Data bites

This latest report from UK think tank the Institute for Government looks at government data.

The Institute for Government believes that better data matters. Good-quality data is vital for both effectiveness – government needs to understand itself to improve its performance – and accountability – those of us on the outside are better able to scrutinise it. Our work on data, primarily through our Whitehall Monitor, Performance Tracker and Parliamentary Monitor projects (on central government, public services and parliament respectively), has thrown up a lot of things that could be better in government data. We collected some of these in a short report, Gaps in Government Data, in 2018. But we also realised some very good work was going on, across various different fields related to data in government, and wanted to highlight these examples and bring people together around them. As a result, we launched Data Bites, our monthly meet-up showcasing interesting government data projects, in April 2019. This report summarises the first year of, and first eight, events.

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