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Preemptive GovernmentData-driven public policies help governments shift resources to where they are needed most. Outside analytics experts routinely are engaged to develop predictive algorithms for decision-making. Predictive models, as well as other types of data analysis and visualization, allow the public sector to focus more efforts on prevention rather than reaction and remediation. For example, rather than simply reacting to custodial parents calling in to report they are not receiving child support, a predictive model can alert enforcement officers ahead of time about the noncustodial parents who are likely to go into arrears. This model can allow the agency to address the situation quickly, and possibly even prevent the noncustodial parent from going into arrears in the first place.

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