Statistics, evidence and #openpolicy (#bsbd event)

Some very quick reflections on the UK Statistics Authority’s seminar on Better Statistics, Better Data, which took place this morning. It gave me a slight sense of déjà vu from conversations a decade or more ago – statistics are hard to understand, most people don’t understand them (or trust them), and there are significant priming effects […]

Let the right data in (project report)

This post by Tom Smith of OCSI talks about a recent joint project, funded by the Technology Strategy Board and delivered with Demsoc, Public-i and Latest TV. It first appeared on the OCSI blog. Our work at OCSI can pretty much be summed up as “good evidence presented in the right way means more informed discussions […]

Whatever happened to open government and open policy? A scorecard

After being elected Prime Minister in 2010 David Cameron committed the UK to having “the most open and transparent government in the world.” Alongside this, the Government’s civil service reform plan published last year promised to “make open policymaking the default”, recognising that Whitehall itself does not have a monopoly on expertise. Here’s a brief – inevitably partial […]

Roundup: Sir Jeremy Heywood and open data | Public Leaders Network

The Guardian’s Public Leaders Network carried an interesting Q&A with a panel including Cabinet Secretary Jeremy Heywood on the implications of open data in government for, amongst other things, more open policymaking: How will open data influence policy making? Alongside the drive to open up data across government we are also – as part of […]

Open data: we can’t just rely on developers

Developers can’t be the only markets for open data sites – communities and individuals may need to use data in ways that developers, markets and funders don’t understand. Charles Arthur in the Guardian’s technology blog today reposted excerpts from Tom Steinberg’s post on the future of, a debate elsewhere in the open data community […]