Message from the Director
Data, Policy, Visual Analytics -
Over the past month, the importance of policy and data has received much attention within the government and media (e.g., Big Data and Governement conference in DC, impact and policies related to sequestration). Data-driven policy development and decision making is growing theme and trend. The impact of policy is normally projected and measured using data. Additionally, many federal funding agencies are involved in an effort to measure the impact of federal reserach spending, collecting metrics and analyzing this data (STAR Metrics program).
Visualization and interactive visual analytics play a key role in this entire process: from data analysis, to evaluating policy alternatives, to conveying to decision makers and the public the impact of and justification for policies. VACCINE researchers have been actively involved in developing tools for data-driven decision making and policy. Dr. Evert Lindquist, University of Victoria, has led VACCINE efforts in this area with conference panels and organizing a very successful VACCINE-sponsored workshop on this topic last summer. VACCINE has also been collaborating with several DHS agencies (e.g., US Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Immigration Service) on visual analytic tools for data driven decision making, policy impact and alternative evaluation, and resource allocation and projection based on policy. Finally, among the many additional relevant VACCINE activities, Dr. Kelly Gaither, University of Texas, recently testified before Congress on the impact of federal research funding policy (see story below).
If you are interested in finding our more about VACCINE's activities in this area or discussing a potential problem/project in this area, please contact me.