Top Scientist discusses big data, social policy

The Prime Minister's chief science advisor has warned of pitfalls in using big data and analytics for social policy development.

But, used properly and effectively alongside other scientific approaches, data could be a game-changing tool for policymaking.

Professor Sir Peter Gluckman has just released the first in a series of discussion papers, as part of a collaboration between New Zealand and the European Commission.

Its goal was to set out to what extent data could be combined with other areas of science to gain useful new insights into what was contributing to poor physical health, mental health and behaviour among Kiwis.

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