In the post-pandemic world, data literacy will be an essential skill for policymakers and civil servants.
Pratik Phadkule, Assistant Professor of Practice, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana, India.
It is expected that public policy should be based on evidence rather than on any ideology, or any pre-decided goal. Public policymaking should ideally be ‘evidence-based.’ Data and information constitute evidence.
Data needs to be processed and analysed to be used as evidence. To process and analyse data, we need data literacy. The Covid-19 crisis revealed the importance of data and data literacy for sound policy decisions.
In the post-pandemic world, data literacy will be an essential skill for policymakers and civil servants. Data literacy should be an essential part of the relevant undergraduate and post-graduate degree curriculums, but also of the in-service training programmes for civil servants.
Published in: Journal of Asian Public Policy
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