INCENSE - Influencing Policy and Practice by Stimulating Public Debate about Census Data

Lead Research Organisation: Durham University
Department Name: Education

Abstract

The UK census data will be released progressively from July 2012. There is an existing database of census responses from 1951 onwards. Census data are collected primarily to inform social policy - in particular to allow central and local government, health authorities (and others) to target resources effectively and to be proactive when planning housing, education, health and transport services. Here, we will focus on: the implications of demographic changes in ethnicity; religion; and health problems associated with an ageing population.

This proposal is a collaboration between the Data Visualisation Centre of the Office for National Statistics and the SMART Centre at Durham University. We propose to present census data in mash-ups - interactive displays that comprise multivariate data and commentaries (such as newspaper articles) using displays that have already been created by SMART and the ONS. A key feature of these displays is that users can explore complex data for themselves, and can form their own opinions about the commentaries that are offered, and can contribute insights, analyses and opinions to forums. We will promote the use of these interactive displays by journalists, politicians and citizens in a variety of ways - via the provision of free applications that can be embedded in websites, and circulated electronically, and via personal contacts, workshops, seminars, and press releases.

The research focuses on impact: the extent and nature of the use of these resources, and the consequences of this use. We will track resource use via applications such as Google analytics and hashtags on Twitter, and will analyse impact via counts (website hits, citations in policy documents and newspapers), and in terms of the interpretations made of the data (documenting conceptions, misconceptions, and the use of the same data set to support political arguments across the political spectrum). There is almost no research (outside our group) into ways that multivariate data can be understood by people who are statistically naive. Our research shows that naïve users at school and in colleges (aged 13-18 years) can draw sensible conclusions from multivariate data - and can articulate ideas such as interaction and effect size without formal training. This proposal will explore statistical reasoning by citizens and stakeholders in unconstrained environments.

We expect the research to have major political, theoretical and practical consequences. We anticipate having an impact on the political process by increasing the use of evidence in decision making, and by empowering some lobbyists (notably, the 'data driven journalism' movement). We will contribute to the statistical sophistication of journalists. We anticipate that many voters will be better informed, and better able to understand complex evidence (less directly, we hope to increase public perceptions of the value of social science). We anticipate theoretical insights into the processes of political influence; into the cognitive processes of drawing conclusions from complex evidence (both to understand, and to justify pre-existing beliefs). We anticipate practical consequences in terms of ways to communicate multivariate data better, lessons for some aspects of interface design, and in terms of developing well honed mechanisms to influence policy and practice.

It is almost certain that new media will emerge (c.f. Facebook) as will new ways of attempting to influence government policy (c.f. 38 degrees). We will respond flexibly. The direct involvement of ONS should ensure that research findings are useful beyond the life of the project; we will also work with Getstats, a major 10 year RSS initiative designed to improve the statistical literacy of citizens, and other groups which share the same mission.

Planned Impact

There are a number of direct beneficiaries of the research outputs: policy makers and practitioners; offices of national statistics (and NGOs in general); the ONS itself; journalists; anyone concerned with the public use of evidence; politicians; and citizens.
It is difficult to overstate the importance of the work that is proposed here; increasing the accessibility and comprehensibility of census data, and the way it is used, should make a direct contribution to increasing the effectiveness of public services and policy. Better use of census data (especially the focus here on health and ageing) will enhance the quality of life, and health of many citizens. We expect the project to have an immediate impact that increases over the lifetime of the project, and one that continues well after it has finished.

Beneficiaries
A. Policy makers and practitioners will benefit from this work, because they will be able to interact with census data that is presented in far more detail than it has been in the past, and in ways that make it easy to access and interrogate.

B. National Statistics Offices (and NGOs such as eurostat, OECD and the World Bank) are directly concerned with influencing policy and practice. The next conference of the International Association for Official Statistics is entitled Getting Our Message Across-Strategies and Best Practice to Ensure the use of Statistics in Decision Making (Alan Smith will give an invited address). Professor Ridgway was a joint editor of the recent Statistical Journal of the IAOS issue devoted to statistical literacy). There is interest in the tools we have developed. Communication will be via conference presentations and via papers; JR is an associate editor of SJIAOS; JR and AS regularly present papers at OECD conferences.

C. The ONS will benefit directly; the research will stimulate interest in census data in ways that ONS is not allowed to do, and the study of media influences will be of long term use.

