3. Culture


The Pennsylvania Governor has publicly communicated the commonwealth’s commitment to the use of data and evidence as tools to improve results, notably by signing Executive Order 2016-07 and by making numerous statements regarding Pennsylvania’s approach to the COVID-19 pandemic. EO 2016-07 establishes the commonwealth’s open data program, creates the role of Chief Data Officer, and outlines the commonwealth’s data management and governance framework, among other provisions.

Throughout the pandemic, the administration has prioritized a data- and evidence-driven approach to decision-making about issues including mitigation measures, reopening, testing, and vaccine distribution. This press release outlines the commonwealth’s “data-driven and quantifiable criteria to drive a targeted, evidence-based, regional approach to reopening.” The commonwealth’s publicly available dashboards provide data on vaccinations and cases, tests, hospitalizations, and deaths.

Issue Areas: COVID-19