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States define recidivism differently, which can result in misleading interpretations of the statistics.

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Food for thought: Data tool maps food, climate and racial equity risks

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Data literacy: the drive to educate the public sector workforce

As data-based decision-making becomes ever more important, data academies begin to blossom in local government.

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