challenge created by StateStat to drive down veteran unemployment in Maryland.
The team created a map of Maryland’s One-Stop Career Centers enabling veterans to find the Centers closest to them as well as the services they provide. By converting addresses into geographic coordinates, the team was able to upload data into Maryland’s Open Data Portal and utilize the API to create a smart map.
The map will enable Maryland veterans to enter their address and find the closest Center with the most relevant services. One-Stop Career Centers are equipped with the staff and resources needed to help veterans find and obtain jobs; the majority of Centers are staffed with a Veterans Representative dedicated to serving the unique needs of veteran workers. In the second quarter of FY2014, over 9,600 Maryland veterans received staff assisted services through Maryland’s One-Stop system.
Hack for Change Baltimore was one of 123 events held nationwide as part of the NDoCH, each aiming to make government more efficient, transparent, and accountable.
StateStat is Governor O’Malley’s performance management and measurement tool. Modeled after the CitiStat program that he developed as Mayor of Baltimore City, Governor O’Malley is using this data-based management approach to make Maryland’s government work again for the people of our State. The CitiStat and StateStat programs have been studied and emulated by several programs nationwide. StateStat began in 2007 with a few select public safety and human services agencies. Today, StateStat “stats” 13 individual agencies each month and hosts a number of cross-agency stats such as BayStat and ReEntryStat.