Interview with Katie Bridges

Katie Bridges, senior business intelligence analyst for the city of Boulder, Colorado

Focus on data literacy: is less sometimes more?

How can public sector institutions achieve accountability through open data?

What are the various methods of data collection used?

What data is collected? How do people know you’re collecting data on them?

How can you balance data privacy, equity, and open data?

“[Nuisance activity is] disproportionately reported against younger and lower-income folks. It is the city’s responsibility to ensure quality of life, so the city has data on these police calls and to which addresses enforcement teams were sent. There was significant pushback on making this data public, even in an anonymized form, due to the chance of retaliation against the presumed residents of these homes. However, federal obligations meant the data had to be made public.”

What matters more to the public sector — prediction or analysis?

Interested in getting involved?

“It’s really important to meet people where they are. To me, that can be really challenging, because you spend years of your life studying mathematical models, and then the person in front of you often isn’t going to understand that model, so having a translation mindset is crucial. When I present to transportation folks, they don’t need to know how I developed a model, but they do need to know the outcome and its translation to their day-to-day work.”

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