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Informed Choice? Motivations and methods of data usage among public officials in India

December 06, 2016 by Rwitwika Bhattacharya, Mohitkumar Daga

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The importance of data in informing the policy making process is being increasingly realized across the world. With India facing significant developmental challenges, use of data offers an important opportunity to improve the quality of public services. However, lack of formal structures to internalize a data-informed decision making process impedes the path to robust policy formation. This paper seeks to highlight these challenges through a case study of data dashboard implementation in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The study suggests the importance of capacity building, improvement of data collection and engagement off non-governmental players as measures to address issue