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Building a framework to increase the policy impact of big data

Case Study


Nesta is a UK-based charity that helps people and organizations bring great ideas to life by providing investments and grants, as well as by mobilizing research, networks and skills. They support innovation policymakers globally, by supplying them with evidence to inform their decisions.

In addition to developing new techniques for data collection, processing and analysis, Nesta’s innovation mapping team delivers evidence through novel channels such as interactive visualizations. However, it’s not always clear how innovation policymakers engage with these new data sources.

The Challenge

Nesta commissioned The Decision Lab to map out existing and emerging approaches to information delivery. The goal was to shine a light on how innovation policymakers engage with new data sources, to better understand the impact of Nesta’s projects and to increase their influence on policy.

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