As we head into 2023, the CODE team would like to share a summary of the work we did last year to achieve our mission - to maximize the value of open and shared data for the public good - and our plans for the year ahead.
In 2022, we continued our commitment to finding data-driven solutions to major public challenges, with a focus on climate change and the environment, racial equity, and healthcare. We’re starting the year with a publication on data for racial equity in housing, our proposal for a new climate data knowledge network, and the launch of two Resource and Data Hubs on climate change and the environment.
In 2023, we look forward to more progress on these and other priorities with our partners in government, civil society, and the private sector. We are continuing our work on projects with Open Data Watch, PARIS21, the Data Foundation, and the IBM Center for the Business of Government, while exploring many new projects as well.
We’re also pleased to announce an expansion of our work by offering CODE Consulting Services for the first time. In addition to partnering to develop joint projects, we’re now able to offer our team’s skills and experience to help other organizations with their own projects on a contract basis. Our areas of expertise include research, publications, convenings, facilitation, project management, and more.
As always, we welcome new ideas and opportunities for collaboration. You can reach our team at email@example.com, learn more about our consulting services by writing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or connect with me directly at email@example.com. Read on for more highlights from 2022 and please consider supporting our ongoing work with a tax-deductible contribution.
Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year,
Joel Gurin, President, CODE
CLIMATE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
In 2022, CODE continued our longstanding commitment to promote the use of data to fight climate change and protect the environment in the United States and around the world. In February we held our largest Roundtable ever, with 170 participants and 37 breakout sessions over two days, in collaboration with the Bezos Earth Fund and the Kapor Center. This Roundtable, focused on data for environmental and climate impact in the U.S., led to our new Resource and Data Hubs on the Environment and Climate Change, one focused on Data Portals and Datasets and one on Organizations and Resources. We also partnered with PARIS21 to draft and publish a paper on the value of climate change data ecosystems, an approach to coordinating data-driven climate action that may be especially valuable to low-and middle-income countries.
In 2023 we will continue this line of work both in the U.S. and internationally. We will continue our partnership with PARIS21 and Open Data Watch, with support from the Hewlett Foundation, to help countries better understand their climate data assets and gaps. We will also explore the potential for a new knowledge network to help countries apply local data for climate action by sharing strategies, resources, and tools. And in the U.S., we will continue to work with the government and other partners on challenges such as equitable climate financing, emerging energy solutions, and climate and health.
OPEN DATA FOR FOR RACIAL EQUITY
In 2022 we continued to build our Open Data for Racial Equity Program. We hosted a Webinar and Roundtable with Measures for Justice on Improving Data for Racial Equity in Policing. The resulting report highlighted the growing need for data on police involvement in minority communities and police performance more broadly. Together with the IBM Center for the Business of Government, we explored data-driven opportunities to improve equity in healthcare and housing. Our healthcare Webinar and Roundtable led to a Report on Using Data to Advance Racial Equity in Healthcare. CODE also published an issue brief with the IBM Center on Leveraging Data to Improve Racial Equity in Fair Housing, with a summary in Government Executive. In 2023 the IBM Center will publish a CODE issue brief on open data for racial equity in workforce opportunity. We will continue to explore new opportunities to apply data for racial equity in criminal justice, healthcare, housing, employment, and climate and environmental justice.
HEALTH AND HEALTHCARE
CODE has collaborated with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) since 2018. We continued that collaboration in 2022 with a report based on a CODE/HHS Roundtable on Cross-Sectoral Collaboration on the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH). The report presents actionable opportunities for Federal agencies to coordinate their work, set targets, and extend their efforts to the state and local level. At the same time, we published our Cross-Sectoral SDOH Resource Hub, which provides links to resources, datasets, organizations, and use cases that can help anyone working with data on the SDOH. We also presented our findings and recommendations in Government Executive. In 2023 we will continue to focus on climate and health, health equity, and data on the social context of health and healthcare.
CODE CONSULTING SERVICES
Since 2015, the Center for Open Data Enterprise has developed a portfolio of methods to help put data to work for public good. Our unique approach combines technology, policy, and practical application to help solve important public problems. We’re now pleased to offer our expertise - through our team of researchers, writers and editors, event managers, facilitators, data scientists, and project managers - to consult on and assist with projects of varying size, scope, and complexity. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, we are able to offer our expertise at competitive rates. For more information and to discuss how we can help your organization, please read about our consulting services here and feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.