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The European Commission Health and Consumer Protection Directorate-General (DG SANCO) commissioned RAND Europe to provide support in developing a comprehensive data strategy for DG SANCO that meets the needs of increasingly evidence-based policymaking in the future. This work builds on previous work by RAND Europe conducted for DG SANCO, mapping out international good practice of data management. The work described in this report had two aims: to assess the current data management practices within DG SANCO that relate to the four specific issues identified by DG SANCO: data needs, DG SANCO data sources, key partnerships on data, and data quality; and to develop, on the basis of this review, recommendations for improving DG SANCO's current data management and the definition of DG SANCO's Good Practice Model for Data Strategy. This final report presents the findings of RAND Europe's analysis.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    DG SANCO’s current data practice

  • Chapter Three

    Strengths and weaknesses

  • Chapter Four

    Recommendations and conclusions

  • Appendix A

    Developing top-level indicators for DG SANCO

  • Appendix B

    Success indicators to evaluate the future data strategy

  • Appendix C

    Practical tips — a checklist approach

  • Appendix D

    Interview questionnaire

  • Appendix E

    List of interviewees

  • Appendix F

    Mapping of data sources by directorates and units

  • Appendix G

    Document analysis

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The research in this report was prepared for the European Commission Directorate General for Health and Consumers and conducted by RAND Europe.

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