Data transparency and public behaviour change

October 22, 2020
Data & ID

Data is invaluable to governments in shaping policies and service delivery. But it can be just as useful to the public – giving people the information to make better decisions. And when the spread of coronavirus is decided largely by people’s behaviour, this agenda is particularly important during the pandemic.

For example, providing data on when public transport is least crowded can help spread demand, easing physical distancing. And access to data on consumer behaviour and local economic performance can help businesses to identify opportunities and minimise losses during the pandemic. This Global Government Forum webinar explored some of the ways in which governments can use transparency and data publication to foster positive change in the behaviours of individuals and organisations, improving public wellbeing and economic growth.


  • Webinar chair Siobhan Benita, former UK senior civil servant
  • Sam Roberts, Head of Open Data and Open Government, UK Government Digital Service
  • Paul Brook, Chief Technology Officer for Data Analytics & AI, Dell Technologies