Smart Data Analytics for Business and Local Government

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

Abstract

We are living in an era of Big data with the rapid technological developments in information technologies and communications providing an unprecedented amount of data and new forms of data. Big data is now an integral part of our daily lives and are routinely produced by local government and business. In these settings, data production is just a by-product of the activities local government or business are involved in: most often, this information is collected for a specific purpose but very little use is made of these data-sets beyond the original purpose they were designed for. The challenge is how we can make better use of these types of information to improve our quality of life and foster economic growth. If combined together, these datasets can provide valuable information and insights into how businesses and local authorities work, the ways in which improvements to services can be made or businesses become more successful and efficient in their operation. Big data can provide local authorities and businesses additional information which can help them to design better policies and improve their business operations.

To date, very little data of this type has been available for social scientific research in a systematic way. The aim of the new Smart Data Analytics (SDA) for Business and Local Government research centre is to utilise this explosion of information for social scientific research to answer questions that affect all our lives. For example, in an era of austerity and belt-tightening for local authorities, how can they make best use of limited resources to deliver the highest quality service to residents including across health and social care provision, education, crime reduction, housing and transport? By using data sources collected by local authorities for their administrative purposes we can start to unravel some of these questions and make relevant and timely policy recommendations. We have partnered with three local councils in Kent, Essex and Norfolk who are keen to work with academic researchers to learn from the information they hold to improve their service delivery but at present do not fully utilise. We have also partnered with businesses who wish to understand how we can foster and support economic growth, particularly for small and medium enterprises and start-ups. What are the barriers these businesses face and how can Big data help us understand the best means of overcoming these?

The SDA will establish a secure data facility at the University of Essex where Big data from a variety of sources are stored and matched so to produce new information which can be useful to both local authorities and businesses. At the same time, the facility will give researchers, local authorities and businesses a point of access to Big data and expertise and support in using those data. There are clearly many issues of data privacy and confidentiality to be considered and the Centre will develop safe methods of handling, anonymising and linking data to ensure the confidentiality of businesses and individuals is maintained and respected. The Centre will also carry out research into how Big data can best be analysed as some of the methods used for more standard forms of data such as social surveys may not apply. We have an innovative substantive research programme articulated in a set of research streams designed to focus on key policy issues: (i) Methodological advances in Big Data analysis; (ii) Local economic growth, (iii) Support for vulnerable people; and (iv) the Green Infrastructure. The Centre will also provide training and support to new researchers, businesses and local authorities and engage actively with both businesses and local authorities through tailored knowledge exchange activities which will draw on the expertise built in the Centre. The new Centre promises to be an exciting development that will not only advance knowledge but have a positive impact on our quality of life.

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.

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Coakley J; (2019) Crowdfunding : A Review in Annals of Corporate Governanace

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Kulinskaya E (2018) Contribution to the discussion of "When should meta-analysis avoid making hidden normality assumptions?" in Biometrical journal. Biometrische Zeitschrift

 
Description The Business and Local Government Data Research Centre (BLG DRC) brings together academic expertise from the Universities of Essex (UoE), East Anglia (UEA) and Kent (UoK) to help businesses and local authorities (LAs) use data more effectively, enable better decision making, and support organisations to solve real problems.
The research within the Centre comprises four streams: (i) Local Economic Growth; (ii) Support for Vulnerable People; (iii) Mapping Green Infrastructure; (iv) Methodologies for Analytics and Big Data. Each research stream involves a number of academic and research staff working on a range of projects. Our work under all streams has generated significant new insights and new knowledge. Some indicative examples are provided here:
- Our project on understanding barriers to innovation has shed new light on the challenges of access to finance faced by innovative SMEs. We have identified the causes for underfunding among the SMEs in the East of England and how peer-to-peer lending can be used to this purpose.
- Our methodological research has used advanced statistical methods to analyse a large cohort of people aged 60 and over in the UK based on electronic health records of THIN primary care database. In essence, the study uncovered that the risk of death after a heart attack is lower than previously thought, and more widespread prescription of beta blockers could further improve survival rates.
- Our methodological research has developed novel artificial intelligence based methods to explore and identify patterns in time series using an intrinsic notion of time and not physical time. Such methods look for events of different magnitude and can be used in identifying trends and events in financial data.
- Research under the Supporting Vulnerable People research stream examined issues around the measurement of multiple deprivation in rural areas in England to offer recommendations around how this might be done via the production of a new measure of disadvantage to be used as an alternative to the English Index of Deprivation (IMD). The research resulted in the development of an adaptable model for measuring deprivation and, from this, a composite indicator (UEA-RDI) that may useful in identifying deprived rural areas for the purpose of targeting health and care interventions.
- Our work on green infrastructures has created a new mapping that combines crowdsourced details from OpenStreetMap with Ordnance Survey databases; this is an invaluable resource in supporting planning strategies and assessments of natural capital.
- We have developed new software such as R libraries which have been made available to the wider community.
- our training programme has delivered over 45 training sessions reaching over 1000 participants and has increased their knowledge and skills in a range of topics in data science and analytics techniques.
- We have acquired and made available through the Centre over 400 datasets to the research and broader community of professionals interested in social sciences research.
Exploitation Route There are multiple areas that our findings can be taken forward by others.
- Firstly, the project provides useful insights in issues around providing finance to SMEs. Policy makers at the regional or national level could make use of these insights in creating new policies and vehicles to support SMEs to grow.
- The techniques developed under the methodological stream have applicability in a range of domains. For instance, the natural language processing techniques developed have wider applicability in analyzing customer feedback or other forms of unstructured data emanating from interactions with customers (e-commerce websites, etc).
- Our advanced statistical methods and machine learning methods have applications in the health domain for instance, in analysing clinical trials data or patient related data to uncover hidden patterns.
- our work in mapping green spaces and understanding their use can feed into housing policy, or creating green spaces for the benefit of communities.
- our work in supporting vulnerable people has been providing insights into issues around identifying vulnerable individuals and how these can be supported. With the social care provision coming under pressure due to budget constraints, preventative approaches and interventions that can be put in place after having identified people at risk can make a huge difference to the quality of life and outcomes for individuals and the wider society. Policy makers at the regional or national level can benefit from the results of the research that we have undertaken.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Healthcare

 
Description The work of the Centre and activities have started to deliver socio-economic impact in a number of areas: - Our research on alternative finance models for SMEs has generated insights that are feeding into policy. Prof Coakley has given written evidence to the Treasury Select Committee Inquiry on SME Finance and made two submissions: (i) Equity crowdfunding submission and (ii) Bank lending submission. - BLG DRC ran a public lecture series across the Universities of Essex, East Anglia and Kent. Titled "Big Data, Big Questions", the public lecture series sought to raise awareness of the Centre and the issues surrounding Big Data and analytics across a number of topics including: the environment, policy, society, business, smart cities and data regulation. The public lecture series reached over 750 people across the three regions improving attendees' knowledge of Big Data and associated issues (challenges, opportunities and risks) as well as the visibility of the Centre's research and work. - The Centre issues Data Analytics Innovation Vouchers (DAIVs) to enable stakeholders, businesses and public sector organisations, to access the Centre's academic expertise in Big Data and analytics. These have started to deliver impact on stakeholders. An indicative example is the work with the East Sussex County Council where we provided expertise to model the deterioration processes of pavement systems. We provided algorithms for use by the Council to improve their road/pavement network. This research and subsequent report provided algorithms that can be used by the council to model the deterioration processes of pavement networks and assist in optimising maintenance intervals for pavement networks. The Researcher and Council are now working with a third party software company to utilise the models. - The Centre has been running training courses with a number of stakeholders such as local authorities including: Waltham Forest, London Borough of Islington, Suffolk County Council, Colchester and Ipswich Hospital Trust. Training is designed in discussion with the stakeholder to fit their needs and depending on the workforce's skills. To date, we have run 45 face to face/bespoke training sessions and we have reached over 1000 individuals. Following training, delegates reported an increase in knowledge and our average evaluation score is above 9 out of 10. - Our research into advanced data analytics techniques has formed the basis for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) with a number of stakeholders.
First Year Of Impact 2016
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Financial Services, and Management Consultancy
Impact Types Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Big Data Consultation
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Citation in research paper
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Citation in systematic reviews
 
Description Citation in research paper Andrew Lovett
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Citation in systematic reviews
 
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 MHCLG Committee in Parliament: Inquiry on LG Finance and 2019 spending review (JV)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Survival prospects after acute myocardial infarction in the UK: a matched cohort study 1987-201
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Citation in clinical reviews
URL https://www.magonlinelibrary.com/doi/ref/10.12968/hmed.2017.78.3.128
 
Description Whole Essex information sharing framework
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in advisory committee
 
Description Written evidence accepted for Treasury Select Committee on SME Finance (Jerry Coakley)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/treasury-committee/...
 
