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Policy informatics is the transdisciplinary study of how computation and communication technology leverages information to better understand and address complex public policy and administration problems and realize innovations in governance processes and institutions.
The Center's mission is to leverage technology to solve public problems and design modern governance.
The Center seeks to become a global leader in advancing the research and practice of policy informatics to address complex public issues.
The Center advances its mission and vision by engaging in a variety of interdisciplinary and cross-sector research activities that focus on four categories of policy informatics - societal change, policy analysis, design interventions, and field building - that transcend contexts, including health, education, environment, and governance.
Rapid advancements in information, computation, and communication technology continue to proliferate society and become increasingly embedded in our everyday activities, transforming how we learn, communicate, coordinate, produce, and consume. As the world becomes increasingly complex, interconnected, dynamic, and resource-constrained, so do the public issues with which we must grapple. In an information-intensive governance environment, advancements in information, computation, and communication technology afford us the possibility to better tackle complex public issues in new and innovative ways that tap into and reflect the reality of this world. In particular, this involves liberating data, collecting the bottom-up generation of big data, modeling and simulating system dynamics of social-environmental interactions, as well as engaging, educating, and empowering public officials, future researchers, and the public-at-large to interact with data and one another in a manner that collectively produces meaningful insights, solutions, and actions to address public issues.