Smart Data Analytics for Business and Local Government

Lead Research Organisation: University of Essex
Department Name: Essex Business School

Abstract

The ESRC Data Research Centre for Smart Analytics is a collaborative project between the Universities of Essex (lead partner), East Anglia, and Kent; its objectives are to  provide a facility where Big Data from businesses and local government are structured, stored and matched to produce new (and more granular) information. 



It will develop partnerships across the business and local government sectors to negotiate access to their data and create a wide ranging data resource for social scientific research and  give social scientists, local authorities and businesses a secure point of access to sensitive Big Data and expertise and support in using those data.  The Centre will create methodological advances for the analysis of Big Data as well as an innovative, substantive and inter-disciplinary research programme on smart, sustainable, and inclusive economic growth.



Finally it will provide training and support to new researchers, businesses and local authorities while  setting up a knowledge exchange programme with businesses and local authorities.

 


 

 


Planned Impact

Non-academic beneficiaries of the Centre include a range of organisations and individuals, operating at several levels. The direct impacts on beneficiaries could be rapid. Campaigning organisations and special interest groups can adapt their messaging and strategies quickly. Impacts on policy debates could similarly be rapid, though impacts on policy itself will take longer to filter through the review and revision process. The indirect impacts on society as a whole (via the effect of research influence on policy and practice) will accrue in the long-term.
Key beneficiaries are:
1) Businesses will have access to new data-sets which can improve their decision processes and training activities will build their capacity in Big data analytics to support their decision-making. Research on aspects of firm behaviour and economic growth will be relevant and could have implications for employment, production and location strategies.
2) Business organisations such as the CBI and Institute of Directors will benefit through better understanding their constituents' needs and priorities and how Big data can be used to support business growth.
3) Local government researchers and policy makers will benefit as both data owners and data producers. As data producers, the Centre will help them improve the quality of the data. As data owners, the Centre will show how they can use their data in a novel way and extract new information to support their policy-making processes and service delivery.
4) Local government officers, councillors and the Local Government Association. County, borough and unitary authorities in the UK are responsible for a number of services addressed. The focus on vulnerable people and health and social care as well as housing, education, policing, and the environment are all relevant. We expect considerable impacts on practice in the provision of services within a mixed economy of provision.
5) Government department researchers and policy makers. The Smart Specialisation and Smart Region approach will be of wider relevance across the UK. The methodological developments and substantive research will provide a model of relevance for all areas of the UK. The likely impact is significant as new ways of utilising Big data are developed.
6) Government executive agencies, non-departmental public bodies, parliamentary select committees and quangos. Many will have interests in Big data, and we expect agencies such as e.g. the Food and Environment Research Agency, Low Pay Commission, Homes and Communities Agency, and the Environmental Audit Committee to be beneficiaries of the research.
7) EU policy-makers, the international policy community. Methodological and substantive research will be relevant to other countries and developments around Smart Specialisation. We envisage working with the EU S3 Smart Specialisation Platform and anticipate considerable international impact.
8) NGOs, think tanks, charities and independent research organisations will benefit including for example the New Economics Foundation, the Institute for Public Policy Research, Age UK, the Transport Research Laboratory, the Child Poverty Action Group, and Demos.
9) General public. The general public will benefit through more informed policy-making and an awareness of the benefits Big data provides including public engagement around the re-use of data for social research. Benefit will accrue through the provision of better quality, more efficient services and through new employment or firm level policies for economic growth. We expect findings to be reported in news media and to stimulate public debate.
10) Society as a whole. As the Centre positively influences policy across a range of areas at both regional and national levels, society as a whole will benefit through improved quality of life via improved public health and better social support for vulnerable people, families and children, economic growth and an improved environment.
 
Description We have identifies the causes for underfunding among the SMEs in the East of England and how peer-to-peer lending can be used to this purpose.
Exploitation Route See Impact section.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Financial Services, and Management Consultancy

 
Description We are discussing with the organisations that have sponsored the researchers on how to embed the results into their activities.
First Year Of Impact 2016
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Financial Services, and Management Consultancy
Impact Types Economic

 
Description Big Data Consultation
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description CANCEL ENTRY - Input to Essex Country Council Growth and Infrastructure Plan for Essex
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact xxx
 
Description Input to Essex County Council Growth and Infrastructure Plan for Essex
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact Potential improved accessibility of public services
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/portfolio-item/integrating-spatial-data-sources-to-develop-a-represen...
 
Description Whole Essex information sharing framework
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in advisory committee
 
Description CFOA Integrated Data Research Programme
Amount £13,722 (GBP)
Funding ID UEA R204242 
Organisation Chief Fire Officers Associaton (CFOA) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 10/2016 
End 01/2017
 
Description Capital Underspend
Amount £70,000 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 01/2016 
End 03/2016
 
Description Catalyst
Amount £2,500,000 (GBP)
Organisation Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 01/2016 
End 09/2018
 
Description ESRC STRATEGIC NETWORKS
Amount £70,000 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 01/2016 
End 12/2016
 
Description PVC (research) Infrastructure Fund 2015/16
Amount £25,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Essex 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 08/2015 
End 07/2016
 
Description Regionalising adoption in Yorkshire and Humberside: a research project
Amount £49,937 (GBP)
Funding ID R203645 
Organisation Barnardo's 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 05/2016 
End 04/2017
 
Description UEA ESRC Impact Accelerator Account: Big Data Theme
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/M500525/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 11/2015 
End 03/2018
 
Description Use of Big Health and Actuarial Data for Understanding Longevity and Morbidity Risks
Amount £788,000 (GBP)
Organisation Institute and Faculty of Actuaries 
Sector Learned Society
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK)
Start 05/2016 
End 04/2020
 
Title Essex councils' expenditure greater than £500 F/Y 2014/15 
Description Data was collected from Essex councils' monthly returns made available on each council's web site. Where data was missing it was requested and made available under a Freedom of Information request. It was collated in Excel. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2014 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Not aware of any impact to date 
URL http://www.blgdataresearchcentre.com/#!data-catalogue/c1pkn
 
Title Indices of Deprivation 
Description Indices of deprivation 2010 by local authority down to lower super output area code 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact None yet 
URL http://www.blgdataresearchcentre.com/#!data-catalogue/c1pkn
 
Title Insolvencies in Colchester 
Description Insolvencies in Colchester Borough Council area 2004 - 2013. File type xlsx 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact None yet 
URL http://www.blgdataresearchcentre.com/#!data-catalogue/c1pkn
 