Description Written evidence accepted for Treasury Select Committee on SME Finance (Jerry Coakley, Claudia Girardone, Mingchen Sun)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/treasury-committee/...
 
Description 1.0. Stockholm & Cornell Universities Conference on International Studies Travel Grant. (For the 4th Annual Conference on International Studies in the 21st Century), University of Stockholm.
Amount € 300 (EUR)
Organisation Stockholm University 
Sector Academic/University
Country Sweden
Start 06/2018 
End 06/2018
 
Description American Political Science Association (APSA) Travel Grant
Amount $400 (USD)
Organisation American Political Science Association 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United States
Start 08/2018 
End 08/2018
 
Description An investigation of the implementation in England of the first regulatory framework for long-term foster care as a permanence option
Amount £120,548 (GBP)
Organisation Nuffield Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2018 
End 05/2020
 
Description BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant Competition 2016-17
Amount £9,949 (GBP)
Funding ID SG163445 
Organisation The British Academy 
Department British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2017 
End 09/2018
 
Description Business and Local Government Data Research Centre
Amount £1,220,549 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/S007156/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 01/2022
 
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
Start 10/2016 
End 01/2017
 
Description Capital Underspend
Amount £70,000 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 03/2016
 
Description Catalyst
Amount £2,500,000 (GBP)
Organisation Higher Education Funding Council for England 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
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
Start 01/2016 
End 12/2016
 
Description From care, to adoption, to parenting: a two generation study of identity, risk and resilience in adoptive families
Amount £371,615 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/R004145/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2018 
End 11/2020
 
Description Further research has been funded under ESRC IAF at UEA. This aims to accelerate the collaborative research work adult social care and knowledge transfer (UEA and a local authority).
Amount £22,035 (GBP)
Organisation University of East Anglia 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 03/2019
 
Description HEIF Impact Funding and ESRC IAA funding (EK)
Amount £4,000 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2017 
End 07/2018
 
Description Invitation to tender: Research on reunification of children from care
Amount £15,000 (GBP)
Organisation Action For Children 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2020 
End 12/2020
 
Description Islamic Relief
Amount £0 (GBP)
Organisation University of Essex 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2017 
End 12/2018
 
Description Knowledge Transfer Partnership
Amount £144,000 (GBP)
Organisation Hood Group Ltd 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 10/2019
 
Description MSX International - KTP
Amount £147,000 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2017 
End 03/2020
 
Description Mondaq - KTP
Amount £118,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 509967 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2016 
End 12/2019
 
Description Objective Computing - KTP
Amount £98,000 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2017 
End 01/2020
 
Description Orbital Media - KTP
Amount £122,000 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2016 
End 02/2020
 
Description PVC (research) Infrastructure Fund 2015/16
Amount £25,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Essex 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2015 
End 07/2016
 
Description Preqin - KTP
Amount £112,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 511071 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2017 
End 08/2019
 
Description Productivity Insight Network
Amount £0 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 01/2021
 
Description Profusion - KTP
Amount £124,000 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2017 
End 07/2020
 
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
Start 05/2016 
End 04/2017
 
Description UEA ESRC Impact Accelerator Account: Big Data Theme
Amount £683,452 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/M500525/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
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 Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
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 FAME 
Description Financial data on companies 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Not aware 
URL https://fame.bvdinfo.com/version-20171127/Search.QuickSearch.serv?_CID=0&context=325QBXAEOKF8VXJ
 
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 Natural England GIS data (impact update) 
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 
Year Produced 2014 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Essex County Council used the data in support of their regional growth strategy. More recently they have asked about using a newer version of the database to support the development of the green infrastructure strategy for Essex this year. UEA researcher gave a presentation on the green infrastructure work at the GIS Research UK at the University of Leicester in April. A senior staff member from Ordnance Survey was in the audience and this has led to an invitation to give a seminar at OS. This could lead on to other things but it is not clear what these might be yet. 
 
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 A* Research Agency, visit by Prof Fasli 
Organisation Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
Country Singapore 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Prof Fasli, PI and Director of the BLG DRC, visited A* Research Agency in March 2019. Prof Fasli had visited briefly before and at the time a number of areas for collaboration were identified. Prof Fasli delivered a talk and also held meetings with a number of Researchers as well as staff that are working on research and development projects with industry. A brief visit also followed in August 2019 by Prof Fasli.
Collaborator Contribution A number of researchers working in applications of data science techniques and analytics to public policy and socio-economic problems and challenges met with Prof Fasli and discussed their work and opportunities for collaboration or learning from each other's work or conducting parallel studies.
Impact This partnership is multi-disciplinary involving social scientists and computer scientists and practitioners.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Allot Ltd 
Organisation Allot Communications Ltd
Country Israel 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution To work with Allot Ltd to identify the environmental data and information required to support Green finance initiative for financial industries. We want to develop a data platform that can store environmental data and produce information out of it to support Green finance initiative by G20, UNEP and Bank of England.
Collaborator Contribution Data sharing
Impact Ongoing
Start Year 2018
 
Description An investigation of rural-urban food sales in England and Wales. 
Organisation Retail Data Partnership Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Retail Data Partnership is interested in academic collaboration to provide insight into novel methodologies for analysing the data they collect as well as evidencing the benefit of the data from a societal perspective. We will be working with their data to examine rural-urban contrast in food sales in the stores they provide. We will also visit the organisation and run a training session to help upskill their staff in the data analysis methods used.
Collaborator Contribution The Retail Data Partnership are providing point of sale data covering 2,500 stores in England and Wales. They are also providing advice on the interpretation of the data and will assist with the dissemination of project findings via their commercial dissemination network.
Impact In terms of outputs, a peer-reviewed journal article will be produced based on this work. The Retail Data Partnership will also disseminate findings via their network. In terms of outcomes, this research will generate new insights to inform food policy. Researchers at the University of East Anglia plan to visit the Retail Data Partnership to share expertise.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Business Travel Market 
Organisation London Southend Airport
Country United Kingdom 
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 CMA/UEA Care Homes 
Organisation Competition and Markets Authority
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Provided expert opinion on 1) economics of the Care Home market and 2) preliminary analysis of dynamics of the Care Home market.
Collaborator Contribution Set out background to CAM study of the Care Home market, issues to be discussed and exchange of preliminary analysis.
Impact Partnership strengthened and is on-going.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Cambridgeshire County Council 
Organisation Cambridgeshire County Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution To support the redevelopment of the pupil forecasting approach used by the Cambridgeshire County Council for pupil place planning.
Collaborator Contribution Data Sharing
Impact Ongoing
Start Year 2017
 
