Top Digital States Awarded to Michigan and Utah

In its comprehensive 2010 Digital States Survey, e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government evaluated the digital technology practices of all 50 states.  Grades were given based on quantifiable results in better serving citizens and streamlining operations. Four states received A grades, with Michigan and Utah receiving an A and Pennsylvania and Virginia receiving an A-.

The survey evaluated states across eight broad categories, covering such areas as adaptive leadership and innovation; citizen engagement and open government; and administration and human resource management.  Those states which received high marks demonstrated results across all categories.

Cathilea Robinett, executive vice president of the Center for Digital Government said, “The results of the Digital States Survey show what happens when states take technology seriously – you can deliver services, you can reduce costs and you can cope with budget cuts.  The survey shows that many states are doing just that, and many others are doing the hard work of getting to that point. Most states are working harder and smarter, producing real results and providing value to the public.”

The Center thanks Accenture, EMC, Microsoft, NIC, SAS and Verizon for underwriting the survey and for their support of states nationwide.

2010 Digital States Survey Grades

A  Michigan and Utah

A- Pennsylvania and Virginia

B+ California, Colorado, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Oregon, South Dakota, and Tennessee

B  Arizona, Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Dakota, Texas and West Virginia

B- Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio and Washington

C+ Alaska, Iowa, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin

C  Alabama, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, and Wyoming

C- Idaho, Indiana, and South Carolina

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Category Award Winners

In addition to every state’s individual grade, winners were chosen in each of the eight categories judged.  Those winners are:

Adaptive Leadership

1st - Georgia

2nd - California

3rd – Maryland

4th – Michigan

5th – Colorado

Enterprise ICT

1st Michigan

2nd California and Pennsylvania

3rd Illinois and New York

Public Safety

1st Tennessee

2nd Utah

3rd Virginia

4th Michigan

5th North Dakota

Health and Human Services

1st Utah

2nd Michigan

3rd Mississippi

4th Tennessee

5th Pennsylvania

Commerce, Labor and Tax

1st Utah

2nd Michigan

3rd New York and South Dakota

4th Missouri

Finance and Administration

1st Utah

2nd Michigan

3rd New York

4th Minnesota

5th Kansas

Energy and Transportation

1st Oregon

2nd Utah and Michigan

3rd New York

4th Minnesota

Citizen Engagement

1st California

2nd Virginia

3rd Michigan

4th Colorado and New York

Digital States Survey Grades Criteria:


Trending sharply up.  Demonstrated results across all categories.  Modernization used to realize operational efficiencies and strategic priorities under nimble leaders.  Evidence of meaningful collaboration.  Performance measures and metrics widely adopted.  Cuts tend to be made strategically.


Trending up. Demonstrated results in many categories.  Leadership using modernization to change entrenched practices to prepare for more sustainable operations. Incentives for collaboration in place.  Measures used in key areas. Cuts tend to be made across the board.


Trending stable. Demonstrated results in some categories. Modernization used to realize operational efficiencies.  Includes those states that had launched reforms but where results had not been fully harvested.   Organizational constraints limit collaboration.  Measures uneven.  Cuts constrained progress.


Trending down. Results in at least one category. Modernization tended to be siloed and limited.   Little evidence of collaboration.  Few measures .  Cuts threaten operational viability.


Trending sharply down. Inertia considerable.  Negligible results.  Aging systems destabilizing operations and increasing costs.  No evidence of collaboration. No measures in place.  Cuts cited for stopping any progress.

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