D. Journalists will benefit directly via access to materials, and the via a facility to incorporate displays directly into media. Research on reasoning with multivariate data will be useful in shaping communications (and will be useful for personal professional development). ONS are working directly with some influential journalists (e.g. Mark Easton at the BBC; Conrad Quilty-Harper (Telegraph)); we will extend this network.

E. A number of groups have an explicit brief to improve public understanding of data, and to improve the quality of presentation and debate in the media. The Royal Statistical Society has launched Getstats - a 10 year programme designed to increase statistical literacy - we have an agreement in principle to collaborate with Getstats. Other groups have similar ambitions, such as Straight Statistics and Sense about Science, and we will open discussions with them, once the project is underway.

F. There is a broad interest in stimulating public engagement with evidence (e.g. data.gov.uk and data.gov in the USA) which facilitate data access from a very large number of disparate databases. The research proposed here is directly relevant to this work.

G. Ultimately the public through better use of demographic data. The project is closely aligned with ESRC's aim to inform public policies and helps to make businesses, voluntary bodies and other organisations more effective through a more informed and critical use of census data.
 
Description We created an attractive, fully functioning website that presents data from the 2011 census in a variety of interactive displays (see http://www.smartcensus.org.uk/). Different data sets can be accessed via pull-down menus (e.g. population, ethnicity, religion). The website provides links to other sources of information, such as census methodology, data sets, and variable definitions. There is also a set of case studies (e.g. 'white flight'; constituency data, religion and health in Northern Ireland).
A significant negative result was the poor use of this resource. For example, in the period April to October 2014 there were just 271 sessions which involved 162 users (about 25% of whom were from outside the UK). This failure has important lessons for other approaches to innovation in evidence informed decision making.
First, a data rich website does not, in itself, attract traffic from potential users such as politicians, journalists and citizens. An important lesson is that we need to work directly with data users. Second, the technologies we develop need to be geared to the changing ways in which people use technologies. One example was our use of Macromedia Flash - a programming language not supported by most tablet computers (in particular, ipads and android-based devices). Another was the dependence on desktop technology, not mobile technology. Users are increasingly using mobile devices to access the web, and data interface design needs to take account of this development. A third lesson is the requirement to focus on specific user needs. For example, some groups need us to create (or co-create) stories, rather than to provide data; others need us to create data displays in ways that can be easily incorporated into their websites.
A positive achievement is the variety and strength of the collaborations that have arisen from this work. These include collaborations with academics (and invitations to give keynote talks, and to take on editorial/policy roles in the area of statistics education), and statistics offices. The most significant of these is a collaboration with the House of Commons Library, and with Nomis (who publish all the labour market data for the Office for National Statistics). The purpose of these collaborations is to promote the use of interactive data visualisations in the arena of public policy. Funding has been obtained from the Library, and from the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account.
Exploitation Route Paradoxically, the research WILL be taken forward in ways that offer opportunities to meet and perhaps exceed our original objectives. We have obtained some funding from the House of Commons Library Innovation Fund, and from the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account to create a 'constituency kit' ahead of the 2015 election. Partners will be the House of Commons Library, and Nomis, and we will share resources (such as novel data visualisations) with the Office for National Statistics. This work involves the co-creation of knowledge with the HOCL, designed to shape their use of data visualisations, and (we hope) to change the ways in which data are presented in Briefing Documents, Green Papers etc.. The HOCL communicate directly with MPs, and our work will develop visualisations that work directly with ipads and other mobile devices (as well as desktop machines and android-based devices). We will make use of the House of Commons media department in our communications with journalists, and have begun discussions with other 'influencer' groups, notably Full Fact and The Conversation.
We are also far better prepared to explore the impact of our research, by developing skills within the team related to corpus analysis and web mining.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice,Transport