Description Cambridgeshire Insight 
Organisation Cambridgeshire County Council
Country United Kingdom 
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 
Sector Private 
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 Clinical relevance ofmolecular markers of colorectal cancer 
Organisation University Hospital Magdeburg
Country Germany 
Sector Hospitals 
PI Contribution Pr Berthold Lausen collaboration with Prof/Dr. Roland S. Croner, Klinik fur Allgemein-Viszeral, Gefass und Transplantationschirurgie
Collaborator Contribution unknown
Impact unknown
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration with Essex County Council 
Organisation Essex County Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Collaborating with Essex County Council to provide data analysis and input for the Green Infrastructure Strategy that they are currently developing. The most recent meeting was in Chelmsford on 18th July 2018. The next will be on 28th August 2018. Work undertaken as part of the Green Infrastructure theme is also relevant to a current collaboration with Norfolk County Council to develop a method to value their recreation trails
Collaborator Contribution Provision of data for analysis.
Impact Still active
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration with Essex County Council on Green Essex Strategy 
Organisation Essex County Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution ESRC BLGDRC researchers at UEA used the green infrastructure databases and GIS methods developed during the research programme to undertake additional analyses and produce a report in support of the Green Essex Strategy being developed by Essex County Council. The strategy went out for consultation in May-July 2019 and is now being finalised.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provided guidance on key questions to be addressed and support in obtaining additional data (e.g. on urban development plans within local authorities). They also commented on drafts of the report which helped to ensure that local details were correct.
Impact Apart from the material included in the Green Essex Strategy itself the work attracted attention from Natural England and resulted in a request to submit an Expression of Interest to participate as a trial location for the National Framework of Green Infrastructure Standards. In February 2020 we received confirmation that Natural England would like to include Essex as part of the trial programme and this work will take place between May 2020 and February 2021. BLGDRC researchers at UEA will continue to collaborate with Essex County Council staff as part of the trial workshops and other activities.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Collaboration with N. Arranz (UNED) 
Organisation National University of Distance Education
Country Spain 
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 Collaboration with Xiamen University, China 
Organisation Xiamen University
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Jerry Coakley is collaborating with Dr Zhe Shen of Xiamen University, China and Prof Ana Maria Fuertes Cass on "Media Tone, Investor Demand, and Underpricing in Chinese IPOs." Target journal: Journal of Corporate Finance (ABS 4 ranked).
Collaborator Contribution Dr Shen is providing the data and epertise on the operational details Chinese IPOs.
Impact Target journal: Journal of Corporate Finance (ABS 4 ranked).
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration with York University, Ontario, Canada 
Organisation York University Toronto
Country Canada 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Jerry Coakley and Aris Lazos are collecting data for collaboration with Prof Douglas Cumming, York University, Ontario Canada on a paper on "A secondary market in equity crowdfunded shares". They now have gained access to the Crunchbase dataset and are waiting for Francisco the Seedrs Data Analyst to supply data on their secondary market activities which they plan to make available in the Autumn. Target journal: Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (ABS 4 ranked)
Collaborator Contribution tbc
Impact Not yet
Start Year 2018
 
Description Complementarity in Innovation Protection 
Organisation Intellectual Property Office (IPO)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Cleaning of data; analysis of data; writing of paper for presentation at the Shard in London
Collaborator Contribution Providing of data
Impact Paper: Having a second string to the bow: Patenting and informal protection strategies in the face of technological competition
Start Year 2017
 
Description Data Mapping working group 
Organisation Knowledge Transfer Network
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Imparting dataset knowledge on Local Economic Growth
Collaborator Contribution None
Impact None yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description East Sussex Highways 
Organisation East Sussex County Council
Department East Sussex Highways
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution 1.) To produce algorithms that will track and present trends in asset deterioration. 2.) To analyse and understand the impact and interdependency one highway asset has with another highway asset.
Collaborator Contribution Data Sharing
Impact Ongoing
Start Year 2017
 
Description Essex County Council - Essex Centre for Data Analytics (ECDA) 
Organisation Essex County Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Researchers in the BLG DRC will be working together with analysts in Essex County Council as part of a high level collaboration between Essex County Council, Essex Police and the University of Essex. Researchers will be contributing their socio-economic and data science expertise in formulating projects to tackle challenging problems in the region and subsequently working with analysts in a collaborative way to undertake these projects.
Collaborator Contribution Essex County Council analysts and professionals including policy makers, have domain knowledge and expertise and access to data for the county's citizens. They can help the Researchers in the BLG DRC to interpret findings coming out of analysis and also identify ways that these findings can feed into policy changes or support the ECC's decision making.
Impact The collaboration is multi-disciplinary and involves, social scientists, social care experts, computer scientists and data analysts. We have not got results out of any project yet, hence there are currently on outputs/outcomes to report.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Essex County Council, Lovett and Sunnenberg 
Organisation Essex County Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Providing data and analysis to inform the Essex Green Infrastructure Strategy. Meeting held in Chelmsford on 28th August, phone conferences on 5th September, 13th September and 20th September.
Collaborator Contribution Access to data.
Impact Unknown
Start Year 2018
 
Description GCGP LEP 
Organisation Greater Cambridgeshire and Greater Peterborough LEP
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution To combine many data sources, review and produce visual and numerical data that would enable GCGP policy makers to estimate impact and determine gaps in policy making to guide the development and delivery of future programmes.
Collaborator Contribution Data sharing
Impact Ongoing
Start Year 2017
 
Description George Mason University DataLab Collaboration 
Organisation George Mason University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The BLG DRC and the DataLab based at George Mason University (Washington DC) held a joint workshop to explore the challenges and opportunities of working with the public sector and businesses in relation to data science and analytics and policy making.
Collaborator Contribution A research workshop was held at the DataLab based at George Mason University (Washington DC) and presentations by researchers on both sides were delivered on key work undertaken. The workshop involved researchers coming from social sciences, policy support, computer science and social care. Interactive discussion sessions followed and opportunities for further work were discussed.
Impact This collaboration has led to the BLG DRC being invited by George Mason University and MetroLab to be an Associate Partner in an NSF Network bid, but the outcome of this is not known yet. This is a multi-disciplinary collaboration involving social scientists, policy support researchers, computer scientists and social care researchers.
Start Year 2019
 
Description GoHinGo 
Organisation GoHinGo Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution DAIV awarded to assist GoHinGo in the research, implementation of a database and specific marketing activities to support the growing business.
Collaborator Contribution Access to data
Impact Ongoing
Start Year 2018
 
Description Hoppily 
Organisation Hoppily Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Analysis of data
Collaborator Contribution Data sharing
Impact None yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description IBM/UEA Workshops on Transforming Social Care 
Organisation IBM
Department IBM UK Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Contributed to identification of personas and business problems to work on with IBM to identify solutions to aid transforming social care.
Collaborator Contribution Led workshops and steered discussions towards next steps.
Impact Partnership strengthened and is on-going.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Innovation and Copycat behaviour in equity crowdfunding & A secondary market in equity crowdfunded shares 
Organisation Florida Atlantic University
Department School of Urban and Regional Planning
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Jerry Coakley and Aris Lazos are collaborating with Prof Douglas Cumming, Florida Atlantic University on two papers on "Innovation and copycat behaviour in equity crowdfunding" and "A secondary market in equity crowdfunded shares". We have a dataset 2011-2018 for the first paper and this is in progress. Seedrs stated in Autumn 2018 that they need more time for this market to develop before they would agree to releasing the data.
Collaborator Contribution Prof Cumming's contribution is his theoretical expertise since he is one of the world's leading authorities on equity crowfunding.
Impact Target journals: Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (ABS 4 ranked); Journal of Corporate Finance (ABS 4 ranked).
Start Year 2018
 
Description NALEP 
Organisation Local Enterprise Partnerships
Department New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Report to show NALEP how the growing business fund grant has contributed (or not) to the growth and success of the businesses which have applied for the grant, looking in particular at: • GVA • productivity • increase in staff • increase in turnover/profitability
Collaborator Contribution Data Sharing
Impact Ongoing
Start Year 2017
 
Description Norwich City Council 
Organisation Norwich City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We have worked with Norwich City Council to identify data and to create a data sharing agreement. We have done preliminary analysis which had led to questions about this data and requirement for further data which was obtained after meeting with the concil. We are now in the process of creating an analysis and will meet with Norwich City Council to present this preliminary findings at the end of March (TBA) and to decide on next steps.
Collaborator Contribution Norwich City Council The UEA have partnered with Norwich City Council to analyse routine administrative data that the latter collect for the purpose of informing their practice in supporting new council tenants.
Impact Presentation at LARIA conference at UEA, 6th December 2017. It is intended that this work will result in a report for the council that will inform its practice and in a research paper in a peer reviewed publication
Start Year 2016
 
