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Risk-based regulation has become somewhat of a buzzword over the past few years as regulatory agencies all over the world endeavor to adopt a risk-based approach. But what does it take for a regulator to truly be “risk-based”? Our latest Ascend article explores this question with insights from regulatory expert Malcolm Sparrow.
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Regulators are the doers of regulation: they establish boards, issue licenses, and ultimately serve the public. But how does it all happen? And what possibilities does the future hold?

Risk-based regulation has become somewhat of a buzzword over the past few years as regulatory agencies all over the world endeavor to adopt a risk-based approach. But what does it take for a regulator to truly be “risk-based”? Our latest Ascend article explores this question with insights from regulatory expert Malcolm Sparrow.
In Part 1 of Paul Leavoy's conversation with Australian doctor, lawyer, and academic Dr. Marie Bismark, they discuss the mental health of practitioners, the common features of sexual misconduct complaints in health care, and the effectiveness of regulatory interventions in cases of sexual misconduct.
Our latest Ascend Magazine Q&A tracks the career of one of health care's most accomplished regulators and takes a look at the concepts that shape the field of health policy overall.
How can people with different roles in the regulatory process harness the power of data virtualization to help with their daily work? We look at this and more in our latest Ascend article.
For as long has information technology has existed, so too have malicious actors seeking to exploit network vulnerabilities to obtain compromising information. In response, organizations worldwide, private and public alike, have created frameworks for cybersecurity compliance. But what do these frameworks look like, exactly? And how do they work for regulators? We look at this and more in our latest Ascend piece.
Today, networks carry more information — and more types of information — than ever before. The ubiquity and cost of network technology has forced U.S. government officials at every level to consider outsourcing its management to the private sector. But what does that implementation look like, exactly? We take a look at this and more in our latest Ascend article.
What do data analytics in action look like? In our latest Ascend article, we take a look at an example of analytics used at the federal level as well as a set of considerations local governments can take when tackling analytics projects of their own.
Multijurisdictional practice has been a subject of debate for licensed professionals in nursing as far back as 1995. One answer to the limitations of single-state licensure in the U.S. has been the development of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). But how did this all start? And how has COVID-19 impacted the progress of multijurisdictional practice throughout the nation?
When some states started regulating marijuana licensure, they might not have anticipated the towering task before them. We examine some of the factors surrounding marijuana licensure that create challenges for both applicants and regulatory agencies.
Government leaders often find themselves analyzing data from multiple discrete sources in their everyday work. In the past, physically integrating this data has proven to be a costly and time-consuming process. Thanks to data virtualization, however, regulators can now access data from many different sources without relocating any of it. Here we look at the basics of data integration as well as different ways governments have adopted the technology.
Machine learning (ML), a subset of artificial intelligence (AI), involves training algorithms with data to the point where they improve themselves independently over time. How can government leaders make use of this technology to further the public interest? Where has ML succeeded in the public sector over the past 20 years?

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BC expands licensure pathway for international doctors: Weekly regulatory news 

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British Columbia expands licensure pathway for internationally educated doctors, Ohio amendment could change the future of social work, proposal to reduce cosmetology licensure hours in Virginia sparks backlash, and more in our weekly look at regulatory news.

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