 
Description Narrative Impact The original proposal was successful in creating interesting interactive displays of census data, but was rather unsuccessful in getting people to use them. A supplementary project set out to remedy this weakness. We have established a collaboration between the House of Commons Library, the School of Education, and the Geography Department, funded by ERSC's Impact Acceleration Account and the Library Innovation fund. The key 'impact' findings are that: the House of Commons Library valued the collaboration, and are keen to continue; a new dynamic data visualisation has been created; a wide variety of groups are making use of the resource; Sections within the Geography Department are keen to develop data visualisations on other topics. Our first product was the Constituency Explorer (and an associated quiz) which presents data on over 150 variables about every constituency in a series of interactive displays. Google Analytics to 16 August 2017 for the project website: http://www.constituencyexplorer.org.uk/ showed 32,500 sessions; 25,700 users; average session 3:33 mins. The data for the period 17 August to 5 March 2018 are 2,049 sessions with 1,605 users, with an average duration of 4.52 mins. All of this data excludes any access from Durham University. ________________________________________ From: BENGER, John Sent: 20 March 2015 23:05 To: CRACKNELL, Richard; RIDGWAY J.E.; MORGAN, Bryn Subject: Re: Commons Library Constituency Explorer It's terrific feedback Richard - and we are going to send it to the press prior to an election briefing next week I believe. I'm delighted you are doing this. John ________________________________________ Richard Cracknell is Head of Social Statistics in the Library; John Benger is his boss. Website and associated launches ESRC website http://www.esrc.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/33962/constituency-explorer-launch.aspx House of Commons website http://www.parliament.uk/business/news/2015/march/parliamentary-constituencies-data-/ Promotion by the House of Commons Library House of Commons Library: Sources of Statistics: file:///C:/Users/NBuser/Downloads/SN04191.pdf House of Commons blog (Second reading http://commonslibraryblog.com/2015/03/20/exploring-parliamentary-constituencies/) House of Commons Library tweet - 418,000 followers Launch event in the House of Commons with circa 100 visitors Searchable in the Parliament 'find data' resource Mentioned in House of commons Library 'Issues facing the New parliament 2015' http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-7189#fullreport Promotion within Durham University Promotion on the website (notably as part of the initiative around the election) Reference in the VC's bulletin Powerpoint running through the Durham meeting for local MPs Individual discussion with Helen Goodman MP Website Links The scope of the variables that can be displayed means that a wide variety of users have picked up the site, and have either embedded the display, or provided links to it. These include sites devoted to politics, social policy, social care, business, the labour market, statistics, data visualisation, and education. These include: UK Political Portfolio website http://www.ukpolitical.info/ConstituencyData.htm Cambridge Public Policy SRI http://www.publicpolicy.cam.ac.uk/policy-and-impact-features/public-policy-impact Floreat Politica http://floreatpolitica.com/resources/ Interactions website: Care work at CSW59 https://storify.com/public/templates/slideshow/index.html?src=//storify.com/Interactions/care-work-at-csw59#37 UK Data Service for teachers and lecturers https://plus.google.com/111338270412207625385/posts/GnfHa9QwGsV Free Data site https://wordpress.com/tag/free-data/ Business statistics https://wordpress.com/tag/business-statistics/ Labour market statistics https://wordpress.com/tag/labour-market-statistics/ Dabbling with Data website https://dabblingwithdata.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/free-data-constituency-explorer-uk-demographics-politics-behaviour/ Full Fact website https://fullfact.org/live/2015/mar/constituency_data_visualisations-40841 Google+ https://plus.google.com/communities/100130513540948862628/stream/43cefd79-2804-4baa-a4d0-7948a0c7226f Links from Swindon's Joint Strategic Needs Assessment webpage http://www.swindonjsna.co.uk/News/View/1041 Summerset LA are rethinking the way they present information to councillors etc. - see https://knowledgehub.local.gov.uk/group/informationgraphicsandvisualisation/forum/-/message_boards/message/15052875 You won't be able to access this until you register, so here is a quote: "One of the inspirations for this thought was the Constituency Explorer site setup in the run up to the elections". The Network Ebulletin 177 http://www.seapn.org.uk/uploads/files/Networkebulletin-no-177.pdf HighBeam (USA) http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-406594832.html Robert Grant's stats blog (a rave review!) https://robertgrantstats.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/uk-election-facts-clarified-with-interactive-graphics/ Media Use The Guardian quote the constituency explorer as a source for their "What the Parties are Offering You" page at: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/ng-interactive/2015/apr/22/election-2015-what-do-the-party-policies-offer-you Jane Elliott [CEO of ESRC] ?@JaneElliott66 Mar 7 Great demo of Constituency Explorer by Jim Ridgway - due out 10 March #Radstats40 According to @adamfleming from BBC @daily_politics our Constituency Explorer quiz http://bit.ly/1NW8PAX is the best of the #GE2015 games Publications and Impact on Academia A number of publications are in print, in press or commissioned. This work was the basis for an application for a successful bid for EU funding.
First Year Of Impact 2013
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice
Impact Types Societal

