Open Data. Open Policy.

[From the blog “A Great Day for Open Policy Analysis” by Fernando Hoces de la Guardia (BITSS Postdoc) posted at]
“Earlier this year, I headed over to the CBO [U.S. Congressional Budget Office] to share my efforts to “reverse engineer” one of their debated reports, on the projected effects of a minimum wage increase. I recreated the CBO analysis in a fully transparent and reproducible format, using tools that are now common in the open science community.”
“Analysts at the agency seemed very receptive to the idea of OPA [Open Policy Analysis]… So you can imagine how excited I was to see the following tweet from CBO yesterday.”


“Some people get excited when a celebrity reveals intimate personal details on twitter, or when a pundit remarks on major political events. For me, those sweet 93 characters — representing “technocracy-at-its-best” — qualify as top tweet of the year.”
CBO’s move is pretty landmark. This is the first time (to my knowledge) that a major policy agency has published both the data and code behind some of its key policy reports. As I’ve written in past, this is a major step in the fight against “alternative facts”. It’s a step toward directly connecting research with policy. And by making policy analysis more reproducible, it can increase the efficiency of producing future policy reports.”
To read more, click here.

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