Data Science for Government and Policy-Making

Data Science for Government and Policy-Making Convenors: Professor Helen Margetts & Professor Tom Melham Date: 14 March 2016 Location: University of Oxford Large-scale data and data science methods offer great potential to improve public services and transport, create efficiency savings and deliver innovative solutions to policy problems. Nonetheless, governments have been slower than the private sector to develop capacity in this growing field. Data science applications can present design alternatives to the traditional structures of government, offering governance models more suited to an increasingly digital society and new sources of evidence for policy-making. At the same time, the application of data science to government and policy-making can meet cultural resistance, scepticism, lack of capacity and new ethical challenges distinct to the public sector. With the aim of discussing these issues…

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