Identifying policy issues using AI

Artificial intelligence tools, including language models like GPT-3, can assist with issue identification in the context of policymaking by analyzing vast amounts of data and information from diverse sources, including public feedback, research studies, and stakeholder consultations. These tools can help policymakers identify emerging trends, patterns, and potential challenges that may require policy intervention.

Sample AI prompts

What is issue identification in policymaking?

What tools and techniques can be used for issue identification in policy development?

What factors does the government need to consider when deciding whether something is a problem?

List the factors that a government takes into account in deciding what issues make it onto its agenda

Assess the scope and magnitude of the following policy problem: [problem]

Why is assessing the scope and magnitude of an issue important when developing government policies?

Break-down the following policy problem into smaller problems: [policy problem]

What’s the issue attention cycle in policy development?

What’s the first step in policymaking?

What are the emerging trends in [policy area] that could impact society in the next five years?

What are the most significant challenges facing [population group] in [geographic region], and what policy interventions could address these challenges?

What are the key drivers of [problem or issue], and what policy measures could effectively address them?

How this image was created using AI

The following prompt was used with ChatGPT (GPT-3.5):

Suggest some prompts that could be used to generate images illustrating the following: [post text]

One of the prompts suggested by ChatGPT was as follows:

An illustration showing policymakers engaging in a virtual meeting with an AI-powered virtual assistant that provides real-time data, contextual insights, and policy options related to the discussed issue.

This prompt was then used to create an image using Image Creator from Microsoft Bing.