Pcppa 3: Data and Digital Innovation

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

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  • 2 days
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Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy


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Who should attend

Current or aspiring Policy officers, analysts, practitioners who are interested in the areas of data analytics, digital services and economy, technology-related companies, etc.

About the course

The world is going through rapid technological advancements; technology has become an important part of individuals’ lives. Like Singapore, governments around the world have recognised the importance and benefits technology, innovation and data and bring about to their societies economically and socially

In line with the government’s focus on building a Smart Nation, this short programme provides participants with an overview on Singapore’s policymaking journey in tackling the age of disruption and technological change. The programme allows participants understand the implications of digital innovation for businesses and the government, and the roles and policies they can use to handle the digital world.

This is one of three short courses within the Professional Certificate in Public Policy and Administration (PCPPA). Non R&G applicants have to attend all three PCPPA short courses to be given the Professional Certificate.

Programme Format

  • This programme will consist of live online lectures and discussion session.
  • Attendance for all Zoom sessions is compulsory.
  • Maximum class size of 40 people.
  • There will be a reflection exercise to be completed at the end of the course.
  • At the end of this short course, you will be conferred a Certificate of Completion. Upon completion of all 3 PCPPA short courses, you will be conferred a Professional Certificate on top of the Certificate of Completion.


1. Big Data, Digital Disruptions and Public Policy

  • Understand the context of the Digital Revolution in relation to the 3 main revolutions preceding it.
  • Unpack the concept of “Big Data” through learning its key characteristics and understand its potential impact on industries worldwide.
  • Explore the intersections between Digital Transformation and Public Policy, through understanding various governmental roles and appraising their potential responses.
  • Gain key insights from both the lenses of Techno-Optimists and Techno-Pessimists.

2. Promoting and Regulating Digital Disruptions

  • Acquaint yourself with the historical background of the Digital Revolution and how past disruptions have forced mankind to adapt.
  • Unpack what “Digital Disruption” means through identifying its key characteristics, different stages as well as potential benefits and harms that can arise from it.
  • Appraise the impact of various emerging technologies and their influence on different industries.
  • Understand how digital technologies will invariably shape the practice of Public Policy, and the challenge of balancing different policy objectives and stakeholders.
  • Learn key, relevant Design Principles that can be applied to different policy issues.

3. Data Analytics and its Applications

  • Understand what Data Analytics is and its impact on a variety of industries
  • Learn essential tips in the application of Data Analytics, including how to enhance productivity gains

4. AI, Ethics and Public Policy

  • Understand what Artificial Intelligence is and its widespread impact on different industries.
  • Gain insight into key concerns that AI Technology may bring, such as Legal Liability, Privacy and Cybersecurity.
  • Understand what AI Ethics is and the Historical Development of AI Principles
  • Using extensive real-life examples, gain an understanding of International Policy and Ethical Guidelines on AI
  • Explore various ethical concerns with relation to the application AI

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the strategies and policies that have helped the Singapore government develop its Smart Nation Initiatives.
  • Appreciate the context of disruption in society today and examine how innovation in policymaking addresses disruption.
  • Learn the principles of Data Analytics and examine how it can be applied to business problems, policy questions and cases.
  • Examine how digital innovation and technology can be applied to design and create public services.


Reuben Ng

A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Reuben Ng trained as a behavioural scientist at NUS, Oxford and Yale. He spent 16 years in government, consulting, and research. In government, he was in the Prime Minister’s Office driving evidence-based policymaking through data analytics and Singapore's Smart Nation st...

Donald Low

Donald Low is Associate Dean (Research and Executive Education) at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Besides leading the School’s executive education efforts, he also heads its Case Study Unit. His research interests at the School include economics in public policy, inequality and social ...

He Ruimin

Dr He Ruimin is CEO of Entend.ai, a startup that enables users to derive analytical insights and complete process automation tasks using natural language instructions, with clients including hotels, pharmaceutical companies, statutory boards, and start-ups. He is an adjunct Assistant Professor at...

Pcppa 3: Data and Digital Innovation at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

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