Title Natural England GIS data 
Description Natural England GIS data sets covering: Ancient Woodland, Nature Reserves, Special areas of conservation, SSI Units, Environmental Stewardship, Special Protection Areas, Wetland Ramsar Sites. File type .kml.id.tab.dat.map 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact none yet 
URL http://www.blgdataresearchcentre.com/#!data-catalogue/c1pkn
 
Title Ofcom Broadband data 
Description Postcode level data from 2013 in csv. format 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact none yet 
URL http://www.blgdataresearchcentre.com/#!data-catalogue/c1pkn
 
Description Business Travel Market 
Organisation London Southend Airport
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research team has prepared an overview of the proposed project
Collaborator Contribution None
Impact Project overview has been created
Start Year 2016
 
Description Cambridgeshire Insight 
Organisation Cambridgeshire County Council
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Joint research projects and data sharing.
Collaborator Contribution Data sharing
Impact n/a
Start Year 2015
 
Description Centre of Excellence in Inforamtion Sharing Academic Panel 
Organisation Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution James Cornford is a member of the Centre's Academic Advisory Panel. The Panel has successfully organised an ESRC Seminar Series (Information Sharing In policy and Practice: What else do we have to share when we share information? http://www.ncl.ac.uk/kite/news/esrc_seminars/) and James is working with the Centre to develop a MOOC on Information Sharing. The centre has also facilitated access to a range of other actors including the Chief Fire Officers Association and a number of local authorities.
Collaborator Contribution The Centre has worked to support research bids and to facilitate research access.
Impact None
Start Year 2014
 
Description Collaboration with N. Arranz (UNED) 
Organisation National University of Distance Education
Country Spain, Kingdom of 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Research collaboration includes the study of joint R&D projects, R&D networks, and complexity of technological systems. As a consequence of this collaboration, we are co-authors of numerous papers published in the British Journal of Management, IEEE Transaction Engineering Management, Complexity, Technovation, Emergence: Organization and Complexity, Studies in Higher Education, Technological Forecasting Social Change, International Small Business Journal, Journal Enterprise Information Management and Industry and Higher Education
Collaborator Contribution Conducted numerous researches and publications in collaboration
Impact Arranz, F. Ubierna, M. F. Arroyabe, C. Perez, JC Fdez. de Arroyabe (2016). The effect of tourism education on students' entrepreneurial vocation. Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism. Article published online / DOI:10.1080/15022250.2016.1157035 N. Arranz, F. Ubierna, M. F. Arroyabe, C. Perez, JC.Fdez. de Arroyabe (2016). The effect of curricular and extracurricular activities on university students' entrepreneurial intention and competences. Studies Higher Education. Article published online/ DOI:10.1080/03075079.2015.1130030 N. Arranz, M. F. Arroyabe, JC Fdez. de Arroyabe (2016). Alliance building process as inhibing factor for SME international alliances. British Journal Management 27(3), 497-515. A. Maiz, N. Arranz, JC. Fdez. de Arroyabe (2016) . Factors affecting social interaction on Social Network Sites: The Facebook Case. Journal Enterprise Information Management 29(5), 1-19.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Hoppily 
Organisation Hoppily Ltd
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Analysis of data
Collaborator Contribution Data sharing
Impact None yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description Public Health England Rural Health Working Group 
Organisation Public Health England
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We are members of the Public Health England Rural Health Working group. We attend regular (3 monthly) meetings, either in person or via Skype. We are working with local authority data (mostly via Norfolk County Council) to produce a refined measure of rural deprivation that may be used by Public Health England for service planning.
Collaborator Contribution Provide feedback and facilitate data provision. Will be useful when it comes to impact as there is the potential for the project outputs to be used in public health service planning
Impact Output this far is a prototype measure of rural disadvantage (a statistical index) computed for the county of Norfolk. This is still in development.
Start Year 2015
 
Description SASNet 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Department Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We are providing training and seminars.
Collaborator Contribution Training and seminars.
Impact Series of seminars and training courses both at Essex and in Glasgow.
Start Year 2016
 
Title Genetic programming for symbolic regression 
Description GP-SR is a C++ code that implements symbolic regression via genetic programming for data mining. It runs both sequentially and in parallel. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact The tool has not yet been properly tested. 
 
Title R Package: ESKNN 
Description Ensemble of subset of K-Nearest Neighbours Classifiers for Classification and Class Membership Probability Estimation. A few optimal models are selected in the ensemble from an initially large set of base k-nearest neighbours (KNN) models, generated on subset of features from the training data. A two stage assessment is applied in selection of optimal models for the ensemble in the training function. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact Not aware of any impacts 
URL https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/ESKNN/
 
Title R Package: OTE 
Description Optimal Trees Ensembles for Regression, Classification and Class Membership Probability Estimation. Functions for creating ensembles of optimal trees for regression, classification and class membership probability estimation are given. A few trees are selected from an initial set of trees grown by random forest for the ensemble on the basis of their individual and collective performance. Trees are assessed on out-of-bag data and on an independent training data set for individual and collective performance respectively. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact Not aware of impact. 
URL https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/OTE/index.html
 
Description ITO world 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Follow up meeting to discuss collaboration with ITO world to discuss potential KTP and other knowledge exchange activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Royal Statistical Society, RSS 2016 International Conference , The conference for all statisticians and users of data, 5-8 September 2016, University of Manchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Invited discussion contributed to benchmarking in cluster analysis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.events.rss.org.uk/rss/frontend/reg/thome.csp?pageID=46&eventID=1&traceRedir=2&eventID=1
 
Description 27th European Conference on Operational Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact EURO2015 is the premier European conference for Operational Research and Management Science (ORMS), organised by the European Association of Operational Research Societies in conjunction with the UK OR Society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/event-27th-european-conference-on-operational-research/
 
Description 5th German-Japanese Workshop on Classification, Reisensburg Castle, Guenzburg, Germany, September 11, 2016 - September 13, 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Improved collaborations on data science methods and applications between Japanese, German and European participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://sysbio.uni-ulm.de/ocs/index.php/GJW/GJW16
 
Description A review of 'Empowering the Public Sector: Delving into data analytics' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact A blog post was published on the BLG website written by a member of staff from a council who attended the 'Empowering the Public Sector: Delving into Data Analytics' training course. This blog post related the benefits of such a training event with the real work which is taking place within councils. It will be very useful when promoting future events and was very well received on social media.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/a-review-of-empowering-the-public-sector-delving-into-data-analytics
 
Description ADSC Moonshot 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussion about how Children's services can respond to increasingly constrained resources especially through movement towards predictive/proactive models.n
Raised awareness of the Centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Addressing Access to Finance for SME's 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Encouraged debate on the topic, stimulated questions and discussions

Established new contacts
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.blgdataresearchcentre.com/#!addressing-access-to-finance-issues-for/c765
 
Description Adoption consortium leadership board meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The meeting discussed three projects that UEA researchers propose to carry out for Yorkshire and Humberside adoption consortium. (analysing local authority datasets, following up adoptive families and supporting organisation change).

