Data is a fundamental input for designing, implementing, and evaluating public policies. Effective information management enables countries to become more efficient, provide optimal responses, and manage their public goods better.
In Argentina, a massive amount of data is generated by the state. However, this process is highly fragmented and the data that is gathered is not exploited to its full potential. To make better use of this data, we need to look on it as an asset that we can derive value from. In other words, this data needs to be governed.
What does this mean in practice? Data should be treated as if it were extremely valuable and handled through specific procedures and policies. Data is worth even more when it is connected to other data and can be cross-referenced and shared. State data is a public good.
Our work seeks to improve how the state manages data. How? We design governance policies to centralize, classify, and share available data without losing sight of individuals’ security and privacy. Our work includes data analysis and data science to support state capacity building around data usage.
The journey toward evidence-based public policy starts with data.