Description Poplar HARCA data analysis 
Organisation Poplar HARCA
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Working with Poplar HARCA to scope out projects of interest
Collaborator Contribution Collaborating to identify projects that would provide beneficial insights to the organisation
Impact Work in progress
Start Year 2017
 
Description Project with Centrepoint 
Organisation Centrepoint
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We have developed a methodology to address missing data
Collaborator Contribution Technical support to the research. Supplied data.
Impact Report published in September 2017 - prediction model for imputation of missing values of youth homelessness provided by the local authorities in England.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Public Health England Rural Health Working Group 
Organisation Public Health England
Country United Kingdom 
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 Research project with Cambridge City Council 
Organisation Cambridge City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Worked on the information systems procedures used by Cambs CC.
Collaborator Contribution Provided the data to conduct the analysis
Impact Not yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description Rural Health 
Organisation Public Health England
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The UEA team have worked in collaboration with Public Health England to develop a Rural Deprivation Index. This has been an ongoing consultative project through which the index has been developed, with a PHE formed group (the Rural TC) acting as a sounding board, offering comment and advice. The PHE lead for this project as also organised to speaking events at which UEA staff have presented.
Collaborator Contribution UEA have done most of the development and analysis work for this project, PHE have acted as advisory partners, but have also helped raise awareness of the work and disseminate it through two speaking events, and by making reference to UEA in a publication that was subsequently widely reported in the press.
Impact UEA staff have presented this work four times in the last year (reported elsewhere) - at the IMGS conference in France, two PHE conferences and at the LARIA event on 6th December organised by UEA. PHE have publicised their work on rural health https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/18/rural-deprivation-and-ill-health-in-england-in-danger-of-being-overlooked Within their report have mentioned the UEA https://www.local.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/1.39_Health%20in%20rural%20areas_WEB.pdf (p4) A paper has been submitted to a special issue of 'Social Science and Medicine' (submitted 31st Jan 2018)
Start Year 2016
 
Description SASNet 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Department Urban Big Data Centre
Country United Kingdom 
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
 
Description SPACES 
Organisation East Sussex County Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution A feasibility study to identify the data required to enable development of a robust business case for Shared SPACES including recommendation for the best way to collect it
Collaborator Contribution Data sharing
Impact Ongoing
Start Year 2017
 
Description Signpost 2 Grow 
Organisation Signpost 2 Grow
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution DAIV awarded to assist Signpost 2 Grow on a specific research project
Collaborator Contribution Access to data
Impact Ongoing
Start Year 2018
 
Description Sustainability of home care services in Kent 
Organisation Kent County Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Provide regression analysis of data to assess the reasons for demand and supply of home care at a local area level
Collaborator Contribution Provided data and input on the goals of the project.
Impact None
Start Year 2017
 
Description The Red Balloon Family Foundation 
Organisation The Red Balloon Family Foundation
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution DAIV awarded to evaluate their MiChoice and MiLife programmes
Collaborator Contribution Access to Data
Impact Ongoing
Start Year 2018
 
Description UNUM 
Organisation Unum in the UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution DAIV application to provide exploratory analysis leading to a potential KTP. To explore big data to identify real time triggers for employers choosing to provide incapacity protection insurance for their employees (eg. Company employee health problems, new HR director or policies).
Collaborator Contribution Access to data; regular meetings to discuss aims and objectives.
Impact Unum were provided with a report which provided them with the ability to undertake "Web Scraping" techniques and "Entity Name" recognition, using Python and Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques. 3 defined cases were created enabling a combination of information to be concatenated e.g. Company Name + Post Code + Job Title including the associated LinkedIn profile. The proof of concept enabled Unum to extract the results into a CSV file and then to analyse the scraped data and subsequently import into their Enterprise CRM. The new found efficiency gains together with the market intelligence data will enable the company to harvest the targeted information to build future mailings and stakeholder intelligence mappings of existing and new markets alike. Unum have expressed an interest to work collaboratively with ESRC BLG DRC to help and improve the accuracy of the exploratory analysis and to extended the functionality in understanding how Unum might want to grow or change their current system and processes.
Start Year 2018
 
Description United Nations Operations and Crisis Centre (UNOCC) 
Organisation United Nations (UN)
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Our contribution is to use our expertise in statistics and machine learning prediction to analyse this data and help the UNOCC to develop greater early warning capabilities. The UNOCC currently lacks the analytical capability to analyse fine-grained mission report data, but is seeking to build capabilities in data analysis in the age of "big data".
Collaborator Contribution We have been given access to the Situational Awareness and Geospatial (SAGE) dataset for the Central African Republic, which complies in-the-field reports from peacekeepers, local partners and informants.
Impact None yet
Start Year 2018
 
Description University of East Anglia /University of Manchester collaboration 
Organisation University of Manchester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution My organisation (University of East Anglia) is providing subject specialist knowledge around children in care to support the analysis of administrative data about children in care. We are working on two projects together. A project exploring children in long-term foster care, and the project children who leave care to return home. We have previously worked together on the secondary analysis of survey data, resulting in one publication
Collaborator Contribution Partners at the University of Manchester are providing expertise in analysing large and complex datasets.
Impact Neil, E., Morciano, M., Young, J. & Hartley, L. (2020) Exploring links between early adversities and later outcomes for children adopted from care: implications for planning post adoption support. Developmental Child Welfare (Due to be published March 2020)
Start Year 2019
 
Description West Midlands Combined Authorities 
Organisation West Midlands Combined Authority
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Strategic Assessment Review and associated training programme
Collaborator Contribution Strategic Assessment Review and associated training programme
Impact Ongoing
Start Year 2017
 
Description Which? 
Organisation Which?
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Which? and DRC to work collaboratively to identify opportunities for new research findings from DRC's longitudinal CQC care homes database. For DRC pass on their expertise in compiling CQC longitudinal data to Which?, so Which? will be able to generate similar outputs independently. This relationship came out of a webinar that Prof Ruth Hancock presented on the supporting vulnerable people stream.
Collaborator Contribution Which? and DRC to work collaboratively to identify opportunities for new research findings from DRC's longitudinal CQC care homes database.. Which?'s use of DRC processing methods and analysis of resulting data to serve as a form of quality assurance for DRC.
Impact Ongoing.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Workshop on care market research 
Organisation Care Quality Commission (CQC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Initiated and helped to organise workshop, presented work in progress, led discussion on data gaps and next steps for research.
Collaborator Contribution Provided venue (Department of Health), helped identify contacts in participating organisations, presented research, updated us on data developments.
Impact Agreed to keep working together.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Workshop on care market research 
Organisation Competition and Markets Authority
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Initiated and helped to organise workshop, presented work in progress, led discussion on data gaps and next steps for research.
Collaborator Contribution Provided venue (Department of Health), helped identify contacts in participating organisations, presented research, updated us on data developments.
Impact Agreed to keep working together.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Workshop on care market research 
Organisation Curtin University
Department Department of Health
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Initiated and helped to organise workshop, presented work in progress, led discussion on data gaps and next steps for research.
Collaborator Contribution Provided venue (Department of Health), helped identify contacts in participating organisations, presented research, updated us on data developments.
Impact Agreed to keep working together.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Workshop on care market research 
Organisation London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Initiated and helped to organise workshop, presented work in progress, led discussion on data gaps and next steps for research.
Collaborator Contribution Provided venue (Department of Health), helped identify contacts in participating organisations, presented research, updated us on data developments.
Impact Agreed to keep working together.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Workshop on care market research 
Organisation National Audit Office
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Initiated and helped to organise workshop, presented work in progress, led discussion on data gaps and next steps for research.
Collaborator Contribution Provided venue (Department of Health), helped identify contacts in participating organisations, presented research, updated us on data developments.
Impact Agreed to keep working together.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Workshop on care market research 
Organisation University of Birmingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Initiated and helped to organise workshop, presented work in progress, led discussion on data gaps and next steps for research.
Collaborator Contribution Provided venue (Department of Health), helped identify contacts in participating organisations, presented research, updated us on data developments.
Impact Agreed to keep working together.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Workshop on care market research 
Organisation University of Essex
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Initiated and helped to organise workshop, presented work in progress, led discussion on data gaps and next steps for research.
Collaborator Contribution Provided venue (Department of Health), helped identify contacts in participating organisations, presented research, updated us on data developments.
Impact Agreed to keep working together.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Workshop on care market research 
Organisation University of Kent
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Initiated and helped to organise workshop, presented work in progress, led discussion on data gaps and next steps for research.
Collaborator Contribution Provided venue (Department of Health), helped identify contacts in participating organisations, presented research, updated us on data developments.
Impact Agreed to keep working together.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Workshop on care market research 
Organisation University of Lincoln
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Initiated and helped to organise workshop, presented work in progress, led discussion on data gaps and next steps for research.
Collaborator Contribution Provided venue (Department of Health), helped identify contacts in participating organisations, presented research, updated us on data developments.
Impact Agreed to keep working together.
Start Year 2017
 
