Public Sector Newsletter
April 2018

Throw out the old rules of government?

Why data analytics hold the key to success

2018 could be a time of high risk for the EU trying to understand life without the UK. But Ireland must focus on the growth opportunity ahead and decisions must be made now for our future as we fully embrace the opportunity to examine the best paths forward using evidence-based decision-making.

You need to navigate successful paths ahead for every single government department from Justice & Equality to Defence and more. Let’s take border security and customs as an example. Without continuing to share intelligence and the co-operation of our European allies and the UK, we will have to find robust new ways to both protect our country against illegal trade and trafficking on the one hand, while delivering ‘frictionless’ borders to expedite trade and tourism on the other. How will we be able to do this? Analytics and AI will help us learn quickly about the patterns of behaviour that look suspicious, reducing the number of false positives that are investigated by border personnel while uncovering new routes for illegal immigrants and contraband goods as they evolve.

As we seek to attract new business investment in the country, will we need to rethink our trade, tax and tourism strategies to ensure that we are in the best position to offer what an organisation or business needs.

In fact, the possibilities offered via data analytics are almost endless for both strategy development and operational effectiveness. And it’s something that we should use creatively in order to better serve the needs of the Irish Republic. To do this, we will need to think differently about how we share data between our government departments and with external partners. Of course, GDPR will be in effect from May, so embracing upcoming principles of data sharing will be key. Using analytics in evidence-based policy will help us to better understand the needs of our regional populations and provide tailored policy and frameworks for governing accordingly.

SAS has a track record of delivering powerful insight to countries whether newly devolved or countries looking to take an innovative approach. When the Soviet Union fell, Estonia found itself having to develop new government processes and structures and used SAS analytics to take the first step in understanding its population dynamics, in order to develop appropriate services and policies.

We’re already working with many government organisations in the UK and Ireland to deliver better services to citizens, more cost-effectively. Take a look at the case studies in our whitepaper Analytics for Government.