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Little Bites of Big Data for Public Policy
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Little Bites of Big Data for Public Policy

First Edition


March 2017 | 96 pages | CQ Press
Little Bites of Big Data for Public Policy brings to life the quest to make better policy with better evidence. This brief book frames the big puzzles and, through lively stories and clear examples, provides a valuable how-to guide for producing analysis that works—that speaks persuasively to policy makers, in the language they can best hear, on the problems for which they most need answers. Author Donald F. Kettl brings together the cutting-edge streams of data analytics and data visualization to frame the big puzzles and find ways to make the pieces fit together. By taking little bites of a wide variety of useful data, and then by analyzing it in ways that decision makers will find most helpful, analysts can be much more effective in shaping solutions to the most important problems governments face. 
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Chapter 1: Knowing Better
Doing without Knowing (Everything)  
The Law of Supply and Demand  
Making Evidence Speak  
 
Chapter 2: Get the Story, Get It Right
What Are the Right Questions?  
What Is a Good Answer?  
 
Chapter 3: Tell the Story
Filters  
Seeing Data  
Making Data Speak  
 
Chapter 4: Sell the Story
Anecdotes  
Mediating Information  
Making the Sale  
 
Chapter 5: Speak above the Noise
How to Know What We Know  
Speaking above the Noise  
 
Index
Key features
KEY FEATURES:
  • The book lays out a framework for thinking about the role that data plays—and how to make it persuasive to busy decision makers.
  • The book contains many rich charts and graphs that demonstrate how data can be presented—and made useful—to supply answers to the problems for which decision makers have powerful demands.
  • The book has a wealth of specific examples and case studies that bring analysis of data to life, in ways that are lively, engaging, and accessible—even for people who don’t think they like data!

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ISBN: 9781506383521