Data and Analytics

Our expert data analysts and scientists provide a range of data-related services equipping researchers – both within the Institute and in government, academia and industry – with the evidence required for informed decision-making.

Data underpins everything we do at the Melbourne Institute. The ability to derive meaning from data is an essential component of social and economic research. Data allows us to accurately identify how policy and individual behaviour interact. But to be effective and reliable, data must be treated and stored in the most ethical, rigorous and secure way.

  • End-to-end data analytics

    Members of our data and analytics team are highly skilled and come from a variety of backgrounds spanning industrial and academic research, in the fields of applied economics and social sciences, statistics, engineering, data science and machine learning.

    Our in-house expertise has allowed us to cultivate an innovative data analytics environment at the Institute. Our data and analytics team members support project delivery and enable researchers to derive meaningful insights from multiple sources of data, ranging from survey and administrative data to nontraditional sources. The team also provide technical assistance in data management practice and data storage solutions.

    We have expertise in:

    • Data pre-processing (including cleaning and imputing new variables) for further research analysis
    • Conducting research analysis using a vast selection of analytical tools ranging from descriptive analytics to emerging areas such as machine learning, modelling and predictive analytics
    • Constructing, running and developing surveys, field experiments and randomised control trials
    • The use of data visualisation to create engaging and innovative platforms that effectively communicate research analysis results
    • Collection and monitoring of nontraditional data sources through automation and web scraping.
  • Government-standard data security

    The Melbourne Institute manages a wide range of government, NGO and private sector stakeholders, and home to primary data sources, including:

    We developed the Melbourne Institute Secure Environment (MISE) to provide the highest standards of data protection. It is a purpose-built state-of-the-art facility that complies with Australian Government security conditions, including the Attorney-General’s Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF) and the Australian Signals Directorate’s Information Security Manual (ISM). It allows both remote and offline access while protecting data from unauthorised use.

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Program Coordinator: Dr. Rajeev Samarage

Research staff