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
 
Title confinterpret 
Description An R package for interpreting confidence intervals 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Software was accepted for publication on CRAN, the official repository of R packages. As at March 2018, the package has been downloaded over 3400 times (Source: https://cranlogs.r-pkg.org/badges/grand-total/confinterpret 
URL https://cran.r-project.org/package=confinterpret
 
Description Analysing the market for care homes for older people using Care Quality Commission and other data 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Following this webinar delivered by Pr Ruth Hancock, she was contacted by a statistician from Which who was interested in collaboration using a DAIV.
Discussions with a representative from Laing Buisson with regard to collaboration.
Several follow up meetings have taken place.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/webinar-analysing-the-market-for-care-homes-for-older-people-using-ca...
 
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 Midlands and East - Rural Health Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation at Public Health England Rural Health Conference at which there were 90 attendees including policy makers, commissioners, health practitioners and charities. There was an opportunity for questions, and to network. The plan is that UEA will produce a report / article on the work presented that will be available to those present, slides of the presentation will also be distributed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.events.england.nhs.uk/events/2713/rural-health-conference
 
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 "Market concentration, supply, quality and prices paid by Local Authorities in the English care home market" presented at the International Health Economics Association (iHEA) World Congress special, organised session on "Long-Term Care Financing and Markets". 
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 In many countries there has been an increased reliance on market mechanisms in the governance of LTC. I discussed the impact of conditions favouring high market concentration on supply, price and quality in the residential and nursing home markets. Focusing on the English case, I discussed the role of large for-profit corporate providers in determining the underlying competitive environment in which operate multiple buyers - the public local commissioners (that negotiate contracts with providers on behalf of residents whom they fund following a means test of their income and wealth), and (a large number of) self-funded individuals who have been excluded by the means test. Results enable to extract relevant policy messages on factors that may promote or inhibit an adequate supply of care home places at affordable costs and sufficient quality. The presentation followed a series of questions and a round table where internationally-relevant LTC issues were discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.healtheconomics.org/page/2019Program
 
Description 'Machine Learning Ensemble Methods and Applications' -seminar with speaker Dr. Wenjia Wang, in the cross-faculty seminar series on "Statistics and data Science in the Digital Age", 
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 This seminar covered: Basic concepts and methods of machine learning ensemble; factors influencing ensemble performance; methods of multi-media data classification, feature selection, clustering, and prediction; and some applications on big data, e.g. hybrid expert ensemble for validating bird observations in a citizen science project, heterogeneous ensemble for hip replacement failure prediction, active learning ensemble for seabed habitats classification, and identification of fake comments on the internet.

Students and staff at UEA formed the main cohort for this seminar, which was open to public. Question and answer session highlighted the impact of the data source from this project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.uea.ac.uk/computing/news-and-events/seminars/-/asset_publisher/a9l6p5FXwXPI/blog/machine...
 
Description 1st International Social Prescribing Network Research Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented a poster and networked with range of conference participants.
Raised awareness of Centre and project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.socialprescribingnetwork.com/resources
 
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 27th Micromechanics and Microsystems Europe Workshop (MME 2016) CORK Speaker: A. Fearne 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Food industry manufacturers and logistics attended, along with academics. 30/08/2016. UCCork (29 - 31/08/2018)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.uccconferencing.ie/product/27th-micromechanics-and-microsystems-europe-workshop-mme-2016/
 
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 6th Crowdinvesting Symposium - Blockchain and Initial Coin Offerings, Munich 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This symposium included world experts in the field. An increase in interest was reported compared to the event in the previous year highlighting the growth of crowd investing as a new way of financing small and young firms.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ip.mpg.de/fileadmin/ipmpg/content/aktuelles/Program_CI_Symposium_2018.pdf
 
Description 6th Crowdinvesting Symposium on Blockchain and Initial Coin Offerings 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference at Max Planck Institute on July 20, 2018 in Munich, Germany. The conference was organised by an international crowdfunding expert Prof Lars Hornuf. Leading experts from all over the world participated such as Prof David Yermack from NYU Stern School of Business. Aris Lazos presented invited poster session (full paper was not ready by submission deadline) on "Follow-on Equity Crowdfunding in the UK"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description 6th Japanese-German Symposium on Classification 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 6th Japanese-German Symposium on Classification was held on August 11th and 12th, 2017 at Tama University, Shinagawa satellite Campus in Tokyo, Japan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
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 AI and Health Conference at Institution of Engineering Technology 
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 B de la Iglesia was invited as a panel member for this conference organised by Future Intelligence in association with the IET and the global legal practice Cooley which represents Microsoft, Google, Elon Musk Nvidia and many other technology companies.

Following this event Beatriz gave a recorded radio interview to Peter Warren, one of the organisers, for Future Intelligence.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Academic Researcher visitor from the University of The Witwatersrand Johannesburg 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This was a reciprocal visit from an academic researcher hosted by Professor Jerry Coakley CO-I of the Local Economic Growth Stream, who with other colleagues from The Essex Business School visited the University of The Witwatersrand Johannesburg.

Having visited, the academic researcher was interest to hear more about the ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre and as the Project Manager, I was invited to meet and to discuss the project.

From the discussion there is an opportunity for further academic collaboration beyond Essex Business School to work with the BLG DRC Research Fellows on both fundamental as well as applied research and for the BLG DRC to act as a "authoritative body of knowledge" to potentially extend the impact of the grant funding onto the international stage.

We also discussed the Outreach and Engagement activities of the BLG DRC and the resultant impact that this was having in the public, private and charity sectors by Exploring Data; Enhancing Knowledge and Empowering Society. To this end our guest was given an information pack containing copies of our BLG DRC branded booklets.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Active Essex Network Event - 1 March 2019 
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 was invited to present at Active Network on research, data analytics and opportunities to collaborate.

This annual event brought together over 80 council funded organisations, charities, NHS organisations and private sector companies with an invested interest in health/wellbeing. As well as senior leaders from the council, strategic partners included Public Health England and operational leads.

This year's event focused on the impact of physical activity on mental health. As well as formal presentations, the agenda included networking opportunities which allowed the centre to form new contacts.

The presentation delivered by the centre was well received, generating a lot of interest. All delegates received handouts and a follow up email.
A number of the CEOs including CVS Basildon have already contacted the centre to follow up on the information discussed in order to book a consultation and register attendance at the Centre Showcase and Celebration Event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Support: Learning from adoptive families' experiences - CormBAAF Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Practitioners and policymakers formed the main cohort for this conference in London. Question, answer and debate session highlighted the impact of the data source from this project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://corambaaf.org.uk/events/adoption-support-learning-adoptive-families-experiences-corambaaf-co...
 
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 Agribusiness Seminar: ..The farming industry .. (under) pressure to diversify.. (is) developing innovative ways to sell their produce.. Andrew Fearne leads the "Who Buys My Food" project which uses data from supermarket loyalty cards to help food and drink producers to make better marketing decisions, a prerequisite for the success of any new business. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact In these uncertain times, all involved with the farming industry are aware of the pressure to diversify. For many farmers and landowners this may involve developing innovative ways to sell their produce - whether directly to the public, through farm shops, or via supermarkets. Andrew Fearne leads the "Who Buys My Food" project which uses data from supermarket loyalty cards to help food and drink producers to make better marketing decisions, a prerequisite for the success of any new business. H
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.mills-reeve.com/agribusiness-seminar-05-23-2018/
 
Description An Introduction to Python 
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 Course summary: Python is an interpreted high-level programming language for general-purpose programming. Python has a design philosophy that emphasizes code readability, and a syntax that allows programmers to express concepts in fewer lines of code, notably using significant whitespace. It provides constructs that enable clear programming on both small and large scales.

