(Evan Hill is from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet)
Representatives from the Departments of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations; Prime Minister and Cabinet; Climate Change and Energy Efficiency; Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education; and Resources, Energy and Tourism as well as the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) met for the first time last Thursday as a steering committee to discuss the potential agenda for the first meeting of a policy visualisation network in late September.
The purpose of the network is to bring policy makers and designers together to explore how the Australian Public Service (APS) can better use visualisation techniques to provide better policy analysis, advice or engagement. Such a network is consistent with the recommendations for the Blueprint for the Reform of Australian Government Administration to build APS policy capability. The APS has a wide range of technical skills in policy visualisation for example, spatial information, data visualisation, info-graphic design, data journalism, etc.
Some examples of info-graphic design include Daily Infographic and Visually and for motion charts the ABS population pyramid, whilst the work of the Recovery Board in the USA tracks the expenditure of some $787bn in economic stimulus funding down to the neighbourhood level.
The network meeting in late September will highlight existing policy visualisation techniques from across individual APS agencies.
If you would like to be part of this network email Evan Hill at Prime Minister and Cabinet.