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Policy making processes

Policy making is a complex activity at any governmental level, since it involves striking a balance between legal requirements, intended outcomes and public response to the policy in question. Whilst incorporating popular input into the process is crucial to the legitimacy and acceptability of the outcome, it is also desirable to match citizen’s expectations and demands to the policy.

Questions of great concern for policy makers then become when they are assured of that sufficient relevant issues and influences have been taken into account, and to what extent the impact of a policy can be predicted before it is implemented.

The purpose of this project is to create and apply a toolkit that meets a need for tools and techniques which will support information gathering, analysing and policy modelling as well as detection of deviations from such. This research will cover techniques for extracting information from social media and open data sources, creating of policy models and their implementations, while combining data with the use of decision theoretic techniques to formulate and analyse expected outcomes of policies and deviation detection.


Love Ekenberg, Stockholm university