Professional Development for Data Scientists in Policy

How is Big Data research and analysis used to improve public policy and services?

A Professional Development Policy Workshop for early-career civil servants and researchers

18 September 2015 (10:00 – 17:00 + drinks/networking) BIS Conference Centre, London

You are invited to attend a Professional Development Policy Workshop for early-career civil servants and researchers to take place on 18 September at BIS Conference Centre, London.  The workshop has been organised jointly by the Centre for Science and Policy and Cambridge Big Data and will be hosted by the Government Office for Science – please see attached the provisional programme.

The purpose of the workshop is to introduce early-career civil servants and researchers to the role of evidence and analysis in policy making through a series of panel discussions and worked examples. The workshop will aim to provide attendees with a better understanding of the relationship between research and policy and, in particular, the potential for big data to provide insights for policy and its implications for law, ethics and the economy.

Speakers from both academia and government will present examples of how big data research and analysis has contributed to policy-making – what worked well and how they dealt with any technical, moral and ethical issues. Presenters will offer advice on how early-career policy makers and researchers might best engage to improve the exchange of ideas and practices.

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