California Health and Human Services

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Center for Data Insights & Innovation

California Health & Human Services
Turning data into insights, knowledge, and action.
Planting the seeds of knowledge and insights for meaningful outcomes!
The Problem
Every day, the world becomes more and more reliant on accumulated data. Big Data however comes with inherent challenges.
The Solution
  • Refine Agency data strategy
  • Increase insight at the frontline
  • Increase speed of access to data
  • Increase data transparency
  • Deliver data talent
  • Build data literacy
Data Journey
CHHS’ data journey has passed many milestones as we advance our data efforts. Future success is dependent on effectively gathering, managing, and analyzing data. CDII is here to help meet those goals of increased data sharing in secure environments. Our journey continues.
  • 2020 RDH Pilot Expanded to become the Agency Data Exchange
  • 2020 Research Data Hub Pilot launched
  • 2020 CHHS Program Dashboard updated
  • 2019 CHHS Agency-wide Data Literacy survey released
  • 2018 Record Reconciliation Proof of Concept launched
  • 2017 Data Sharing Framework developed
  • 2016 Data De-Identification Guidelines established
  • 2016 CHHS Data Playbook developed
  • 2015 Open Data Handbook published
  • 2014 Open Data Portal launched
Our Strategy
CDII will help drive insight, accessibility, sharing, and transformation for data across CHHS and California
Our Solution
Through inter-departmental collaboration, CDII is developing a data driven ecosystem of products and services designed to improve data sharing and analytics processes for Agency
Short-term strategic plan for CDII organizational and cultural development.
Virtual Event
January 21, 2021
Thank You to all of our attendees for being part of the launch!
Links to Data Expo and Data Literacy Pre-Event Resources:
CDII YouTube channel for recorded presentations: Click Here for Youtube page
Data Expo CHHS Intranet Webpage: Click Here for Intranet Page
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“The private sector underestimates the desire of the public sector to get it right”

– Mike Wilkening, Special Advisor on Innovation and Digital Services in the Office of the Governor

Call to Action

Create a culture of sustained innovation across CHHS to demonstrate how a government agency can be more responsive to the needs of Californians


  1. Create a more engaging work environment for our staff- an environment that encourages staff to better utilize data, seek out new professional development opportunities, and create innovative solutions to improve their programs
  2. More effective programs and services built around the needs of Californians
  3. Service delivery that begins with user needs from the onset so that government can better support them
  4. Gained efficiencies through scaling models that demonstrate agency-wide impact and break down existing department silos
  5. Faster delivery of products and services through adoption of agile methodologies and an emphasis on iterative improvement
Innovation Cycle/Process; 1. Identify the idea or opportunity. 2. Define challenge statement/focus. 3. Confirm support and engage nimble team. 4. Start and iterate: Stay relevant to user needs. 5. Expand: Replicate to other programs/departments

Innovation Themes

  1. Human/user centered design approaches and principles
  2. Usage of data and analytics
  3. Creation and adoption of digital services
  4. Replication of transferable investments
  5. Demonstration of cross departmental collaboration

The Teams

60% Department Participation

12 Nimble Teams Across Two Cohorts

120+ Innovation Change Agents

Team Values

  1. Collaborate (with departments and external partners)
  2. Value (demonstrate to end-users and departments)
  3. Test Small, Fail Small, Scale Big (create an environment where intelligent risks are encouraged and rewarded)
  4. Customer-Oriented (human centered design principles)
  5. Consultation (consensus building with rapid decision making)
  6. Partnerships (public and private sectors)
  7. Analytics (data driven decision making)
  8. Digital Services (creation and adoption of to create programmatic efficiencies)
  9. Delivery (focus on execution and doing the work)
  10. Scalable (sustainable agency-wide benefits)

The California Health and Human Services Agency oversees departments and offices that provide a wide range of services in the areas of health care, mental health, public health, alcohol and drug treatment, income assistance, social services and assistance to people with disabilities.

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