More and more arguments today are about the credibility of information – the quality of data used by governments. I am frequently astonished at the poor data quality and lack of transparency used to make decisions that affect millions of lives.
A recent report, THE PROMISE OF EVIDENCE-BASED POLICYMAKING, from a bipartisan commission in Washington has made a useful step toward improving confidence in the underlying data used by American government. The report addresses the following problems:
“The Commission’s recommendations represent a comprehensive strategy for tackling the greatest problems facing evidence building today—data access is limited, privacy-protecting practices are inadequate, and the capacity to generate the evidence needed to support policy decisions is insufficient.”