Useful public health policy models need big data - but they also need theory

Wednesday, 23 October, 2019 - 17:00 to 17:15
Futures zone 1 (F1)


Policy models aim to predict the impact of future policy action. To meet this aim, models need both to describe a policy context and to explain it. Big data can be very helpful for description but – on its own – it cannot provide explanation. This talk will demonstrate state-of-the-art work to combine big data with theories of the social, towards development of the next generation of public health policy models.




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