A 2018 Connecticut law formalized the position of Chief Data Officer within the Office of Policy and Management and created the Connecticut Data Analysis Technology Advisory Board. The law required each state agency to designate an agency data officer to manage high-value data sets and coordinate data-related activities with the state Chief Data Officer. The Chief Data Officer, along with individual agency data officers, is required to biannually update the state data plan, which covers open data and creates data standards for agencies.
The Office of Policy and Management Data and Policy Analytics unit is responsible for the development and implementation of the State Data Plan, the State’s Open Data Portal, and P20 WIN, the state’s integrated data system, and development of the state GIS Office. The unit serves as a resource for data analysis and data-related projects at the Office of Policy and Management and directs and manages activities related to the collection, analysis, sharing, coordination, and dissemination of data.
In 2021, Connecticut legislation established a GIS Office and the position of Geographic Information Officer (GIO) within the Office of Policy and Management. The GIS Office resides within the Data and Policy Analytics Unit of OPM and is responsible for data acquisition, developing a public clearinghouse and providing support to GIS efforts statewide.:
The work of the office is informed by an appointed GIS Advisory Council and an informal interagency GIS Working Group, both of which allow for GIS staff across state agencies, regional and local government, nonprofits and business to coordinate on GIS activities. In 2021, Connecticut participated for the first time in NSGIC’s Geospatial Maturity Assessment (GMA) and received a ‘B Grade’. The baseline GMA grade will allow the state to track and measure progress over time on improvements to GIS capacity.
In addition, other legislation expanded the vision and purpose for the state longitudinal data system, P20 WIN, to include education, workforce, and supportive services in conjunction with new enterprise legal agreements.