Having spent most of her career working in policy teams Emily is passionate about helping those in the social sector better understand how to use data to answer the question "what works for whom, at what cost." She'll use a case study of work with the Ministry of Education during 2014 to illustrate how numbers can be used to answer social sector questions - particularly how we can use individual level data to understand the impact of investment decisions. She will then offer some thoughts on future possibilities.
About Emily Mason
Emily has 15 years' experience in policy roles across the public service and is passionate about bridging the gap between data science and policy. Emily has worked in strategic and operational policy roles and is a thought leader in using data science to build a fairer and more evidence based state sector. She is currently working with the Social Sector Investment Change Programme and Statistics New Zealand on how data and analytics could take a greater role in informing decision-making from the front line to the Beehive. Emily has an MPP from Victoria University and was awarded the Prime Minister's Public Policy Prize (VUW) in 2004.
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