Oxford Internet Institute study: Data for Policy

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A group of researchers and professors at the Oxford Internet Institute, along with Technopolis Group and the Centre for European Policy Studies, have been commissioned to “conduct an international study on innovative data-driven approaches to inform policymaking” by the European Commission. They’re accepting contributions from the public until March 25. Their call for submissions is below and the study website here. They intend to publish a draft report in April of this year.

Between 5 and 25 March 2015, the study team welcomes suggestions for existing data for policy initiatives. We are preparing an inventory of big data for policy and other innovative data-driven approaches for evidence-informed policymaking.

Our inventory of relevant initiatives will focus on:
a) operational pilots, demonstrators and implementations,
b) that are supported, on a structural basis, by policymakers,
c) that are at the national level, in European Union Member States, Canada, India, Singapore, South Korea and US, or
d) at the international level, initiated or supported by EC, OECD, WHO, WTO, Worldbank, UN, etc.

As such, the inventory does not cover research projects that do not prepare for implementation (these are addressed in our interviews and literature review) or initiatives at sub-national level (e.g. smart cities).

Open data initiatives are within the scope of the study if there are clear elements of data analytics and use of the data in one or several steps of the policy cycle of agenda and priority setting, policy options generation, policy design, ex ante impact assessment, monitoring and ex post evaluation and impact assessment.

Please send your suggestions to martijn.poel(at)technopolis-group.com

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