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Preparing Government Professionals for a New Context

The examples above illustrate the new contexts government professionals at all levels will face in the coming years. They will need to understand and manage different types of data, create new organizations or programs focused on analytics, select tools to support computation or public engagement, and engage in data-intensive policy analysis and evaluation. Policy informatics, as defined above, can act as a useful bridge between research and practice in the areas of technology, data, analytics, and policy analysis and management. Academics need to study current and emerging practices in their research in order to shape curricula in public policy and management to meet the needs of the practice community. In turn, the practice community can take advantage of insights from research to help address pressing public problems and should be able to rely on our graduate programs to produce professionals who are well-versed in advanced design and analytical approaches to public sector governance and management.