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Data Dives

The NCSC Data Dives series is a forum to help courts dive deeper into data analytics and gain valuable insights to help solve their data problems. Through a combination of resources, interactive/group and individual/focused sessions, we discuss past projects, innovations and topics of interest to the courts. These discussions also support the strategic future-ready court planning outlined in NCSC’s Just Horizons initiative.

NEW. Starting in August, the monthly Data Dives Webinar Series  will provide an overview of our foundational court data efforts, discuss  evolving trends in state court data, and equips participants with actionable takeaways to improve their courts.

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Courts today deal with large amount of data records, often times spread across different databases. As the conversation about the best methods for managing and analyzing this data advances, our team at NCSC is also exploring ways to streamline this process. Record Linkage is one tool that can help. Record Linkage is a method for matching data records across multiple databases using common identifiers like names and addresses.

In this overview, you will learn:

  • Different ways of doing data linkage
  • Factors to consider
  • Program suggestions to get started on matching records

With the rapidly expanding use of AI and advanced data analytics, the use of data in modern court systems continues to expand at a rapid pace. Data are essential for effective and efficient court operations, case management, strategic planning, policy development, and budgeting. But without a cohesive and well-defined approach to managing court data, inefficiencies, poor data quality, and unnecessary risk exposure will occur. A strong data governance policy helps to prevent inefficiencies and manage risk while ensuring accessibility to reliable data needed for decision making and meeting the courts core objectives.