As a result of this meeting, the projects could be started.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Agenda NI Digital Government 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Data Manager presented to AgendaNI about the work that BLG DRC is currently undertaking
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.digitalgovernment.agendani.com/
 
Description An Overview of Agent Based Modelling 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact BLG arranged and delivered a workshop for the public sector, in which Dr Peter Barbrook-Johnson provided attendees with a basic understanding of agent based modelling, and then allowed attendees to explore the NetLogo modelling software for themselves with several short exercises, to enable them to begin putting their knowledge into practice
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/empowerpublicsector/
 
Description An intermediary understanding of SQL (webinar) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Centre delivered an intermediate level webinar to provide attendees with a further understanding o fSQL.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/intermediarysqlwebinar/
 
Description An introduction to social network analysis 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Dr Marianna Marra delivered a webinar that introduced participants to social network analysis.
This webinar aimed to provide attendees with an introductory understanding of networks' dynamics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/socialnetworkwebinar/
 
Description Analysing and modelling complex big data 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Unknown
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.blgdataresearchcentre.com/#!tedx-at-university-of-essex/cmfj
 
Description BLG DRC Data Research Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact A workshop to bring together the academic researchers and pg students associated with the award. The event encouraged networking and created further opportunities for interdisciplinary research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/event-data-research-day/
 
Description Bespoke training for Essex Police 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact AS a result of promotion of our training courses to the public sector, we were contacted by Head of Intelligence at Essex Police to look at designing bespoke training for their team. Subsequent meetings have resulted in the Centre designing a training course for them to take place in September 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Big Data Analytics Summer School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Several BLG DRC staff and researchers ran sessions at the IADS Summer School, including training on machine learning, R & databases, and Spark
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Big Data Big Questions - a panel discussion 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions and discussion afterwards.

Not aware of any yet.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/event-approaches-to-big-data-climate-change-health-care-and-privacy/
 
Description Big Data Day, U of Kent 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Raising the profile of the Centre. Interest in our Webinars. New social science contacts. Future training opportunities to link with University of Kent.

New research/data collaboration between Centre and Kent researcher.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/event-university-of-kent-big-data-day/
 
Description Big Data Day, University of Kent 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Kent Business School discussed benefits of analytics in social science research for the public sector and SME's.

New contacts made; subscribed to Newsletter. Some participants have since engaged in Centre's Webinars and attended Big Data Summer School at Essex.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Big Data Seminar Services, University of Essex Business School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions from members of the audience.
Raised awareness of the three different ESRC funded Big Data Centres at Essex and their activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Big Data and Business 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions and discussion afterwards.

Not aware of any yet.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/event-big-data-big-business/
 
Description Big Data and Confidentiality 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Workshop stimulated interest in the ESRC Data Research Centre and the importance of confidentiality when dealing with Big Data.

After the workshop, students have contacted us for potential placements and training. A small company wants to know more about Big Data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.blgdataresearchcentre.com/#!big-data-and-confidentiality/c24l8
 
Description Big Data conference: Institute of Analytics and Data Science (IADS) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Pr V Sena and Pr J Coakley presented and overview of the Centre and its work. The presentation raised the profile of the Centre with academic researchers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/event-institute-of-analytics-and-data-science-conference-2015/
 
Description Big Data for Regional Policy Research Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Talk stimulated questions and discussion and established future contacts.

We were asked to develop a collaboration with East of England Brussels office and Oxford Development Institute
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.blgdataresearchcentre.com/#!big-data-for-regional-policy-research/c1qfk
 
Description Big Data in Social and Economic Research Workshop organised by the German Data Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Maria Fasli (Lead of the Methodological Research Stream), was invited to attend and present at the workshop "Big Data in Social and Economic Research" which was organised by the German Data Forum. The aim of the workshop was to bring together a select group of international experts and research stakeholders to exchange experiences with big data research in the social and economic sciences and to explore and discuss existing and future access to big data sources. Prof Fasli used the workshop to raise awareness of and describe the work on her ESRC funded projects as well as describe practices and approaches for obtaining, managing and providing access to socio-economic datasets under the ESRC BLG DRC including highly sensitive datasets and research under the project with the charity Freedom from Torture and the Human Rights Big Data and Technology project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Big Data: good for your health? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions and discussion afterwards.

Not aware of any yet.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/event-big-data-good-for-your-health/
 
Description Big and open data in the care sector in the UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Present finding of research as comparator for ANZSOG Project "Governing Information in Uncharted Waters"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://business.monash.edu/management/research/research-projects/big-and-open-data-governing-informa...
 
Description Big data : the privacy paradox 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A blog post was published on the BLG website written by Project Manager Tom Howard. The blog aimed to explore the issue of privacy in big data and argue that the public may need to do more to protect themselves. This was strong content to share on social media and was interacted with well.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/big-data-the-privacy-paradox
 
Description Big data homecoming lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Part of the 50th year celebrations. Presentation on big data to undergraduate students beginning their studies at the University of Essex.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Big data lecture to Masters students at Brunel 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Big data lecture to Masters students at Brunel
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Business Cafe Networking Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Centre's Outreach and Engagement Coordinator gave a brief talk about the Centre and the services offered.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description CM2000 scoping 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To understand CM2000's service offers and potential for complementary research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Campaign for Social Science Roadshow at University of East Anglia 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact A small stand with promotional materials was held outside the presentation. The presentation covered the work that the Centre does and sparked debate.

Made new contacts within the Campaign for Social Sciences and raised our profile within the University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://campaignforsocialscience.org.uk/roadshows-2/
 
Description Campaign for Social Science Roadshow at University of Essex 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact A small stand with promotional materials was held outside the presentation. The presentation covered the work that the Centre does and sparked debate.

Made new contacts within the Campaign for Social Sciences and raised our profile within the University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://campaignforsocialscience.org.uk/roadshows-2/
 
Description Collaboration with Comms and Engagement at University of Essex 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Big data communications with University of Essex.
Inviting key business and public sector contacts to formal senior level dinner with the VC to raise profile of analytics capability at the University of Essex.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Conference - Randomised trial for public sector 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation on the role of data in facilitating the evaluation of activities in public sector.
New contacts for the BLG DRC were established.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Conference :National Centre for Research Methods 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation on BLG DRC data collection activities and use of alternative forms of data to support policy making.

