How can government make better use of data science? Insights from the first Data Science …

August 3, 2016 Jess Whittlestone Earlier this year the Behavioural Insights Team, working together with Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government and Harvard’s Behavioral Insights Group, hosted a one-day conference exploring the topic of data science and government. The conference attracted 200 participants from across government, industry, and academia. In his opening remarks, David Halpern, BIT’s CEO and the National Advisor on What Works, observed that the world of data for government has transformed dramatically over quite a short period. Whilst David’s PhD thesis required weeks of work combing through hundreds of consultation documents in a single GP practice to collect data, our paper published earlier this year in the Lancet allowed us to analyse all of the prescriptions data from every GP practice in the UK over a two year period in…


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