The benefits of a data-driven policy-making are related to a more effective, efficient, open and accountable public sector.
The effective use of technologies can help governments and public institutions to close data gaps that have long impeded successful policymaking. When problems are well detailed, policy-making can become more targeted, with attention appropriately and efficiently directed; more tailored, so that responses fit different needs and able to adjust to evolving circumstances; and more experimental, with real-time testing of how problems respond to different strategies. Data also allows for cool analysis and less biased decision-making.
Taking advantage of technologies as a means of gathering data for policy making is a key step towards achieving better policy results.
During the past decade, advances in information technology have ignited a revolution in decisionmaking, from business to sports to policing. Previously, decisions in these areas had been heavily influenced by factors other than empirical evidence, including personal experience or observation, instinct, hype, and dogma or belief. The ability to collect and analyze large amounts of data, however, has allowed decisionmakers to cut through these potential distortions to discover what really works.