City of Topeka


The Data Governance Committee will focus on recognizing and building an increase in value by utilizing data to drive decisions. The city continues to explore other ways and means of sharing this information and looks for ways to increase levels of utilization of the city’s open data sites. In 2018, the City of Topeka will develop and work through usability studies and practices to determine needed changes for the open data sites. Throughout 2018, the City of Topeka will work through these determined changes, which will aim to increase citizen engagement, and an overall understand of the city’s open data sites and services.

Knowledge Management

To leverage the momentum of the existing open data program and to encourage the adoption of open data, it is necessary to identify the value data provides and the value it provides to the community. In 2018, the Data Governance Committee will develop processes for engaging citizens for feedback and ease of usability.  The committee will leverage partners within city staff to grow the knowledge of data driven decisions throughout the organization.  Citizens truly influence the design, development and delivery of efficient public programs, services and policies and in 2018 the city will emphasis on what the citizens want.
Goals for open data Knowledge Management
  • Promote internal collaboration
  • Meet on a monthly basis for an interactive open data and performance program to increase the adoption of data-driven decision making
Citizen Engagement
Citizen feedback plays a key role in what information should be published and this provides an added value to the energy that was put forth for obtaining and releasing the data in an easy to understand format. The goal of the Data Governance Committee includes identifying key stakeholders, students, civic technology groups, businesses and community leaders and then engaging them to get perspectives regarding content, accessibility and quality of open data.
Goals for open data Citizen Engagement
  • Complete a usability study and develop ways to address negative feedback and citizen responses
  • Define engagement channels and track participation
  • Track citizen satisfaction of open data
  • Use proactive information and education to anticipate and address customer needs


The Data Governance Committee will continue to evolve its approach for data collection and aggregation, and build analytical processes through regular technical upgrades and process improvements. The city will proactively identify datasets beneficial to citizens, verify the quality of the data and refresh the content of the datasets as updates are made available. The city will continue to evaluate the prioritization of datasets, and the mechanisms that are utilized for delivering information.
Goals for managing open data Technical Components
  • Continually review data sources to define, identify and prioritize datasets for publication and update processes to standardize the data
  • Continue to automate data updates and create direct links to sources of technology applications
  • Identify and implement technology solutions to address inefficiencies and develop processes for streamlining data reporting