About the Workshop
Thirty-two participants interested in the intersections of technology and information in public policy and management represented a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds including e-government, business and public administration, comparative politics, and operations research among many others. They worked in more than a dozen policy domains ranging from agriculture to criminal justice to public health to transportation and urban planning. Individuals at the workshop possessed many kinds of specific expertise they wanted to share including analytic methods, building data repositories, understanding cultural differences and complexity in research and practice, interacting with practitioners, and innovative teaching strategies. They also expressed interest in a variety of topics they hoped to learn more about related to policy informatics including data visualization, innovative teaching methods, international comparisons, balancing theory and practice, and leveraging technology.
Participants represented the following schools: Arizona State University, Brunel University, Carnegie Mellon University, Delft University of Technology, Ohio State University. San Francisco State University, University at Albany, University of Koblenz, Germany University of Vermont, and University of Victoria. Experts from government and non-profit organizations represented New York State, New York City, Kid Risk, Inc. and the Millennium Institute.
- 32 experts representing a wide range of professional and academic backgrounds
- Worked in policy domains ranging from agriculture to criminal justice to public health to transportation and urban planning.
- Represented more than 10 different universities in the US and Europe
The workshop had four objectives:
- Understand the analytical needs of policy makers and program managers
- Share approaches to educating students in the types, uses, and limitations of policy informatics
- Explore new methods for policy informatics education
- Consider curriculum recommendations for public affairs schools
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