Policy analytics: an agenda for research and practice

Valerie Belton, Giulia Lucertini, Gilberto Montibeller, Alexis Tsoukias

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The growing impact of the ‘‘analytics’’ perspective in recent years, which integrates advanced data-mining and learning methods, is often associated with increasing access to large databases and with decision support systems. Since its origin, the field of analytics has been strongly business-oriented, with a typical focus on data-driven decision processes. In public decisions, however, issues such as individual and social values, culture and public engagement are more important and, to a large extent, characterise the policy cycle of design, testing, implementation, evaluation and review of public policies. Therefore public policy making seems to be a much more socially complex process than has hitherto been considered by most analytics methods and applications. In this paper, we thus suggest a framework for the use of analytics in supporting the policy cycle—and conceptualise it as ‘‘Policy Analytics’’.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sep 2014
EventThe Operational Research Society Annual Conference - Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Sep 201411 Sep 2014
Conference number: 56th


ConferenceThe Operational Research Society Annual Conference
Abbreviated titleOR56
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityEgham, Surrey
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  • analytics
  • decision support system
  • policy analytics

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