This course will introduce you to Python. The course will cover the basic structure and overview of the programming language and the data types that you will be able to use within the language.

Course Outcomes: In this one day course delegates will learn about programming possibilities using Python. Starting with a one hour seminar the day will continue with two hands-on exercise sessions enabling you to apply the tools and techniques. The day will end with a 15-30 minute brainstorming session and discussion to help you think about applying what you have learnt to your own work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/pythontrainingubdc/
 
Description An Introduction to R - Session Two 
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 Delegates from Colchester and Ipswich Hospital undertook 2.5 hours of training to introduce them to the basics of R and R Studio.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description An Introduction to R Session One 
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 Delegates from Colchester and Ipswich Hospital undertook 2.5 hours of training to introduce them to the basics of R and R Studio.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description An Introduction to Statistical Modelling with R 
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 Delegates from Colchester and Ipswich Hospital undertook 2.5 hours of training to introduce them to a number of statistical modelling techniques within R
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 Agent Based Modelling as part of BLG DRC Summer School 
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 ABM
In this session Dr Peter Barbrook-Johnson, from the Policy Studies Institute at the University of Westminster, and Dr Kavin Narasimhan, from the University of Surrey, 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 lab exercises, to enable them to begin putting their knowledge into practice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/blgsummerschool2017/
 
Description An introduction to QGIS as part of BLG DRC Summer School 
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 In this session, Professor Andrew Lovett gave attendees a brief understanding of GIS and an introductory demonstration of the QGIS software. The workshop consisted of an introductory talk and a series of practical lab exercises (using the QGIS software) that allowed attendees to put their acquired skills into practice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/blgsummerschool2017/
 
Description An introduction to Social Network Analysis as part of BLG DRC Summer School 
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 session, Dr Marianna Marra gave attendees an introduction to Social Network Analysis (SNA). She presented theoretical and practical issues relevant for the analysis of social relationships between people, organisations and technology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/blgsummerschool2017/
 
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 Andrew Fearne: East of England Farming Conference : Fit for the Future 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact To highlight potential for the use of Big data for Agri-Food business collaborations in the Eastern England area, with UEA. Reporting consumer behaviour motivations and changes/ catalysts to purchasing patterns. Using advanced data analytic processes highlights the potential to identify new, innovative agri-food opportunities; provide business sector profiling; and, encourage value added product focus. 1/11/2018. AND https://www.facebook.com/events/1630721207050629/ AND https://www.facebook.com/eoeagriculturalsociety/photos/a.130897773596722/2252665118086633/?type=3&theater
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Andrew Fearne: Managing product availability in core stores: A case study of Lacka Foods and Tesco. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Speaker Austria: 2018- 8th February. Paper presented at conference. Used to inform audience on supply chain management and products availability in stores.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.fooddynamics.org/data/Program_Igls_2018_020218.pdf
 
Description Andrew Fearne: Norfolk Farming Conference: Defining the Future. Consumer Trends (New) markets and routes thereto and conclusions 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Reporting consumer behaviour motivations: ethical, social/cultural, technical and financial influences on food and drink purchasing patterns in UK. Emphasising sustainable competitive advantage as key; and to recognise the paradigm shift in the food production chain. Seek and nurture collaborations with food stakeholders, invest in increasing efficiency and understanding specific food markets. The latter can be driven using advanced data analytic processes to identify potential innovations in agri-food industries, and to provide business focus. 7/2/2019. AND https://theafgroup.co.uk/blog/farming/norfolk-farming-conference-2019:-defining-the-future AND https://www.edp24.co.uk/business/farming/norfolk-farming-conference-2019-consumer-trends-provenance-1-5884845?utm_medium=Social_Icon&utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=in_article_social_icons
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.norfolkfarmingconference.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Andrew-Fearne.pdf
 
Description Andrew Fearne: The relationship between intentions and behaviour. The challenges of behavioural change. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact To highlight potential for the use of Big data for Agri-Food business collaborations with UEA; with the aim of exploring consumer behaviour motivations and to augment change to purchasing patterns. Using advanced data analytic processes highlights the potential to identify new, innovative agri-food opportunities, and to provide business focus. Seeking training assistance from UEA in the use of big data is also encouraged. 28/09/2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk/conference/conference-programme
 
Description Andrew Fearne: Turning Data into Decisions in AgriFood (Knowledge Transfer conference KT London, Science and Technology Forum RSCHEM) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 22/11/2017. Knowledge Transfer conference KT London, Science and Technology Forum RSCHEM. To highlight potential for innovation and positive impact on business by engaging and embracing Big data (IOT) to Agri-Food business and collaboration potential with academics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.rsc.org/events/detail/29060/Turning%20Data%20into%20Decisions%20in%20AgriFood
 
Description Andrew Fearne: 'Range rationalisation and implications for SMEs: Insights from Tesco's project reset.' IGLS. 13th International European Forum (Igls-Forum*) on System Dynamics and Innovation in Food Networks, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Customer loyalty and other consumer and producer derived data was analysed in order to explore the relationships between specific SMEs' products and consumer buying behaviour. The results indicated opportunities to identify product concentration; growth areas, and waning trends. Ie. food product range rationalisation. However, other risks to producers may then become apparent. 19/2/2019. ALSO: http://neoh.onehealthglobal.net/our-events/13th-international-european-forum-igls-forum-on-system-dynamics-and-innovation-in-food-networks/ AND http://www.fooddynamics.org/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.fooddynamics.org/program/Program_Igls_2019_draft_110219.pdf
 
Description Andrew Fearne: IGLS Food dynamics: The rise and fall of carbon labelling: A case study of Tesco's experience and lessons for Corporate Social Responsibility communication. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Claire May, Andrew Fearne, UK at Innsbruck, Austria 16th February 2017. http://eprints.lincoln.ac.uk/30579/
Food industry attended, along with schools and academics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.fooddynamics.org/fooddynamics2017/program/program.html
 
Description Andrew Fearne: SEMINAR - Sales Effectiveness of SMEs in the Food & Drink sector 
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 SME's from UK were interested in this seminar at Napier, Edinburgh; along with academics. It sparked renewed interest for SME's in obtaining data to refine business growth areas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.napier.ac.uk/about-us/our-schools/the-business-school/centre-for-sales-and-business-deve...
 
Description Andrew Fearne: Speaker Marlow: Chartered Institute of Marketing. SMEs Food and Drink embracing Big Data? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Small Food and Drink industries attended -gaining knowledge on Big Data and its uses in SME's. 29/09/2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Andrew Fearne: Speaker at AIMS -Association Independent Meat Suppliers Annual Conference, Leeds 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 28/10/2017. Food industry manufacturers and logistics attended, along with academics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/aims-conference-2017-tickets-36271952386#
 
Description Andrew Fearne: The Role of Government agencies in connecting research in UK and Irish Business Schools with the competitiveness of Irish businesses. 
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 30/08/2017. Roundtable discussion with Professor Andrew Fearne (Norwich Business School) at QUB N. Ireland. Food industry attended, along with schools and academics. Question and Answer session sparked debate.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://iamireland.ie/annual-conference/2017-annual-conference-queen-s-university-belfast/annual-con...
 
Description Andrew Fearne: WEBINAR - SMEs in the Food & Drink sector using Big Data 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 15/11/2016 : SME's from UK were interested in this webinar, along with academics. It sparked renewed interest for SME's in obtaining data to refine business growth areas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.uea.ac.uk/whobuysmyfood/webinars
 
Description Applied Health Research workshop on "Social Care - Strengths and Opportunities"  
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 60 people attended a session which sparked questions and discussions - an increase in interest was reported.

