Government Analytics at the Front Line of the COVID-19 Response

By: Avaap
Date: May 06, 2020

Earlier this week, I had an opportunity to sit down with Jeff Brown and Jason Wood from Avaap (formerly Navigator Management Partners). Avaap is an Alteryx partner and they are currently working with the state of Ohio to help run the InnovateOhio Platform.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of Ohio launched the InnovateOhio Platform to make data actionable to solve the complex problems faced by residents of the state. There are many components of the platform, including a Cloudera Data Lake, a Tableau visualization platform, Alteryx Server, and other value-add, modern analytics technologies.

The purpose of my discussion with Jeff and Jason was to better understand how data and analytics are utilized within the state and what role Alteryx plays in helping create actionable insights that help form policy and decisions to create better service delivery and a better quality of life for all Ohioans.

Jeff and Jason said that prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Alteryx Platform was vital to many of the analytics projects done within the state. Specifically, the Alteryx Platform was used to tackle some of the data challenges that arose when dealing with 100+ agencies, many of which had multiple systems and formats for data. “In many cases,” said Jeff, “we use Alteryx for data profiling… to open up data sources and understand it.”

Alteryx can wrangle, cleanse, and aggregate data from multiple sources across many use cases. With its ability to quickly prep, cleanse, and join data, it reduces the need for a large scale ETL capability to get analysis-ready data into the hands of data scientists, analysts, and other end users who are working on critical issues for the state.

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