CO-CREATION-06-2017: Policy-development in the age of big data: data-driven policy-making, policy-modelling and policy-implementation – (a) Research and Innovation Action

Document date: 
Thursday, 15 October, 2015

Official publication


What is the call about?

In order to enable governments - at all levels - to benefit from the availability of relevant data and thereby introduce and implement effective policies, new or improved methods and tools are needed to support and establish new types of evidence-informed policy design and implementation and to facilitate the interpretation of big data for public communication, including new outcome-based. For public administrations to experiment with the possibilities offered by big data – for example through policy modelling, monitoring, enforcing, simulation, testing, analysis and policy compliance – there is a need to thoroughly understand the legal frameworks and to take into account sociological, cultural, political, legal and economic as well as behavioural aspects. Proposals should also elaborate on the relationship between evidence-based policy-making and citizens’ participation, integrating the analysis of participatory elements.

Summary of Actions: Methodological development for using Big data in policy development, Assessment of economic, political, ethical and legal premises and implication of big data practices; develop methods and tools for compilation analysis and visualization of data, develop methods for metadata schemes, data linking or for reconciliation of multiple data sets for coherence; data mining methods for policy modelling and simulation.

Which funding is foreseen?

Proposals requesting a contribution from the EU in the order of between 4-5  million EUR .

Could official statistics expertise be a large part of the project team?

The project consortium could probably consist to a very large extent of official statistics research.

Which type of official statistics expertise would be needed?


  • Experts in quality assessment;
  • Experts in confidentiality and ethical issues;
  • Experts in visualisation methods;
  • Data linkage and matching experts;
  • Data mining experts;
  • Domain experts: e.g. environment, migration, inequalities, unemployment.


The above information is based on a subjective assessment. The authoritative source of information concerning the call is available on the Participant portal. The authoritative source of information on the rules and procedures for submitting a proposal is the Participant portal.