In the last two decades, governments and researchers have placed a growing emphasis on the value of evidence-based policy. However, while the evidence generated through research to inform policy has become more rigorous and transparent, policy analysis — the process of contextualizing evidence to inform specific policy decisions (depicted in Figure 1) — remains opaque. We recognize that there is significant room for improvement in terms of how evidence is used in policy reports, as well as potential efficiency gains from increasing reproducibility and automation.
Through the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS), CEGA supports Open Policy Analysis (OPA), an approach to policy analysis wherein data, code, materials, and clear accounts of methodological decisions are made freely available to facilitate collaboration, discussion, and reuse. OPA adapts and applies cutting-edge tools, methods, and practices commonly used for transparency and reproducibility in scientific research.
OPA is based on the following principles:
CEGA develops and tests tools, practices, and community standards for OPA, and supports policy analysis organizations in operationalizing OPA. To see what OPA looks like in practice, have a look at our projects below.
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