Evidence Based Policy Making in Europe Conference 2021
The convergence of Cloud, Big Data and AI has already resulted in major transformation across Government services, yet the process of policy making itself is often left behind. Join Policy Cloud, Decido, AI4PublicPolicy, DUET and Intelcomp at the virtual Evidence Based Policy Making in Europe event to explore major challenges, trends and opportunities to improve public sector decision making that will deliver healthier, happier places to live and work.
Digital technologies have changed the world. Today people expect faster, seamless, on-demand services from their providers, and Government is no exception. For effective urban operations which make life easier for residents, workers and visitors, Public Sector decision making needs to become more agile, breaking down data silos to combine day-to-day tactical decisions with longer term policies and strategies. Disruptive technologies such as Digital Twins, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and High Performance Computing (HPC) unlock new opportunities for sustainable decision making through visualisations, simulations and predictions that enhance transparency, increase public support and involvement, and optimise resources.
To support this transformation, PolicyCloud, Decido, AI4Public Policy, DUET and Intelcomp pan-European projects and initiatives dedicated to using cloud for data-driven policy, have joined forces to host Evidence Based Policy Making in Europe, a premier conference for government that focuses purely on data and tools for decision making. Together with leading change agents from the European Commission and Local Government the event will explore the new decision-making ecosystems being built by cities and administrations, including the use cases being adopted, and the innovative data and tools being adopted for modern policy making.
Day 1: Evidence Based Policy Cases – from data to decision making
Given the complexity of our societies and the rapid generation of data, how can public authorities transform the usually slow, deliberative policy making process to one that is more agile and responsive, which develops better evidence-based policies which adapt as new data comes to light, and which are trusted, understood and contributed to by relevant stakeholders.
Evidence Based Policy Cases – Pilot Studies
Will the plethora of data help us make better decisions and better policies? Public authorities use data (whether it’s citizen science or gov data) to inform short- and long-term policy decisions, or to improve existing services. Experimenting with policy options will enable governments and cities to tackle complex, policy problems that require innovative thinking to develop transformative solutions.
The tight connection between people and government in co-creating new and targetted policies
Covid 19 has highlighted the importance of peoples health and social needs and the need to address some longstanding challenges.
Speakers: Paresa Markianidou, Armend Duzha, Germana Gianquinto
What can we do to slow down Climate Change?
We are in the midst of a climate crisis which is contibuting to public health problems. Governments need to reduce and elimate emissions fast. Environmental policies exist but have largely failed to make a difference as measures have mainly focused on making emission reductions profitable for business, think carbon credits, energy saving bulbs. For more sustainable outcomes which make cities happier and healthier places to live for all, creative and innovative policies and tools need to be cocreated by the whole value chain. Digital enablers such as IoT, Cloud and Big Data ensure stakeholders can work together with a common-view/visualisation of the situation so they can simulate and predict the impact of differing policy choices.
Mobility policies, a new era for cities and citizens
Transport forms the backbone of all urban economies. The ability to move freely, cost-effectively and easily is one of the most important drivers of economic and societal development. Its policies are interdisciplinary with a direct impact on urban development and the environment so European cities require effective strategies to help overcome these challenges. . New technology like Digital twins and the resulting location based geographical information (GI) it produces is changing the nature, costs and impact of transport on a real-time basis. It is this shift in speed, detail and synchronicity that presents a suite of new opportunities for public sector policy makers. Hear from cities at the leading edge of smart mobility innovation.
Recommendations from the 3 tracks
Innovation workshop with adopters
Day 2: Innovative Tools for Evidence Based Policy – from digital disruption to digital adoption
The convergence of Cloud, Big Data and AI has already caused considerable transformation across Government. With citizens demanding better experiences as their expectations shift towards quick, seamless and personalised services, now is the time for Public Sector decision makers to embrace digital disruption and new innovative technologies to make more more sustainable policy based on real-time information, predicted impact and citizen input.
Innovative Tools for Evidence Based Policy
The convergence of Cloud, Big Data and AI has already caused considerable transformation across Government. With citizens demanding better experiences as their expectations shift towards quick, seamless and personalised services, now is the time for Public Sector decision makers to embrace digital disruption and new innovative technologies to make more more sustainable policy based on real-time information, predicted impact and citizen input. The Data Driven Policy Cluster is consulting with stakeholders for a tailored and suer-centric development of tools for evidence-based policymaking while keeping a close eye on legal compliance and interoperability.
A New Era of Collaboration, Co-creation & Consultation with Citizens & Stakeholders
We live in a digital world, shopping, working and even meeting our friends and partners online, Despite the wealth of digital tools at our fingertips, participation in democratic processes is falling across Europe. This may be beacouse so far Governments have just digitised what we already do offline (e.g. e-petitions, e-consultation etc.) whereas new technologies and data opens up much more exciting possibilities for collaboration, co-creation and consultation with citizens. This track explores how new technologies and tools can be used for engagement and innovative collaboration between policy makers and citizens creating ecosystems for positive change.
Speakers: Fabio Perossini, Monica Caballero, Pavel Kogut
Forging the Future with Policy Impact Analysis & Prediction
The wealth of data at our disposal should not only be used to understand the areas where new policy or change in policy is needed, but also to predict the impact of those policies, giving realistic KPIs on which they can be judged. This track will explore how policy impact prediction and analysis will lead to measurable outcomes and further policy refinement.
Managing Legal, Ethical & Standards Challenges and Constraints in a Digital World
While developing data-driven policy management tools, the cluster keeps a close eye on legal and ethical aspect.
Speakers: Martim Torba & Alberto Bettiol, Vanni Resta, Marina Cugurra