 
Description House of Commons Library
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact The House of Commons Library have used our data visualisations in presenting days relevant to the 2015 election. The data visualisation has been widely cited and the website has received 5000+ hits We hope that on-going collaborations will lead to better presentation of complex data, and better understanding and use by politicians and citizens.
URL http://www.constituencyexplorer.org.uk/explore/2015_election_results
 
Description ESRC Impact Acceleration Accoiunt
Amount £59,946 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2014 
End 09/2015
 
Description Erasmus+
Amount € 400,286 (EUR)
Funding ID 2015-1-DE01-KA203-002196 
Organisation Erasmus + 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2015 
End 08/2018
 
Description House of Commons innovation Fund
Amount £10,000 (GBP)
Organisation House of Commons 
Department House of Commons Library
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2014 
End 11/2015
 
Title Constituency Explorer website 
Description An interactive display that presents 150+ variables in a graphic display that can be searched by name or map clicks. Users can download data and can embed the display in their own websites. 
Type Of Material Data handling & control 
Year Produced 2015 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Analyses of election results; use in teaching in a variety of contextx 
URL http://www.constituencyexplorer.org.uk/explore/2015_election_results
 
Title ProCivicStat website 
Description This is the website of the ERASMUS+ funded PCS project. It contains extensive links to data and visualisations 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact too early to tell. PCS has been running for just 18 months 
URL http://www.procivicstat.org/
 
Title Smartcensus website 
Description The website allows statistically naive users to explore complex data 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2013 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact there has been rather little impact 
URL http://www.smartcensus.org.uk/
 
Description Full Fact 
Organisation Full Fact
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Full Fact make use of our data visualisations as part of the their fact checking We have done some collaborative writing We have done some secondary analyses of their fact checking (in terms of the nature of the statistical mistakes that are being made) - these are being used as part of their efforts to educate people who make public statements containing claims about data
Collaborator Contribution Time on collaborative writing, and meetings
Impact Conference Paper Ridgway, Arnold, Moy and Ridgway (2106, in press).
Start Year 2013
 
Description House of Commons Library - the Constituency Explorer 
Organisation House of Commons
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We worked closely with the HOCL to create a 'constituency kit' ahead of the 2015 election. The Durham team created data visualisations, a website, and engaged a variety of partners in engagement and dissemination
Collaborator Contribution The HOCL chose the evidence, created PDF documents, engaged with policy makers, and provided routes to wide public engagement via the HOCL media group
Impact The Constituency Kit comprises the Constituency Explorer (150+ variables on every UK constituency) and a smartphone quiz
Start Year 2014
 
Description Kaufmann collaboration 
Organisation Birkbeck, University of London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Professor Kaufmann led an ESRC funded project in partnership with DEMOS, Diversity and the White Working Class in England which linked census data with other datasets. He made use of our data visualisations to communicate the nuanced findings of his research.
Collaborator Contribution They did the data analysis and political / sociological interpretation of the findings.
Impact we have embedded the 'white flight' data visualisation as a case study in our website
Start Year 2013
 
Description NISRA data visualisation 
Organisation Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We have created some sample data visualisations using NI Census data for NISRA.
Collaborator Contribution NISRA staff created a sample video podcast using our data visualisation to provide access to information contained in a local characterisic table (LC2304NI - the proportions of people suffering some long term health or disability by age, sex and religion) which would not normally be readily understandable to the general public through other formats - tables or static graphs.
Impact we have embedded an example NISRA data visualisation as a case study in our website
Start Year 2013
 
Description Nomis data visualisation 
Organisation National Institute for Materials Sciences
Country Japan 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We introduced Nomis to a variety of data visualisations at the time they committed to making use of data visualisations on their websites
Collaborator Contribution Nomis will populate data visualisations from large data sets via their API
Impact Nomis have begun to use data visualisations on their website
Start Year 2013
 
Description ONS shared data visualisations 
Organisation Office for National Statistics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We will be making data visualisations available to ONS that present data at constituency level
Collaborator Contribution We are making use of their open source data visualisations
Impact we have embedded ONS data visualisations in our websites
Start Year 2012
 
Title Constituency Explorer 
Description A map of the UK split into regions, disaggregated by constituencies, with data on 150+ variables. The display can be searched in multiple ways, data can be downloaded, and the display can be embedded in others' websites. Changes in political parties between 2010 and 2105 can be displayed dynamically. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2015 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Press citations, use in teaching in a wide variety of disciplines, extensive website hits. Use (and publicity) by the House of Commons Library. 
URL http://www.constituencyexplorer.org.uk/explore/2015_election_results
 