Director has been invited to give further talks.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Creative Colchester Board present Creative and Digital Industries Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In this workshop Creative Colchester Board aim to determine the skills and support the needs of creative and digital industries in north Essex. Professor Vania Sena presented on the Centre, our research and the services we offer. The workshop encouraged debate and generated leads.

The workshop encouraged debate and generated leads.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/creative-and-digital-industries-workshop/
 
Description Creative Industries 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact V Sena - 19 November 2015
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Data Culture: Why we should all embrace it 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Ric Howe, data strategist from Microsoft visited the new Essex Business School building to speak to students, staff and local businesses about the power of analytics. In a world flooded with data Ric showed the audience how powerful tools like Microsoft's new Power BI can be critical in finding your way through the masses of data that are created every day.

The talk stimulated debate and discussion amongst the audience with the speaker. The event helped to raise the profile of the Centre with staff and students at the University of Essex and with representatives from local businesses.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/event-data-culture-why-we-should-all-embrace-it/
 
Description Data Linkage Techniques (GIS) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Pr Andrew Lovett delivered a workshop for the public sector that gave attendees a brief understanding of GIS and the data linkage techniques that can be used to integrate information from different sources to help address policy questions. The workshop consisted of an introductory talk and a series of practical exercises (using the ArcGIS software) that allowed attendees to put their acquired skills into practice
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/empowerpublicsector
 
Description Data Stream 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Freelance science writer, John Warner, published an articlee on how large and complex data are routinely collected by local government and businesses. Vania Sena and Melanie Wright, ADS, were interviewed about the work that the BLG DRC does and why data analysis benefits society.

Published in Britain in 2016 (2015).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Digging in Data 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact BLG, UBDC and CDRC published a joint article on how analysis of data from local government and businesses can lead to understanding challenges in society and show potential solutions.

Published in Society Now, Spring 2015, Issue 21
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Digging into Data showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Showcasing our latest research and services to participants at the Digging in Data conference. Made a number of new contacts who were interested in the work of the Centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Digital Data and Public Services in the Smart City 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions and discussion afterwards.

Not aware of any yet.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/event-digital-data-and-public-services-in-the-smart-city/
 
Description ECC Information Governance Briefing 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentations about data and information sharing across health in the region including health care commissioners. Led to work with environmental sector and specific GIS project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description EDSC, 7-8 November 2016, Luxembourg, The European Data Science Conference (EDSC) was the inaugural conference of EuADS. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Supported discussions and understanding on data science applications and education in Europe.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.euads.org/edsc/
 
Description EELGA Leading Digital Innovation in Health and Care in Suffolk 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The East of England LGA invited us to exhibit at their event "Leading Digital Innovation in Health and Care in Suffolk." This allowed local authorities and businesses working in the healthcare sector to learn more about the services we offer
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.eelga.gov.uk/events/leading_digital_innovation_in_health/
 
Description ESRC Impact Awards Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact ESRC Impact Awards for outstanding social science research. Raised profile of the Centre and made new contacts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Ealing BC Collaboration and Knowledge Exchange 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Following the LGA Research Day, met with Ealing Council to discuss training and collaboration opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Engagement with large fresh produce supplier to Sainsbury plc - Abbeyview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Application for the first Innovation Voucher with SME's and sharing of business data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Essex County Council catalyst project 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Participation in the .design and development of the Essex CC Risk stratification project. This project has been looking at child school readiness.
BLG DRC Data Manager was also part of the vendor selection process as well as the software evaluation team
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017
 
Description Essex County Fire and Rescue Serice porject identification meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To identify specific activities within ECRFS that would be suited to data research by BLGDRC. Identified several areas and agreed to meet with relevant staff within ECFRS to develop these further.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Essex County Fire and Rescue Service intro meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To identify areas for potential future working with ECFRS
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Essex FRS Home Safety Visits 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussions to investigate the potential to support ECRFS with research around Home Safety Visits.
Raised awareness of the Centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Essex FRS data and effectiveness meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Share information on content within FRS and potential for future research projects. Gained understanding of organisations operating context.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Essex FRS regulation of commercial premises 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discuss potential research into approaches to targeting regulatory activity. Shared information FRS to identify potential data sources.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Essex Natural Capital Asset Check 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Participation in a series of meeting with officials from Essex County Council (led by Deborah Fox, Head of Commissioning, Sustainable Essex: Protection, Essex County Council) and associated NGOs to develop a GIS-based assessment of natural capital in Essex. This initially involved meetings in Colchester and Chelmsford on 27/8/15, 15/9/15 and 26/11/15. Subsequent BLGDRC research has developed a methodology for identifying accessible greenspace that has been tested using existing local authority data for Basildon and is now being expanded into a county-wide dataset that will contribute to the overall assessment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/gis-database-to-be-built-to-assess-the-current-accessible-greenspace-...
 
Description Essex and Suffolk Water networking 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Business engagement to identify collaboration opportunities in this section. Increased increase in how the Centre can help improve their analytics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Europe and International Panel for the East of England LGA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact tbc
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Europe and international panel meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A talk focused on the 'vulnerable people'research stream to raise awareness of the potential of the Centre to help councils analyse their data.

We made a good contact with a 'Senior Manager - Marketing & Communications' at the East of England Local Government Association. The meeting was attended by range of people with influence in their local authority/constituencies, and they could be potential for us to develop partnerships with these agencies in the East of England.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description European Association for Data Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Berthold Lausen was involved as vice president to establish the European Association for Data Science (EuADS)

EuADS was presented at the European Data Forum Luxembourg 2015 http://2015.data-forum.eu/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://euads.org
 
Description European Conference on Data Analysis 2015 (ECDA2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Major international conference in statistics, data science and applications.
Papers presented at the conference are submitted to the Archives of Data Science and will be published in due course.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://ecda2015.com
 
Description Fire Break with Victim Support 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Contribute to planned funding bid for running FireBreak programme around hate crime. Agreement of involvement in research role alongside project delivery if funded. Agreed involvement in potential project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description FireBreak 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Investigate potential to support ECFRS with research around FireBreak.
Identified potential research project. Ongoing involvement in emerging FireBreak package.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description First Data collaboration 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting to discuss potential collaboration and business engagement opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Government Office for Science seminar on the use of advanced analytics 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/parliamentarians
Results and Impact Guided the GO-Science approach to analysis for their Foresight project: Analysing the Challenges and Opportunities of an Ageing Society

The GO-Science team requested further information on our research related to their Foresight project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Government, Policy and Big Data 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions and discussion afterwards.

