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This provocation arises from ongoing research exploring why governments have not relied more heavily on great advances in a range of digital tools and visualization techniques which can show the complexity of complex policy and administrative challenges, for the purposes of analysis and advising, engaging the public when debating issues and solutions, and for accountability. Previous research identified three distinct, but overlapping, domains of visual practice, reviewed the respective literature, attended conferences, and met practitioners, and considered how the tools and the resulting visual representations might intersect with the policy-making process. This provocation, based on participation in the 4th Annual International Conference on Visual Methods in Brighton in September 2015, incorporates the realm of Visual Methods as a fourth domain of visual practice. It also brings to the field of Visual Methods questions and observations about the relationship between similarities among the different domains of visual practice, the logic and values behind visual practice, and explores the macro context of visual practice contributions and policy-making.
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