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The Importance of Politics: Who Has Power over the Data and the Decisions?

Here, Eme Owoaje outlines the role of politics in collecting, interpreting, and utilizing data. (Step 3.19)

Eme Owoaje, MBBS, MPhil, FWACP
College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

At the end of this lecture, you are asked to reflect on the same questions that were posed at the beginning of this section on Challenges and Strategies in Data Use:

  1. The importance of incentives: How good is the data?

  2. The promise and limits of technology: How and when can technology improve data?

  3. The importance of politics: Who has power over the data and the decisions?

Review your response to these questions in Introduction to Challenges and Strategies in Data Use. Now that you have completed the lecture, what have you discovered? Did any of your responses align with those you learned in the lecture? Was there any answers to these questions that surprised you to learn about?

Please share your thoughts in the discussion.

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