While the 2013 Colorado SMART Act has embedded a culture focused on data and evidence, the Governor has played a key role in communicating its value and importance in recorded remarks and interviews. Within the Governor’s Office, the Office of State Planning and Budgeting continues to lead the development of research and evidence to improve outcomes and to advise the Governor on program effectiveness. The Governor also directed the Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) to evaluate the anticipated impact of all budget requests on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), with a goal of advancing the state’s progress. OSPB has created an equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) team to undertake this work and is working with state departments to incorporate EDI considerations into the state’s budget process.
In addition, the Governor annually hosts the Tom Clements Better Government Awards ceremony, which awards state employees in the categories of Outstanding Service in Government and Outstanding Innovation in Government. As part of the selection criteria, judges assess how data was used to drive improvements. In 2022, the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) won an award by demonstrating with data how they were able to transform access to DMV’s services, including: