Data for Effective Policy Making

Services we provide – for Evidence-based decision making in policies:

1) Demonstrate importance of data in decision making and planning
Illustrate the importance of the relationship between data interpretation and analysis and strategic decision making
a) Importance of the quality and reliability of the data
b) How visualizations can help us understand data and the relationship between them


2) Define the research problem to be studied, the starting hypothesis, the variables of study and some methods to verify the hypotheses
a) Identify key problems when undertaking research, involving teams of experts to identify these problems
b) Use the problem tree method to identify the research problem to study
c) Identify the null and alternative hypothesis which the analysis will be based on
d) Choose the types of data and variables that most strongly influence the research problem


3) Identify the methodology that best addresses the problems for collecting, interpreting and analyzing data
a) Data collection strategies used in public policy
b) Identify the types of studies that can be carried out
c) Select the types of data analysis to use depending on the problem to be analyzed


4) Interpret and develop different types of visualizations
As decision makers of public policies are not always directly involved in the study, they must not only understand, but also evaluate the reports they receive. (display research results, also enable decision makers to understand the results)
a) Identify the type of chart or graphic to use based on the goal of the visualization
b) Interpret visualizations to support the decision-making process


5) Use data analysis to propose solutions to public policy problems, to explain the assessment of a policy, and to carry out policy planning.
Apply the knowledge to decision-making, especially in the public sector
a) Using a flow chart, Represent the entire process from data to policy planning, including the evaluation stage. (Evaluation stage is essential to measure the success or effectiveness of a policy)
b) Identify the main characteristics of the workflow for data-based policy making
c) Identify the main considerations to evaluate the success and impact of a policy
d) Interpret the results of an impact evaluation