Bhubaneswar: The state government initiated a partnership with the University of Chicago Trust (UCT) to leverage data for innovation and policy decisions to advance adoption of evidence-based research for policy input.

The five-year partnership will support evidence-based research in areas of energy and environment, health, education, agriculture and water and sanitation and catalyse efforts to develop a high-quality data interface for enabling evidence-based governance of existing programmes….

Talking about the collaboration, state electronics and information technology minister Tusharkanti Behera said, “The establishment of the data, policy, and innovation centre (DPIC) in Bhubaneswar is a testament to the government’s commitment to the state’s development across sectors. Scholars from around the world are conducting research in Odisha and taking their findings to the rest of the world.”

DPIC aims at enabling rigorous, evidence-based governance while using new advances in econometrics, data science and machine learning and act as a centre of excellence for collecting big data from many sources. The trust, through the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago and its other research centres are supporting the government in operationalizing DPIC.

“Odisha has always been at the forefront of using data for testing innovative ideas. Five years ago, we worked with the government of Odisha to launch a one of its kind data-driven transparency programme for industries. So, in a way, it’s a homecoming for us and we are excited to work closely with the government of Odisha in further advancing data and evidence-driven policymaking,” said professor Michael Greenstone, Milton Friedman Professor in Economics and director of the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago.

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