Data for Policy Online Masterclass

Better data delivers better policy. Understanding how to use data delivers better policy.


Mr David Kalisch

Data for Policy is a half-day interactive online masterclass offered by the Stretton Institute at the University of Adelaide.

Designed to showcase effective use of data for policy purposes, this masterclass will be delivered by David Kalisch, Former Head of the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The Masterclass

In this masterclass, David will canvas policy challenges faced by you, the participant, and together, you will explore what data and data opportunities is available to address these challenges.

David will also share his experience and illustrate with Australian and international examples of how data is used well and where data could be used better to inform decisions.

The masterclass does not assume any statistical skill, nor will statistical techniques be part of the masterclass. This is a masterclass designed specifically to showcase effective use of data for policy purposes.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the Masterclass participants will:

  • Better understand how data can be used to help respond to a wide range of public policy challenges
  • Be familiar with the range of data that is available for policymakers, new data and analytical techniques now available, and key features of effective, quality use of data
The Trainer

David Kalisch has been at the forefront of Australian and international developments with data for the past decade.

David served as the Australian Statistician (Head of the Australian Bureau of Statistics) from 2014 to 2019, and prior to that as Director of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare from 2010 to 2014. During this time, David was instrumental in making more data available for policy, expanded data linkage capabilities in both ABS and AIHW to provide new policy and service delivery insights about the economy and society, grappled with privacy and secrecy concerns, and worked to improve the way in which data is produced and used. 

Prior to this he had long Commonwealth line agency experience of using data, mainly in social policy and economic areas.

Who Should Attend?

Those who work with policy (all levels)


(The masterclass will be conducted via Zoom with the link to be emailed separately upon successful registration)

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