Mixed bunch: the use and utility of administrative data in dispute and complaint resolution bodies in Victoria
Dispute and complaint resolution bodies are a vital part of the Victorian justice system, providing access to civil justice for thousands of Victorians. While they have a vibrant political and policy history, their establishment and functions have been organic and piecemeal. This report is an...
A Data Capability Framework for the not-for-profit sector
As community services rapidly digitise, they are generating more data than ever before. This research shows that data capability involves fostering effective and responsible data practices across three integrated dimensions - data access and infrastructure, data skills and data governance.
The #Data4COVID19 Review: assessing the use of non-traditional data during a pandemic crisis
The GovLab, with the support of the Knight Foundation, recently sought to evaluate how non-traditional data was used to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The research identifies lessons and recommendations that can be applied to future data-driven crisis management.
The Government Regulatory Technology Report 2022: optimism meets barriers to progress
The use of technology by regulators has the potential to improve how regulators operate and how easily and or effectively those they regulate comply. This article discusses a new survey that reveals the degree to which regulators are adopting these technologies.
Optimizing analytics for policymaking and governance
This review draws on a survey of professionals working in and with federal agencies to develop a more comprehensive understanding of how the government uses analytics, the outcomes of these efforts, and the challenges agencies face in their work to further develop analytical capabilities.
Australian data strategy
Australia’s first data strategy sets the federal government's vision to become a modern, data-driven society by 2030. It outlines the national approach to data as a key driver of the future economy. The strategy seeks to maximise data’s value, protect it to build trust and...
Smarter data: the use and utility of administrative data in Victorian courts and tribunals
This report on the use and utility of data in Victorian courts and tribunals adds a critical dimension to the understanding of the data environment, and through it, the opportunities and challenges in its effective application.
The ATO Longitudinal Information Files (ALife): Individuals - a new dataset for public policy research
This working paper provides an overview of the ATO's 'ALife - Individuals' dataset and outlines some of the possibilities for public policy research and evaluation that will improve understanding of taxpayer behaviour and support policy development.
Digital barriers to economic justice in the wake of COVID-19
This report identifies three major digital barriers to economic justice arising from the COVID-19 pandemic—the collapse of benefits automation, expanded workplace and school surveillance, and the digital profiling of economic distress. The report uses a data justice framework to suggest how policy-makers might mitigate the...
Using census, social security and tax data from the Multi-Agency Data Integration Project (MADIP) to impute the complete Australian income distribution
The synthetic income measure developed in this project provides a robust measure of income levels and dynamics for a very large sample of Australian adults, and if analysed carefully, can help support our understanding of access to economic resources in Australia and how it varies...
The third wave of open data toolkit
This toolkit has been developed as a resource for data stewards and responsible data leaders at public, private, and civil society organisations, who are seeking new ways to create public value through cross-sector data collaboration.
Surveillance and the ‘new normal’ of COVID-19: public health, data, and justice
This report maps a range of social fault lines and data-related challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has raised. In the process, it highlights some emerging best practices and lessons learned that can guide future emergency responses.
Dialogues about data: building trust and unlocking the value of citizens’ health and care data
The COVID-19 pandemic is bringing the opportunities and challenges of sharing health and care data to the front of public debate. This report sets out two interlinked challenges to building a data-driven health and care system.
Changes in public sentiment in relation to data privacy during COVID-19
This rapid research brief analyses whether COVID-19 had an impact on public sentiment in relation to privacy and the widespread use of data and technology by government in responding to the public health crisis, be it through tracing, compliance or enforcement.
The emergence of a third wave of open data
The open data movement has thus far been limited by an overwhelming focus on the national and supranational levels. In this publication, the authors argue these (and many other) limitations necessitate additional improvements to accelerate the re-use of data to unleash the public good potential...
Transitioning to the next generation of metadata
This report synthesises six years (2015-2020) of OCLC Research Library Partners Metadata Managers Focus Group discussions and what they may foretell for the “next generation of metadata.” The firm belief that metadata underlies all discovery regardless of format, now and in the future, permeates all...
Polis and the political process
This report finds that calls for greater regulation in political campaigns have a far greater consensus of support among the general public than arguments against regulation. The research finds that a large majority (61%) of people think profiling people based on their online data should...
Addressing trust in public sector data use
This report analyses projects where data has been shared between government departments, and with commercial organisations, identifying recurring barriers, and the steps that were taken to address them. It focuses on citizen trust, which the report argues needs to be addressed if we are to...
Apples, oranges and lemons
This research report examines how administrative data is collected and used in the Victorian civil justice system.
RDA COVID-19: Recommendations and guidelines on data sharing
This is the final version of the recommendations and guidelines from the RDA COVID-19 Working Group, and has been endorsed through the official RDA process.
Combining crowds and machines
New technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), allow us to mobilise human intelligence in new ways and at greater scale. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the many uses of collective intelligence: from symptom-tracking apps to open-source production of medical equipment. But despite its potential, collective intelligence...
Application of dynamic spreadsheets in the analysis of waste by making-do
This study aims to investigate and analyse waste by making-do in seven companies from Goiás with the aid of a Dashboard and perform the risk analysis of the identified waste. The aim to study making-do is highlighted in view of its relationship with other areas...
RDA COVID-19: Recommendations and guidelines
These detailed guidelines are supplemented with higher level recommendations aimed at the other stakeholder groups who need to work together with the researchers and data stewards to realise the timely and open sharing of research data as a key component of pandemic preparedness and response.
Good policy needs good data: why is it locked up?
Crunching official data helps evaluate policies. Potential embarrassment is the wrong reason for governments to keep it under wraps, Warwick McKibbin and Robert Breunig write.
Can digital health help stop the next epidemic?
This paper recommends a focused five-year U.S. initiative to pilot replicable models for scaling digital health within epidemic preparedness and response efforts in two to three partner countries.