Title: A call to action for better data and better policy evaluation. A briefing on the importance of administrative data for social knowledge and policy evaluation, at Big Data times
Authors: DE SOUSA ARROBAS CRATO NUNO PAULO
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2017
JRC N°: JRC105479
ISBN: 978-92-79-65345-2 (print)
978-92-79-65346-9 (pdf)
ISSN: 1018-5593 (print)
1831-9424 (online)
Other Identifiers: EUR 28434 EN
OP KJ-NA-28434-EN-C (print)
OP KJ-NA-28434-EN-N (online)
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC105479
DOI: 10.2760/098263 (print)
10.2760/738045 (online)
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: National administrations, European institutions and public organisations collect, supervise, and keep track of extremely varied and extensive types of data. Modern technologies and better organized civil lives have facilitated tremendously the collection and custody of these data on a scale previously unknown. This opens novel perspectives to our daily lives, but also allows for a much more detailed and sound knowledge of our economies and our societies. In what follows, we deal with an important issue within this general framework: we make the case for the collection, treatment, availability and use of micro-data, in particular administrative data (admin-data). We urge to take action on the use of these data for a better, easier and more cost-effective evaluation of policies. There is already an incredible wealth of available data that opens the door to a better knowledge of our economies and our societies. If these data are well kept, organized, complemented, and linked, if data are regularly updated and used for the knowledge of the economic and social situation, if policy measures are recurrently evaluated and adjusted on the basis of this information, and if appropriate scientific methods are used, then our societies can make a better use of their resources and our policy measures can be more efficient. At a moment of increasing attention to the efficacy of public spending, of increasing scrutiny over the effects of policies, it is more important than ever to be able to know how the chosen policy measures are impacting over our societies. We have the data, we have the means, and we have the necessary scientific methods. We have to do it. At the end, the European citizen will be the beneficiary.
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