This article presents findings from local government projects to realise the benefits of big data for policy. Through partic-ipatory action research with two local statutory authorities in the South West of England, we observed the activities ofidentifying, integrating and analysing multiple and diverse forms of data, including large administrative datasets, to gen-erate insights on live policy priorities and inform decision-making. We reveal the significance of both data production andpolicymaking contexts in explaining how big data of this kind can be called upon and enacted in policy processes.
Durrant, H., Barnett, J., & Rempel, E. S. (2018). Realising the Benefits of Integrated Data for Local Policymaking: Rhetoric versus Reality. Politics and Governance, 6(4), 18-28. https://doi.org/10.17645/pag.v6i4.1586