How the Government and Private Sector can build a Culture of Informed Decision Making

Government officials makes thousands of decisions in a day. They need to take important decisions such as how to allocate funds, how to design public schemes, where to invest in infrastructure or public services, when to expand or end a program based on its performance, and so on. These decisions are consequential for good governance. Whether or not they are informed by accurate data reference can decide on the chances of successful decision making.

Focusing on the data accuracy leads to produce data, research, analysis, then ask how to visualize in good governance dashboard. Focusing on the decisions leads us to first understand what decisions a Government makes on a regular basis, and how they make them, then consider what evidence is needed for informed decision making.

When it comes to producing evidence, it is easy to imagine the role of non-governmental organizations, People at large and Survey agencies. At Fluids, our experience illustrates three ways outsiders can shape how government insiders make decisions with evidence:

1. Perpetual decisions and trend mapping

The decisions government agencies make regularly are the repeated decisions such as budget allocations, resources allocations and end-point directive decisions. These decisions find a trend and pattern when they are taken based on a definitive nature of data sources. An intelligent system, which is designed with all available patterns can predict analytical answers and options to select model for decision making.

2. An environment to foster culture and transparency

Sometimes taking right decision and politically right decisions may differ, due to situational compulsion.  Even when the right tools and practices are in place, the Government cannot take the right decision it wants to take. Yet the technology will be able to reflect the shift between correct decision and the final decision and eventually will show how this shift can be managed in future course of action.

3. The key here is to develop an ecosystem of support and accountability

The transparency of decision-making tools and practices, has enabled an ecosystem of scholars, researchers and policy advocates to grow up around it, performing both support and accountability throughout the decision making cycle. The integrity of source data, transparency of analysis and unbiased predictions are the key to success for these projects.

Kaushik Chowdhury

About the Author: Kaushik is consulting in the field of BPM, Automation and Data Driven projects for last 20 years and he is a senior member of IEEE, Graduate Member of IET-UK (MIET).

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