Phily Stat returns to help city make sense of mountains of data

The Nutter administration heralded the management tool “Philly Stat” as a way to revolutionize city government. A year ago it was taken out of service for an overhaul.

Philly Stat is a tracking tool for city government, which follows the statistics that occur in everyday life. From how many homicides the police solve to how much people recycle in each neighborhood. Mayor Michael Nutter said the system has been improved while it was shelved over the past year.

“We’re going to lay out not only targets but them measure them and communicate with the public what we’ve found what we can do better,” said Nutter. “I would suggest to you if we could so something 100 percent we would ask the question the next day how could we do it better how could we do it faster, how could we do it more efficiently.”

Deputy Mayor Richard Negrin suspended philly stat last summer. He said now it can help the city work more efficiently.

“There’s a strong commitment to excellence on behalf of this mayor and a strong commitment on the part of everyone to have continuous improvement and that’s what this model is all about,” said Negrin.

During the first meeting, they went over the trends for serious crimes. In 2009 and 2010, major crime rate was the lowest it has been in 30 years.

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