Not aware of any yet.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/event-government-policy-and-big-data/
 
Description Handling Missing Data Values in Statistical Models 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Stimulated interest

Requests for information
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.blgdataresearchcentre.com/#!handling-missing-data-values/cc0o
 
Description High performance computing and big data conference 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Chairing Big Data stream
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.ukhpc.co.uk/
 
Description How Complex Network Approaches can Benefit Supply Chain Management 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Dr Guven Demirel delivered a Webinar that gave a brief introduction to complex networks approaches that provide insights on the relationships between the supply network structure and the response to disturbances and disruptions. He investigated dynamical as well as structural properties of supply networks and their implications for stability. Managerial implications were discussed with links to particular case studies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/supplychainwebinar/
 
Description IADS: Big Data and Analytics Summer School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A number of researchers and data managers from the Centre taught modules at the Institute for Analytics and Data Science Summer School.

Modules covered were:
Clustering and classification with applications in R with Berthold Lausen
An introduction to data mining with Beatriz de la Iglesia
Agent based modelling for business with Abhijit Sengupta
Machine learning with Mahout with Richard Skeggs
Big data and finance with Neil Kellard

Feedback showed that delegates reported an uplift in their knowledge following attendance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/event-big-data-and-analytics-summer-school-2015/
 
Description IEEE Big Data Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Our researchers delivered a presentation at the IEEE Big Data Conference in the special session on Data Mining to present the findings from their research paper "Event detection from Social Network Streams Using Frequent Pattern Mining with Dynamic Support Values"
The paper was also published in the IEEE Proceedings of the Conference: Alkhamees, N. and Fasli, M. (2016) Event Detection from Social Network Streams Using Frequent Pattern Mining with Dynamic Support Values. In Proceedings of the Special Session in Data Mining, IEEE Big Data Conference, pp. 1670- 1679
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://cci.drexel.edu/bigdata/bigdata2016/SpecialSession.html#SpecialSession1
 
Description Improving Public Service Delivery through Open Data - Inside Government Debate 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/parliamentarians
Results and Impact Professor Maria Fasli chaired a panel discussion held by Inside Government about improving public service delivery through open data. The panel discussion encouraged debate on the panel and in the audience.

The discussion encouraged debate and lead to a number of leads for the Centre
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.insidegovernment.co.uk/event-details/open-data-innovation/458
 
Description Information sharing for Smart places 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Seminar: What kinds of information sharing for what kinds of places.
Activity sparked discussion and developed new relationships leading to new collaborations on academic topics. The audience also reported changed in views, opinions, behavious.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.ncl.ac.uk/kite/esrc_seminars/seminar3.htm
 
Description International Federation of Classification Societies 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact IFCS is the International Federation of Classification Societies which is a federation of learned societies on Data Science, Data Analysis and Statistics.
Berthold Lausen became president elect of the IFCS.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://ifcs.info
 
Description Joint Statistical Meeting DAGstat2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Major conference in statistics, data analysis and applications.
As co-chair of the programme committee, Berthold Lausen contributed to the scientific programme of the conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/485701.html
 
Description Kent County Council Homecare supply / demand analysis 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussed Council's appetite to share data for research into Homecare. Council agreed to provide data for research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description LGA Business Rates investigation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To identify research projects of interest to the LGA
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description LGA Business Rates research design 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Design approach to Business Rate Retention research that would genrate valuable insight for future scheme implementation. Developed broad approach. Identified research that would have particular potential for influencing design of national policy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Launch of IV event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Launched Innovation Vouchers to academics to raise the profile of the voucher scheme and explain potential research funding and data opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Local Area Research & Intelligence Assoc (East) Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/parliamentarians
Results and Impact Led to a further meeting about training that the Centre could offer as well as requests about further participation or involvement.

Established links with LARIA.
Established a link with Suffolk District Council which has resulted in an offer of LG data.
Publicised our training plans.
Web publicity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://laria.org.uk/2015/02/laria-east-jan-2015-event-summary/
 
Description Local Business Presentation (Parkside Mixer) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Centre's Outreach and Engagement Coordinator presented at the University of Essex Buesiness networking event to raise awareness of the services we offer to SME's, including information about our Data Analytics Innovation Vouchers and training programmes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Making sense of big data in the logistics industry (North Essex) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation to representatives from regional logistics companies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Making sense of big data in the logistics industry (South Essex) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Workshop with representative from regional logistics companies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Mapping green infrastructure for ECC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact As part of the Essex Natural Capital Asset BLGDRC researchers worked with Essex County Council staff to create a more consistent and spatially detailed digital map of green infrastructure in Essex. This was done by integrating a number of digital map data sources (e.g. from Ordnance Survey, Natural England and OpenStreetMap) within a Geographical Information System (GIS). The process and results are described in a BLGDRC working paper and have been presented at two workshops with local authority and NGO participants. The data are currently being used by the county council as evidence to support their Growth and Infrastructure Plan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Media coverage with partner Universities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Met with public relations professionals across partner Universities to raise the media profile of the Centre.
Planned potential media activities and news stories across the University partners moving forward.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description NALEP scoping 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Raised awareness of Centre activities and scoped collaboration for potential new projects.

Project identified is to research the benefits that have been obtained by SME's that have engaged with NALEP.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
 
Description NESTA - responsive city engaging communities through data smart governance 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Raised profile of the Centre with key networks.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Norwich City Council 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discusion to identify potential areas for data research with the Council.

Ongoing positive dialogue to identify potential research projects
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description ODI Summit and Awards 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Outreach and Engagement Coordinator attended the ODI Summit in 2016, and networked with ODI staff, professionals from local authorities and SMEs raising awareness of the Centre's services
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description ODI and DEFRA - Agritech conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Communication from central Government and ODI on data policy changes affecting the industry.

Raising the profile of the Centre and gaining new industry contacts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Open innovation versus patent licensing as a model of knowledge creation and product development - comparative dynamics using an agent based model 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Presentation to participants in research and other academic audiences. The purpose was to share information and stimulate thinking. The talk sparked questions and discussions and led to an increased chance of potential collaborations in the future. Requests for further information and participation resulted as well as plans made for future related activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Part of the Crowd 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Pr Jerry Coakley published a news article on the importance of crowd funding for small to medium sized businesses, drawing on research from the Centre's local economic growth stream.