The purpose of this workshop was to identify opportunities for bringing people together to share their research activity on social care and to collaborate on large, interdisciplinary research applications. My presentation sparked questions and discussions on the policy implication of presented finding. A great interest was reported in the analysis of the care home market, in particular on the identification of the local, contextual, market factors which help or hinder Local Authority activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Assessing Regional Green Infrastructure 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Amii Harwood spoke at the BLG DRC Conference held in London in November 2019. There was a q&a session afterwards during which requests for further information/participation were received.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEIwnC6uccw
 
Description BEST Growth Hub Referral: Norman Knights Ltd 
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 BEST Growth Hub referral. Sent follow up email on 11.11.19 introducing the Centre and the DAIVs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BLG DRC Conference Day One Panel Discussion 
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 At the close of Day One of the BLG DRC conference, a panel discussion took place with practitioners and policymakers. The panel comprised representatives from Norfolk County Council, Essex county Council and UNUM as well as the BLG DRC PI.
The discussions focussed on Local Economic Growth and Green Infrastructure.
The audience asked a number of questions and contributed to the discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fbwL1QX-xU
 
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 BLG DRC Parliamentary Reception 
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 Maria Fasli presented : Drawing Insights from Data for Policy and Decision Support.
There followed a Networking Event with speakers to publicise the ongoing work of the BLG DRC.
Following the event, representatives contacted the Centre with regard to future collaboration e.g. A representative from Harrow council made contact with a view to using their data in relation to high street regeneration work in collaboration with their 'Intelligence Network'.
Chief Constable of Essex Police has requested a meeting to discuss arranging a Challenge Lab.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.policyconnect.org.uk/appgda/news/ersc-business-and-local-government-data-research-centre...
 
Description BLG 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 What Works? Processes and techniques for evaluating the effectiveness of interventions - In this session, Jim Vine, Researcher at the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre, provided attendees with an understanding of the concepts that are most important when intending to establish whether particular interventions are effective. Attendees reported a better understanding of the techniques and there were discussions after the session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/blgsummerschool2017/
 
Description BLG e-newsletter 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 10 publications per annum to inform about latest news from the Centre including research, events, webinars,seminars, training opportunities, etc. Publicity results in event attendance, training enrolments. Increased awareness of Data Analytics Innovation Vouchers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://mailchi.mp/03e2244ffb89/3s09a5i53b-2659849?e=bb424b543c
 
Description BLOG - As care provides cannot afford to accept council contracts, BLGDRC considers how data analytics could help to address the challenge 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Blog post responding to news story on care provider contract cancellations and
bankruptcies. Aiming to engage with relevant local authorities and care providers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/as-care-providers-cant-afford-to-accept-council-contracts-blgdrc-cons...
 
Description Becoming a Data Driven Organisation, Presentation to Norfolk Data Science network, Aviva, Norwich 
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 number of contacts have been made following the presentation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.meetup.com/Data-Science-Norfolk/
 
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 Best Growth Hub Presentation - 7th January 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Centre was invited to present to the Best Growth Hub team on how businesses can benefit from working with the centre to optimize data analysis and research to support local economic growth.

A formal presentation was delivered to 10 members of the Best Growth Hub who included business consultants and organisation leaders who work directly to support SMEs and startups. The session was well received and included a Q&A from members. Information packs were given along with resources for the attendees to distribute within their networks.

As a result, several DAIV referrals were received from the Best Growth Hub team, we were invited to present at a national meeting in London and have been invited to host a seminar designed to assist the Hub in helping businesses improve the take up of modern technologies that improve productivity (e.g. cloud computing, data analytics, CRM, automation/machine learning etc.).

The presentation also led to discussions around how Best Growth Hub themselves could benefit from the DAIV scheme in order to optimize stakeholder engagement and/or conduct impact analysis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Best Growth Hub Regional Show - 7th February 2019 
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 Organised by the Best Growth Hub, this event brought together all business support organisations operating across Essex to showcase their offer to businesses. The event was aimed at all size businesses including SMEs and national corporations.

The Centre was invited to hold an information stand which was an opportunity to promote the DAIV scheme, training and events. the day was also an opportunity to network with attendees and other stand holders, exchanging details and discussing future collaboration. Organisations included:
Chelmsford City Council
Uttlesford District Council
South East Business Boost
BEST Growth Hub
Invest Essex
Brentwood Borough Council
Haven Gateway Partnership
Manufacturing and Growth Programme
Better Business For All - Essex Regulators
Inspire - USP College
Essex Compliance Consultancy
NWES
Anglia Ruskin University
The Hive
Department for International Trade
Intellectual Property Office
South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP)
Department for Work and Pensions (Jobcentre Plus)
Social Enterprise East of England (SEEE)
Basildon Borough Council
Southend Adult Community College
Chelmsford College
Tendring District Council
Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)
Visit Essex
SECCADS
ACL
Rochford District Council
LoCASE
Colchester Institute
Maldon District Council
Essex Chambers of Commerce
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
Institute of Directors - Essex Branch
Finance East
Thurrock Council
Essex International
Superfast Essex
Enterprise Europe Network
Colchester Ultra Ready for Business
Keep+
Braintree District Council
Castle Point Borough Council
Colchester Business Enterprise Agency - COLBEA
ACAS
Community Impact Partnership (CIP)
MedBIC
Essex County Council Sustainable Travel Planning Team

As a direct result of attending the event, the Centre was able to obtain in excess of 50 new contacts who signed up to receive further information. All of whom received a follow up email.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Can...Enhance the Environment 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Big Data is playing a large part in the areas of green infrastructure; agriculture; waste management; renewable energy; amongst others, and much work is being done in these areas. On Thursday 28 September 2017, our expert panel from academia, government and industry presented at the University of Kent on their views and experiences on how Big Data is enhancing the Environment. The audience were very engaged, and the discussions sparked interesting questions from the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/event-big-data-can-enhance-the-environment/
 
Description Big Data Can...Evolve Business 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Panel discussion with academics and a business leader to debate how data is shaping business. Professor Jerry Coakley, Essex Business School, Dr Shaomin Wu, Kent Business School and Craig Evans, Development Manager at Graydons spoke about how big data can be used to assist SMEs, be instrumental in business based research and how it is applied in a real world situation. Attendees listened to presentations before engaging in discussions with the speakers about how data can be used by and is shaping business.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/event-big-data-can-evolve-business/
 
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 Finance: A Paper Discussion 
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, Professor Jerry Coakley, and Mingchen Sun presented their papers relating to Big Data and Finance, which sparked questions from the audience. This discussion was Chaired by Professor Vania Sena.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2017
URL http://www1.essex.ac.uk/ebs/news_and_seminars/efic-conference.aspx
 
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, ESRC BLG DRC), 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. Professor 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 intended purpose was to promote public awareness of the dichotomy between the public's fear of Big Data about themselves being released, and their apparent willingness to tell the world everything about themselves on Social Media, while highlighting the risks of careless use of Social Media.
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 Black History Month presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 80 school children attended a presentation on science and Black History months. There were discussions after the session with requests for further involvement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Business Biscotti Networking 
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 Attended networking event to showcase the services of the Centre and to publicise the upcoming Breakfast Event on Alternative Finance for SME's.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
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 CCP 13th Annual Conference, Just Markets: Distributional Effects of Competition Policy and Economic Regulation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation at a conference. Title of paper 'Collective Purchasing as Means for Social Ends'; Based on joint work with Ruth Hancock, Ferran Espuny Pujol and Marcello Morciano
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://competitionpolicy.ac.uk/events/annual-conferences
 
Description CHAPS Mens Health consultation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact On 7th October 2019, the centre untook a consultation with Celine of CHAPs Mens Health.

Following the Data Consultation Clinic in 2019 with charity CEO Chris Booth, the charity attended the two workshops/events on Data Driven Marketing and Impact Assessment in August and September 2019. These were very well received and resulted in growing interest in the work of the Centre.

The consultation built on this, offer data advise on how best to combine data for marketing and booking purposes as well as demonstrating impact of prostate cancer screening.

