What is the value of data? A review of empirical methods
The widespread availability of data and analytics has extended into the public sector and policy-making. This policy brief summarises the various methods being used in practice to value datasets and how they compare.
You’re not speaking my language: policy discontinuity and coordination gaps between the UK’s national economic strategies and its place-based policies
Lack of consistency and coordination has long been noted as a failing of UK government policies, but it has previously been difficult to assess the extent of the policy discontinuity. In this paper, the authors present evidence from text analysis of a startling lack of...
Respecting the subject in subjective wellbeing public policy: moving beyond the social planner paradigm
There is a rising tide of advocacy for public policy to be made on the basis of ‘subjective wellbeing’. In this paper, the authors argue that the vast majority of the associated policy proposals adopt the same ‘social planner perspective’ that undergirds conventional economic policy...
UK’s industrial policy: learning from the past?
The United Kingdom’s industrial policy since the 1970s has been characterised by frequent policy reversals and announcements, driven by political cycles. This paper explores the impacts of these deficiencies of the industrial policy-making landscape in the UK and contrasts them with the experiences of other...
Potential social value from data: an application of discrete choice analysis
This paper applies a form of discrete choice experiment, applying it to the question of how public sector controllers of data could estimate the potential social value other users would gain from the data, and also help identify which attributes of the data have particular...