Published in Britain in 2016, November 2015.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Participation in Essex Natural Capital Asset Check 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Andrew Lovett took part in meetings of this working group in May, June and September 2016. The working group has ~ 10 participants from Essex County Council and associated organisations. The June meeting was a larger event involving some 30 stakeholders interested in using the natural capital mapping results. Andrew Lovett gave a presentation on the BLGDRC green infrastructure work as part of this event and the layer was available for the participants to explore on a laptop display.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Policy-making in the Big Data Era: Opportunities and challenges 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Vania Sena will be talking about how local governments can deal with big data.

TBC
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/policy-making-in-the-big-data-era-opportunities-and-challenges/
 
Description Presentation at ESRC BLGDRC and Local Government Association Meeting, 20th November 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation on mapping access to green infrastructure and participation in subsequent break-out workshop. The presentation led to discussion with representatives from several other local authorities who were interested in the work being undertaken with Essex County Council and may be useful contacts for dissemination or additional data in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/can-big-data-improve-your-local-area/
 
Description Presentation of Report on the 100 largest independent companies in Essex at Stock Brook Country Club, Billericay 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation by Grant Thornton (Accountancy firm with specialisation in SMEs) and Birkett Long (Local law firm). Some useful contacts were established with people from both firms for future activities eg Crowdfunding event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation on Business and Local Govt Data Research Centre to Norfolk Commissioning Academy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk generated interest and high level support for sharing data with the ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre

On-going discussions with local commissioners related to the ESRC Business Local Government Data Research Centre
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Presentation on GIS and Isochrones to Centre for Competition Policy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited presentation by Andrew Lovett to CCP research review at UEA explaining the concept of isochrones and how it could be implemented in a GIS to assess proximity of service providers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation on vulnerable people to East of England European Partnership Europe and International Panel 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/parliamentarians
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions and discussion afterwards.

Asked to speak at East of England Directors of Adult Social Care meeting in Peterborough on 3 December 2015.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Presentation to East of England, Institute of Directors 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Jerry Coakley featured on the Essex Institute of Directors flagship event, the Chairman's Christmas Breakfast which followed the format of a Question Time debate with leading economists to answer burning questions about the global economy. -
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/event-professor-jerry-coakley-to-chair-iod-essex-chairmans-christmas-...
 
Description Presentation to Epping Forest Council and SME's 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presented Centre overview and business benefits to SME's and Local Government.

SME (Abbeyview) discussed sharing data with the Centre and asked how the Centre's research expertise could help their business. Following up meeting scheduled January 2016. Potential for DAIV.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Presentation to Essex Maths department 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Data Manager presented to the Essex Maths Department to raise awareness of the Centre and the data services we offer
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation to Virgin Money 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation on the services offered by the Centre to Data Information Architect of Virgin Money as a result of contact made during the Public Lecture series. Discussed potential collaboration between the Centre and Virgin Money particularly with regard to knowledge transfer. They confirmed they would be happy to participate in helping to deliver the training from an industry perspective.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation to Waltham Forest Council analysts. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A presentation on the data services and training offered by the Centre followed by informal skills training to improve the use of data analytics.
New skills were learned. Potential for further training, collaborative research and data sharing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation to the Dept of Mathematical Sciences 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Data Manager presented to the PG;s of Maths Dept at University of Essex to inform them abut the services we officer, particularly our data services.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation to the IADS Big Data seminar series 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Jerry Coakley presented an overview of the services offered by the Centre to academic staff, researchers and students at University of Essex.
Raised the profile of the Centre with potential data service users.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation with UK Trade and Industry 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting to explore how the Centre helps improve financial technology businesses in the region.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Professorial Inaugual Lecture Series: Algorithms from Nature for Practical Optimisation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact The lecture stimulated thought on the subject matter

TBC
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://lakesidetheatre.org.uk/events/pil-lecture-professor-abdellah-salhi/
 
Description Promise Through Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This talk explored issues in Big Data and analytics including implications of the use of technology and Big Data for individuals. It has sparked discussion with colleagues that are interested in the use of data, but from a different perspective and it is envisioned that these discussions will lead to future joint work in this space.


Presenter will be contributing a talk on this topic as part of the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering Christmas Lectures event that is organised every year at the University of Essex for secondary school pupils from across the region.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Public Dialogues #1 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The group engaged in discussions about an area relatively unknown to them. The facilitators, Hopkins Van Mil to produce a report later in the year.

Members of the group went away from the workshop better informed and with a more educated view on how data can be used in research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/news-public-dialogue-3/
 
Description Public Dialogues #2 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The group engaged in discussions about an area relatively unknown to them. The facilitators, Hopkins Van Mil to produce a report later in the year.

Members of the group went away from the workshop better informed and with a more educated view on how data can be used in research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/news-public-dialogue/
 
Description Public Lecture. Big Data, Big Questions: Approaches to Big Data 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This public lecture given by academics at UEA and chaired by the Rt Hon Charles Clarke MP helped to raise the profile of the Centre and encouraged debate and discussion around areas such as privacy, consent and how data is collected and used by academic researchers.

The lecture helped to raise the profile of the Data Research Centre within the local academic, business and public sector audiences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/event-approaches-to-big-data-climate-change-health-care-and-privacy/
 
Description Putting a price on nature: Where should we plant Britain's new forests? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact After the activity the group viewed and discussed their recordings displayed on the big screen. Event over ran allotted time due to considerable discussion and questions.

People picked up a range of leaflets from the stand, including a flier about valuing nature, ESRC material on social science and ESRC magazine Britain In 2014.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.blgdataresearchcentre.com/#!putting-a-price-on-nature/c1vcd
 
Description Putting a price on nature: What does nature do for us? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk sparked some lively debate as some people were still unsure about the monetary approach to values.

Many of the organisations invited, spoke of how this approach could be useful in the work they are doing with local communities. New contacts with external organisations interested in applying the research findings and techniques used in day to day operational activites.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.blgdataresearchcentre.com/#!putting-a-price-on-nature/c1vcd
 
Description RTPI discussions 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Shared information around potential for data research around planning. Gained knowledge of activity in the sector..
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Re-imagining Regeneration in the East: What's Your Vision? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor Vania Sena and Professor Abdel Salhi delivered two workshops to the attendees of the East of England Conference, to demonstrate the benefits of using an Agent Based Model to understand the agents involved in the growth of a High Street
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Regeneration in Coastal Communities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Discussed the differences in economic trends between coastal areas that have performed well and coastal areas that have been less successful. Attendees gained an understanding of strategies that can be used to promote regeneration including targets, policies and proposals..
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/coastalwebinar/
 
Description Regulating Big Data: the view from Brussels 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions and discussion afterwards.

