How to build an analytics-driven agency culture

Australia lags nations like the US and UK in data-driven policy design and harnessing public data for business. So how can agencies build a passion around data analytics to better serve citizens?

In July 2015, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet released its Public Sector Data Management report. The project aims to create a roadmap that will unlock the potential of public sector data to drive innovation, efficiency, productivity and economic growth.

The report found Australia’s capacity to remain competitive in the digital economy to be contingent upon its ability to harness the value of data. And it found Australia to be lagging on several counts.

Australia lags the United States and the United Kingdom, it argued, in releasing public data for business, and lags New Zealand in the application of data to policy design:

“Some countries started with a clear mandate to release data, while others focused on sharing and analysing it — there is no optimal sequence.”

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