Putting evidence into the hands of Singapore’s policy-makers

SINGAPORE: In city-building simulation game SimCity, one is tasked to build a bustling, thriving city based on information such as residents’ happiness, which is in turn determined by how high their taxes are, proximity to heavy industries or smog-inducing power plants, or how efficient municipal services such as waste management or healthcare are. To Mr Liu Feng-Yuan, the director of data science at Government Digital Services, a unit within the Government Technology Agency (GovTech), there are similarities to how Singapore’s policies should be formulated. “Facts should be used as the starting point” for policy-making and not guesswork, he told Channel NewsAsia in an interview. “Our aim is to help Government agencies make evidence-based policy-making with data at their fingertips,” Mr Liu reiterated. This was why the team developed the Pulse…


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