Strategies for Success in Local Government: Data Driven Decision Making

April 13, 2021

Strategies for Success in Local Government Webinar Series


Data Driven Decision Making


Talk overview:

Data driven decision making is the focus of the first talk of this new series. Four applied data experts join us to explore practical applications for how local and regional government can utilize data for making important policy decisions regarding housing, economic development, and planning.


Tuesday April 13, 2021

12:00pm – 1:00pm

FREE webinar


About the series:

This webinar series offers strategic approaches to challenges that local and regional governments are facing in Maine. The series is specifically designed for Municipal Managers, County Managers, elected County Commissioners, elected Municipal Officials, and Planning Directors, as well as Councils of Government. 


Next up in the series is a webinar on the Aging & Adult Population with tools, data applications, and strategies for your local response to the aging issues in your community and how to administer them. In the fall we will pick up with topics on Public Transportation/Transit Systems and Infrastructure, Shifts in Real Estate Markets as a Result of COVID, the Future of Work and the Workforce, and Policing Strategies and Policies in Response to the National Conversation.


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About Our Featured Speakers


Sarah Goan directs the Data Innovation Project at the Cutler Institute at USM, an initiative focused on building the data-informed capacity of Maine’s mission driven organizations. She has over a decade of experience in evaluation and research related to programs that enhance child and family well-being. Sarah has a passion for analyzing and sharing data in compelling ways that engage non-data stakeholders in telling the “story” of evaluation. She is a self-proclaimed data nerd and avid gardener. She has a Master’s in Public Policy degree from The George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, and a B.A. in Political Science and Latin American Studies from Tufts University.

Dr. Daniel T. O’Brien is Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. His primary expertise is in the use of modern digital data sets to better understand urban processes, particularly the social and behavioral dynamics of neighborhoods. He is Director of the Boston Area Research Initiative, in which capacity he has worked extensively to build effective models of research-policy collaboration that help us to better understand and serve cities. His book The Urban Commons (2018; Harvard University Press) captures the intersection of his scholarly and institutional efforts, using the study of custodianship for neighborhood spaces and infrastructure through Boston’s 311 system to illustrate the potential of cross-sector collaborations in urban informatics. 

Phillip L. Crowell, Jr. has served as Auburn City Manager since July of 2020. He served as Assistant City Manager for two years, following his retirement in 2018 from the Auburn Police Department. He served the APD for 25 years, the last 12 as Chief of Police. Crowell is a lifelong resident of Auburn. He began his law enforcement career in 1986, during his service as a military police officer in the U.S. Army. He joined the Auburn Police Department as a Patrol Officer in 1993. In 2006, he was promoted to Chief. Crowell has numerous local board affiliations, including Auburn PAL, Promise Early Education Center, and Androscoggin Home Healthcare + Hospice. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and earned a BS degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maine Augusta.

Rosemary Mosher is the Data, Analytics, and Visualization Specialist for the City of Auburn. During the more than two decades Rosemary has worked with GIS, she transitioned from using GIS and GIS analysis to create paper maps to using GIS as the ‘virtual scaffolding’ for analyzing and displaying data from otherwise unconnected systems.  Her current GIS journey with the City of Auburn began in 2012 with basic online maps and simple analysis presented on paper.  What began with straightforward, interactive Meeting Maps, progressed through a series of successes and yes, failures.  Today, the City embraces GIS analysis, along with interactive maps, dashboards, hubs, and story maps for most city initiatives, inviting and encouraging citizens to explore the data on their own.  Recently, this shift in the way we use GIS technology was formally recognized by a change in job description, from GIS Manager to her current, and more accurate, position of Data, Analytics, and Visualization Specialist.