Not aware of any yet.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/event-regulating-big-data-the-view-from-brussels/
 
Description Research Council UK press officer day 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Raising the profile of the Centre with media contacts and other research councils
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Attended the RGS Annual Conference to exhibit the work of the Centre, and to raise awareness of the Centre
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Royal Statistical Event. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Attended event 'Making it easier to use administrative data'. Good networking opportunity, established new contacts across key audiences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Royal Statistical Society, RSS 2016 International Conference , The conference for all statisticians and users of data, 5-8 September 2016, University of Manchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited discussion contributed to benchmarking in cluster analysis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://events.rss.org.uk/rss/frontend/reg/thome.csp?pageID=46&eventID=1&traceRedir=2&eventID=1
 
Description Santander presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation on Understanding and Managing Big Data
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Scrutton Bland Budget Breakfast Meeting - Presentation by Jerry Coakley 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Jerry Coakley gave a short talk on the autumn statement and the implications for SMEs drawing on the research that the Centre is doing. The talk encouraged debate on the panel and with the audience.

TBC
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/scrutton-bland-budget-breakfast/
 
Description Seminar by Professor Diana Kronbort at UEA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact In this seminar Professor Diana Kornbrot from the University of Hertfordshire will consider the application of mixed model analysis to ordinal survey data. The seminar encouraged debate.

None
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/seminar-by-professor-diana-kornbrot/
 
Description Seminar: meta-analysis - past, present and future 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Professor Elena Kulinskaya from UEA presented a seminar to University of Essex staff and students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/event-meta-analysis-past-present-and-future/
 
Description Sheffield Housing Plus evaluation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Contribute to planning of evaluaiton of Sheffield's HousingPlus service. Raised awareness of the Centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Small Business Saturday - What could small businesses learn from data? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact As part of BLGDRC's campaign for Small Business Saturday a press release was prepared and distributed to local media contacts, it was also shared on our website. The press release was titled: "On Small Business Saturday: What could small businesses learn from data?"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/on-small-business-saturday-what-could-small-businesses-learn-from-dat...
 
Description Statistical Week 2016 (September 13-16th, Augsburg, Germany) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Opening plenary panel discussion of the conference. To share information and inform decision making.
Plenary Debate Data Science and Statistics (Martin Goodson, Hans Peter Kriegel, Berthold Lausen, Claus Weihs) contributed to the development of the field data science
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.statistische-woche.de/fileadmin/2016/BookofAbstracts_Augsburg
 
Description Statistical Week 2016, Augsbury, Germany 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Opening plenary panel discussion of the conference.

Plenary Debate Data Science and Statistics (Martin Goodson, Hans Peter Kriegel, Berthold Lausen, Claus Weihs) contributed to the development of the field data science
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.statistische-woche.de/fileadmin/2016/BookofAbstracts_Augsburg.pdf
 
Description Statistics and Data Science in the Digital Age - A new method for data linkage and analysis of linked data 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The seminar was part of the School of Mathematics at the University of East Anglia and the ESRC funded Business and Local Government Data Research Centre cross-faculty seminar series on 'Statistics and Data Science in the Digital Age'. The seminar was given by Professor Harvey Goldstein and he presented a new method for linking two or more data files based on a correspondence analysis algorithm.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.facebook.com/events/198121267279654/
 
Description Statistics and Data Science in the Digital Age - China workshop on big data analysis 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The seminar was part of the School of Mathematics at the University of East Anglia and the ESRC funded Business and Local Government Data Research Centre cross-faculty seminar series on 'Statistics and Data Science in the Digital Age'. Approximately 20 people attended the seminar. The seminar included two presentations by professors from China. The first presentation was on 'adverse drug reaction early warning using user search data' and the second presentation was on 'Achieving mobile social media popularity to enhance firm customer acquisition'. The discussion afterwards focused on the validity of the statistical methods used and suggestions to analyse the data differently.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.uea.ac.uk/computing/news-and-events
 
Description Statistics and Data Science in the Digital Age - Experiments on Strategic Interaction 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The seminar was part of the School of Mathematics at the University of East Anglia and the ESRC funded Business and Local Government Data Research Centre cross-faculty seminar series on 'Statistics and Data Science in the Digital Age'. Approximately 20 people attended the seminar. The seminar was given by Professor Peter G Moffatt (one of the organisers of the seminar series) and he presented an extended model of the 'standard guessing game' on the type of strategic interactions, where there are large numbers of agents, whose success in decision-making depends crucially on the correctness of their beliefs regarding the strategies adopted by other agents.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Statistics and Data Science in the Digital Age - Making sense of big healthcare data - analysing longevity 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The seminar was part of the School of Mathematics at the University of East Anglia and the ESRC funded Business and Local Government Data Research Centre (BLG DRC) cross-faculty seminar series on 'Statistics and Data Science in the Digital Age'. There was a great turn-up of approximately 40 people who were from the school of computing sciences, mathematics, economics, medical school, pharmacy, psychology, and social work. The seminar was given by Lisanne Gitsels, a postdoctoral researcher working for the BLG DRC. The purpose of the talk was to discuss how big healthcare databases are beneficial to research and how to design a cohort study on longevity by making use of routinely collected healthcare data. The presentation lasted for about 25 minutes followed by a discussion for another 25 minutes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.uea.ac.uk/computing/events-and-seminars/-/asset_publisher/Tn5SWp1zkiIz/blog/making-sense-...
 
Description Statistics and Data Science in the Digital Age - Polygenic scores from the UK biobank and social outcomes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The seminar was part of the School of Mathematics at the University of East Anglia and the ESRC funded Business and Local Government Data Research Centre cross-faculty seminar series on 'Statistics and Data Science in the Digital Age'. Approximately 25 people attended the seminar. The seminar was given by Dr David Hugh-Jones and he presented work on how social outcomes can now be usefully predicted with DNA. This stirred up the debate of nature/nurture and what the data on social outcomes actually captures.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Suffolk County Council training workshop ' An introduction to Risk and Predictive Modelling' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact To raise awareness of the university's skills and expertise in the area of predictive modelling and inform the local council how the university could provide support with the various initiatives they were working on
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Supporting Local Authorities through Data Driven Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Business and Local Government (BLG) Data Research Centre joint seminar with the Local Government Association (LGA) brought together researcher and local authority decision makers to understand, explore and define the questions for future research to address local problems.

The seminar introduced the research topics of the Centre followed by presentations from local authority decision makers and a representative from Nesta .

