5. Data Leadership & Governance

North Carolina

The state’s interim Chief Data Officer also serves as the Deputy State Chief Information Officer and oversees the North Carolina Government Data Analytics Center, which serves as the centralized data office for the state. In this role, the Chief Data Officer leads efforts to support data sharing between state agencies, develop enterprise solutions, identify cost savings through fraud and compliance initiatives, and leverage the state’s data assets to provide information for state leaders to make evidence-based decisions. For example, the Government Data Analytics Center is assisting with the development of North Carolina’s Longitudinal Data System, which will link data from across agencies – including early childhood, K-12, postsecondary education, and workforce – to help inform decision-making. Additionally, some North Carolina departments and agencies have their own chief data officers, as well.

Issue Areas: Economic Mobility, Education, Workforce