Laying the Foundation for Data-Driven City Government

The City of Dallas envisioned a transformation to a future-ready workforce; however, it had some challenges. Between its aspiration and its realization existed a divide, a data gap. The City sought to create a culture of greater fluency in handling, using and communicating about data. With the evolution of smart cities around the globe, many city halls have long appreciated the potential to positively transform civic services by leveraging data assets. Leaders from Dallas approached Data Society in the fall of 2019 to request a training academy to help guide the City’s workforce toward data maturity.

Ushering its workforce into the data-driven future of city
governments, the City of Dallas saw the need to equip staff
with the skills to meet the moment. After readily adapting tools, schedules, and approaches as circumstances arose, the Data Society team ultimately delivered data science training academies that provided City employees with fundamental data analytics skills and more sophisticated data science applications.

Cityscape of downtown Dallas