Promises of DSIP initiatives

The wide scope and pace of the uptake of digital technologies and data use across the public sector is putting pressure on governments to consider how to leverage the new digital opportunities to improve their work. At the same time, emerging technologies are offering new opportunities. For example, machine-learning has the potential to increase the quality of analysis of large volumes of data and thus assist delivery of evidence-based decisions in science and innovation policy. The broader advantages of DSIP include potential improvements in policy design (e.g. through better targeting), better monitoring and evaluation, using digital tools to facilitate experimentation with new policies at a small scale before their broader implementation, and using digital technologies for policy implementation and reform (OECD, 2016). Specifically, DSIP initiatives can provide the following support:



OECD (2016), “Future technology trends”, in OECD Science, Technology and Innovation Outlook 2016, OECD Publishing, Paris. DOI:


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