Visual Decision Support for Policy Making: Advancing Policy Analysis with Visualization

Authors: Tobias Ruppert, Jens Dambruch, Michel Krämer, Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research; Tina Balke, University of Surrey; Marco Gavanelli, University of Ferrara; Stefano Bragaglia, Federico Chesani, Michela Milano, University of Bologna; and Jörn Kohlhammer, GRIS, TU Darmstadt & Fraunhofer IGD


Today’s politicians are confronted with new information technologies to tackle complex decision-making problems. In order to make sustainable decisions, a profound analysis of societal problems and possible solutions (policy options) needs to be performed. In this policy-analysis process, different stakeholders are involved. Besides internal direct advisors of the policy makers (policy analysts), external experts from different scientific disciplines can support evidencebased decision making. Despite the alleged importance of scientific advice in the policy-making process, it is observed that scientific results are often not used. In this work, a concept is described that supports the collaboration between scientists and politicians. We propose a science–policy interface that is realized by including information visualization in the policy-analysis process. Therefore, we identify synergy effects between both fields and introduce a
methodology for addressing the current challenges of science–policy interfaces with visualization. Finally, we describe three exemplary case studies carried out in European research projects that instantiate the concept of this approach.


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Ruppert T., Dambruch J., Krämer M., Balke T., Gavanelli M., Bragaglia S., Chesani F., Milano M. & Kohlhammer J. (2015). Visual Decision Support for Policy Making: Advancing Policy Analysis with Visualization. In: M. Janssen, M. A. Wimmer, & A. Deljoo, Policy Practice and Digital Science – Integrating Complex Systems, Social Simulation and Public Administration in Policy Research (Series: Public Administration and Information Technology). Berlin et al: Springer Verlag (to appear)