Description BCME 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact talk sparked questions and discussion afterwards

after the talk participants expressed interest in making use of the materials in their own classrooms
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Conceptual Framework Workshop 
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 There will be 2 workshops at an international conference setting out work we have done creating conceptual frameworks for teaching statistics in a data-rich world
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Conference presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was a paper presented at the the Regional Science Association International Annual Conference, in a session concerned with using census data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.rsai-bis.org/uploads/1/3/4/6/13469404/draft_programme_3-8-2017.pdf
 
Description Data visualisation for Parliamentarians 
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 Interest from attendees and House of Commons Library staff

Further discussions with House of Commons Library staff
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Expert focus group on information needs for the 2015 general election 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Agreement from some key players (BBC, Full Fact, IPSA) for future collaborations

On-going conversations about ways to collaborate in the run-up for the 2015 election
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Keynote Address 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact The event was the keynote address to an international conference on statistics education, where I presented some of the materials developed as part of the ESRC-funded project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.eco.u-szeged.hu/english/research/conferences-workshops/challanges-and-innovations-in-stat...
 
Description MP aides focus group on information needs for the 2015 general election 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact ideas on the key data resources to be used in preparation for the 2015 election

The focus group informed our ideas on the key data sets we need to access
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description NCETM CPD 
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 discussions afterwards

after the talk the NCETM asked for permission to disseminate the materials to teachers who had not been able to attend the meeting in person.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description NISRA seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The talk and interactive displays sparked questions and discussions afterwards.

There are ongoing discussions with NISRA about the possibility of utilising our data visualisations as part of their communication strategy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description POST Research Impact and Parliament Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussions with academics and politicians

none, so far
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Poster at the RSS 
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 A poster was presented about the Constituency Explorer at the annual RSS conference in Manchester
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation at an ESRC SDAI seminar 
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 Research collaboration with Professor Kaufmann's group

New data visualisations; conference presentations and a paper
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://icots.info/9/proceedings/pdfs/ICOTS9_9C1_RIDGWAY.pdf
 
Description Presentations to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact IPSA (i.e. the CEO and Director for Operations) are very interested in using our data visualisations to display data on MP expenses and related things

There are on-going conversations about possible collaborations. We are certain to use ISPA data in the next phase of our research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description RSS Lancaster 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The talk and interactive displays sparked questions and discussions afterwards.

discussions with other presenters about possible collaborations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description RSS Leeds-Bradford 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The talk and interactive displays sparked questions and discussions afterwards.

discussions on possible collaborations and ways of embedding data visualisations within substantive core courses in social sciences i.e. outside of quantitative methods courses
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL https://sites.google.com/site/rssleedsbradford/home/meetingarchive/2013_2014-Session/james-nicholson
 
Description RSS Northern Ireland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The talk and interactive displays sparked questions and discussions afterwards.

A number of staff from The Northern Ireland Statistics Research Agency (NISRA) attended this meeting and subsequently I was invited to give a seminar to NISRA staff at their offices in Belfast.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.statslife.org.uk/members-area/member-news/sections-and-local-group-meeting-reports/1025-n...
 
Description RSS Sig meting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A talk was presented on statistical concepts in dynamic displays to the RSS Computing Section
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2006
 
Description Radstats Conference presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation of the Constituency Explorer at the Redstarts annual conference to an audience of about 40 people
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Researcher Education 
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 Researcher interest in data visualisations, and collaborative work on data visualisation in pharmacy (i.e. NOT related directly to the INCENSE project)


On-going collaborative work in the area of coronary health
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Seminar at the German Open University, Hagan 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The German statistics education group have developed some data visualisations that run on mobile devices. We are exploring possible collaborations

We are having conversations about stimulation media interest in pan-European data sets relevant to EU policy (e.g. migration, health)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Webinar USA statistics lecturers 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The webinar was an introduction to a course for people who lecture on statistics in USA liberal arts colleges. 20 people logged in. The focus of the course is the reform of undergraduate statistics teaching
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Workshop mapping the conceptual knowledge needed to understand statistics about society 
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 60 people (mainly concerned with statistics education) attended a workshop where they engaged with a variety of displays from the media and discussed the conceptual knowledge needed to understand the evidence presented.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://community.dur.ac.uk/procivic.stat/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Berlin_Workshop_Booklet.pdf
 
Description data visualisation workshop at at an international statistics education conference 
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 Interest in our data visualisations, and the identification of potential partners for possible international collaborations

Conference discussions on possible collaborations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014