The afternoon session saw attendees split into focus groups that created some lively discussions resulting in informed changes in behaviour and requests for future collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/event-supporting-local-authorities-through-data-driven-solutions/
 
Description TEDx University of Essex, Talk by Professor Vania Sena 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Professor Vania Sena presented a 10 minute talk on using data for the common good. The talk stimulated thought and debate on the different uses of big data.

The talk stimulated thought and debate on the different uses of big data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/event-tedx-university-of-essex/
 
Description TEDx University of Essex, Talk by Richard Skeggs 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Richard Skeggs presented a 10 minute talk on the Internet of Things and why we will always need an analysts. The talk stimulated thought and debate on the different uses of big data.

The talk stimulated thought and debate on the different uses of big data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/event-tedx-university-of-essex/
 
Description TEDx talk to sixth form summer school students 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions on the subject matter and other related topics.

Helped students to formulate their own discussion and give tips for research topics they may have.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Talk Big Data 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Alongside other ESRC funded projects, the BLG arranged and delivered a series of five panel discussions that focused on Big Data and related issues, such as how it can be used in business, privacy issues, how it can benefit research, how it can be used for humanitarian action, and its presence in society. One of the sessions was delivered as part of the Festival of Social Sciences
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/news-events/big-data-big-questions/
 
Description Talk Big Data Event 2 - Big data in business : help or hindrance 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Press release entitled 'What can Big Data do for Businesses?' distributed to local media in order to promote the second Talk Big Data event
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/what-can-big-data-do-for-businesses/
 
Description Talk Big Data Event 3 : Changing lives through big data research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Press release entitled 'How is Big Data research changing lives' to promote third event in Series
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/how-is-big-data-research-changing-lives/
 
Description Talk Big Data event 4 - Big Data, Big Brother 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Press release entitled 'Big Data, Big Brother' was released to publicise the fourth event in the Talk Big Data series
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/how-is-big-data-research-changing-lives/
 
Description Talk Big Data final event - Big Data and Society: Is it a Game Changer? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Press release entitled 'Big Data and Society - Is it a Game Changer' was issued to promote the final event of the Talk Big Data Series
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/big-data-and-society-is-it-a-game-changer/
 
Description Talk Big Data launch - Big Data. Big Questions. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact PR to launch the Talk Big Data lecture series held at the University of Essex. Two small pieces were published in local newspapers. A variation was also sent to specific contacts at local charities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/big-data-big-questions/
 
Description Tendring District Council housing scoping 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To investigate the Council's appetite to work on data research projects with the Centre. Identified two key areas for further investigation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Tendring District Council sheltered housing schemes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discuss potential research into low demand sheltered housing schemes. Agreed broad approach. Council to identify available data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Tendring Enterprise networking event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Raising profile of the Centre and business engagement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Tendring superfast broadband 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BLG DRC responded to an article in the local press about an increase in superfast broadband coverage
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/can-tendrings-superfast-broadband-boost-business/
 
Description The family in the digital economy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions and discussion afterwards

Requests for further information
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Training course - Introduction to Analytics for the Public Sector 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact To improve the data skills of junior analysts in the public sector. Focusing on four key areas, each subject compliments the other areas to give a rounded knowledge of using data analytics in their work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/news/training-webinars/
 
Description Training course - Python and Java 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This one day training course improved the programming skills of academics and non-academics. Focusing on four key areas, attendees gained a rounded knowledge of using Python and Java. Both of the subjects covered included practical sessions and computer workshops.

Attendees gained knowledge and experience of programming languages that are immediately actionable.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/training-introduction-to-java-and-python/
 
Description Transform, Engage, Accelerate 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Jerry's talk encouraged people to visit and interact with those on the stand.

The Centre had a stand at the exhibition that generated a number of leads.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.eelga.gov.uk/events/transform-engage-accelerate/
 
Description Transformation Challenge Award - new generations requirements 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Essex County Council are trying to identify children at risk in the local area by using data from other government organisations
This is pilot scheme. If successful it is planned to roll this out throughout Essex and Suffolk. The Centre is assisting with producing evidence based policy making on child protection.

The Centre is providing ongoing advice on software and hardware requirements and implementation for their risk stratification platform.

As a result of this involvement, the Centre has been named in HEFCe bid as providing services.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
 
Description UK Trade and Investment: Digital Agenda Forum London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions and interest from some members of the devolved authorities.
Enhanced awareness of Big Data in relation to UKTI activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Understanding open source GIS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor Andrew Lovett delivered a webinar that discussed developments in open source GIS, in particular reviewing data and software sources. It included a demonstration of the QGIS software, an increasingly popular GIS software solution.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/osgiswebinar
 
Description Using Big Data to analyse the effect of Business Support on SMEs 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A blog post by Research Fellow Fola Malomo was published on the BLG website as part of the Centre's Small Business Saturday activities. This focussed on a recent research project to analyse the effect of a specific business support mechanism on the performance of SMEs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/using-big-data-to-analyse-the-effect-of-business-support-on-smes
 
Description Webinar: An introduction to R 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr R Calabrese presented a webinar on-line to an international audience covering the software 'R' and its applications. The audience submitted questions and the post-webinar survey recorded an uplift in attendees knowledge.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/webinar-an-introduction-to-r/
 
Description Webinar: Data mining with R 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Richard Skeggs presented a webinar on-line to an international audience covering data mininig in the software R. The audience submitted questions and the post-webinar survey recorded an uplift in attendees knowledge.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/webinar-data-mining-with-r/
 
Description Webinar: Linear and Non-Linear Forecasting using Stata 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Marianna Marra presented a webinar on-line to an international audience covering linear and non-linear forecasting using Stata. The audience submitted questions and the post-webinar survey recorded an uplift in attendees knowledge.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/webinar-linear-and-non-linear-forecasting-using-stata/
 
Description Webinar: The way forward: Simulations for analysing business data 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Dr Abhijit Sengupta presented a webinar on-line to an international audience introducing them to agent based modelling and its applications. The audience submitted questions and the post-webinar survey recorded an uplift in attendees knowledge.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/webinar-simulations-for-analysing-business-data-the-way-forward/
 
Description Whole of Essex information sharing framework (WEISF) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presented Centre services and raised profile across Pan-Essex organisations including police, fire services, borough councils.

The Centre were Invited to a follow up workshop that led to collaboration on a project with ECC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Written contribution to 'Hard Evidence' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Comments from three people to date on the Hard Evidence web site

Replies to one comment appear to result in the commentator better understanding our analysis. Otherwise we are not aware of impact directly attributable to this activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
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