Celine expressed an interest in future training. In particular: social media, coding, website, marketing, fundraising data and CRMs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 CRCF 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact One of our researchers presented data analyses to understand the pathways out of care for children in one local authority. This stirred up a debate and request for further information was made. The discussion was helpful for the paper that our research group is intending to write on this topic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CUSUM-type methods aimed at catching deviating performance 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact EK presented her research to an audience of academics and students. There was a lively discussion and question session after the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/event-cusum-type-methods-aimed-at-catching-deviating-performance/
 
Description Cambridgeshire County 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 Conversation around Council's data processing challenges, especially in relation to pupil forecasting.
Raised awareness of Centre.
Agreed to investigate potential to support Council, possibly via DAIV (Data Analytics Innovation Voucher).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
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 Caring for Communities and People 
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 BLG staff and CCP colleagues met with the CMA to discuss issues arising from the current Care Homes Market Study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Centre Showcase and Celebration 
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 Professor Maria Fasli spoke about the Centre and its work during the past five years and shared information on new opportunities launching in April 2019.

Bill Mansfield presented on UNUM's collaboration with the Centre under the Data Analytic Innovation Voucher (DAIV) scheme.

Delegates had the opportunity to meet with academic researchers and experts in the field of data analytics and explore potential collaborations. There was also the opportunity to speak with organisations who have benefitted from working with the Centre.
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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/centre-showcase-and-celebration-accessing-data-unlocking-your-potenti...
 
Description Centre Showcase and Celebration Event 
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 The Centre Showcase and Celebration Event was an afternoon drinks and canapé reception to celebrate the work of the Centre to date and to share new opportunities launching in April 2019.

This high profile reception was a unique chance for regional leaders from across the worlds of business, public and voluntary sector to find out more about the Centre's grant funded research and data analytics projects as well as the training we provide.

We were joined by partners who have already received grant-funded training, research and consultations through our Data Analytics Innovation Voucher programme as well as new partners and stakeholders who are yet to take advantage of the services we offer.

In attendance were a number of academics from across a range of departments, senior figures from local and national charities, councils, NHS organisations and local businesses.

Over 80 people attended the event with positive feedback being received from all. Following the event, several meetings have already been arranged to build on the discussions during the event. This includes potential DAIVs, future partnerships and events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia - 18th October 2019. Seminar title: "Promotions in Alcohol Sales: Lessons from the Scottish Experiment" 
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 Around 20 people attended the session were the working version of the paper (same title) has been presented by my co-author Farasat A.S. Bokhari. The presentation and referee's discussion sparked questions and highlights area of improvements. We are taking methodological comments on board to be embedded in the final version of the paper to be submitted in a peer-reviewed journal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Challenge Lab with Southend Borough Council 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In this Challenge Lab academics and BLG staff met with Southend Borough Council to explore various issues and identify potential research projects. A number of research projects were identified and two were chosen to proceed with.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Challenge Lab: My Home Life workshop with charity board members and academic lead 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The ESRC BLG DRC facilitated a workshop with My Home Life (a regional charity) to explore the potential areas of collaboration and data research opportunities.

The session included promoting the DAIV as a mechanism to enable a research project as well as scoping the current data held by the organisation, gaps in organisation's data gathering process and the opportunity to create a more robust tracking process moving forward to measure impact.

In attendance was Dr Gina Yannitell Reinhardt (Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer Programme Evaluation Director, Catalyst Project Department of Government, University of Essex) who lead discussions on her recommendations and ideas for measuring the impact of the charity's interventions.

Feedback from all delegates was very positive. As a result the DAIV application form was completed and shared with the academic who has formally expressed an interest in the project. The Centre is also looking to offer training for their staff to upskill them on data analytics and reporting once the new process has been formulated (post-DAIV).

My Home Life is one part of a national organisation, with regional charities existing across the UK. there is the potential for the resulting work of the DAIV and/or training to be shared as best practice.

The involvement of the academic lead for the Catalyst Project also widened our engagement with the academic sector and was used as an opportunity to promote the annual conference and further collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Chelmsford Showcase for Local Business 
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 Now in its tenth annual Showcase for Business took place at Hylands Estate, Chelmsford on Wednesday 14 November. It was well attended with around two hundred people from businesses across Chelmsford and the surrounding areas as well as councils, government departments and charities. Also in attendance were a number of business consultants (such as HSBC and Santander) and groups such as Chamber of Commerce.

The free-to-attend event provided business insights, support and advice, on a range topics.

There were motivating seminars and informative workshops, as well as over 50 stands to visit in the exhibition area.

The event was widely publicised and captured through social media and council publications both during and following the day.

The ESRC BLG DRC not only had a well attended information stand (where we distributed literature and material), but actively attended all exhibition stands within the arena to promote the grant funded research opportunities offered by the Centre and to exchange contact details.

All new contacts received a follow up email and/or call to discuss opportunities to collaborate.

As a result of the networking session, we increased our opted-in B2B contact list by over 30 and increased attendance at our conference on 27-28th November 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Cheltenham Borough Council Challenge Lab - 23rd January 2019 
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 Centre facilitated a challenge lab/consultation with the strategic council leaders working across key departments responsible for the council's transformation project.
The objective of the consultation was to bring together the ESCR Business and Local Government Research Centre's researchers and members of the council to explore how data can be used in the context of their organisation.

The session focused on the key priorities for Cheltenham Borough Council, and allowed the team to identify gaps in existing intelligence as well as data collection methods.
Providing an overview of data analytics and opportunities could be developed into research projects that would lead to real-world interventions.

Two areas identified by the council are:
- Behavioural Analytics
- Nudge Technique

However, the session was also an opportunity to explore all areas of data analytics and research aligned to the council's strategic vision.
Following the Challenge Lab, the Centre provided follow up information to support the council in bringing one or more (depending on the feasibility) research projects to fruition. The council has also referred other councils located in their region as well as other public sector bodies, thus raising awareness of and the profile of the Centre.

The consultation also allowed the researcher from the Centre to recommend relevant approaches to data analysis based on best practice to date.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Chess Homeless Challenge Lab/DAIV Consultation - 11th January 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The Centre facilitated a challenge lab/consultation with Chess Homeless and senior lecturer James Cornford. The session was designed to bring together one of the ESRC Business and Local Government Research Centre's researchers and members of the charity to explore how data can be used in the context of their organisation.

The session focused on the key priorities for Chess Homeless, and allowed the team to identify gaps in existing intelligence as well as data collection methods.

Providing an overview of data analytics and opportunities allows the group to explore how one or more area could be developed into research projects that would lead to real-world interventions.

Attendees included the board director as well as operational lead and project manager for impact analysis/reporting.

Attendees completed feedback forms which reported the session was useful in identifying how best to collaborate with the centre through the DAIV scheme. All delegates rated the session as 'excellent' across all scoring criteria, with an average score of 9.5/10.

As a result of the session, the charity plans to submit a DAIV application to secure post-transitional funding and has registered to attend several events planned by the centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Colchester Borough Council Consultation 4th February 2019 
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 The Centre facilitated a consultation with Colchester Borough Council strategic leads including: Improvement & Engagement Manager and the Director for the workstream responsible for tackling declining health indicators for its population by conducting a research project.

The project will be led by the council on behalf of the Alliance (a system wide collaboration of partners).

A positive meeting resulted in a full brief for the research and data analytics project being drafted by the council and shared with the Alliance (including the Centre). Following approval for their members, the Centre is now looking to work across departments to draw together the optimal mix academic expertise in order to deliver the brief. This meeting has cemented the Centre as a 'go-to' for data analytics and research as well as elevated our reputation as a delivery partner to conduct data analytics and research.

A follow up meeting is due in April to discuss next steps. We are also exploring the potential for student placements.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Colchester Borough Council Homes 
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 Met with representative of CBH to discuss potential research projects.
Raised awareness of Centre with person at meeting + several of her colleagues she had discussed the work with. Ongoing positive dialogue to identify likely areas for work that could be beneficial.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
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 Collective Purchasing as Means for Social Ends 
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 Not aware of any impact
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Collective Purchasing as Means for Social Ends 
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 Morten Hviid presented at the CCP 13th annual conferencer, Just Markets: Distributional Effects of Competition Policy and Economic Regulation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Competition and Markets Authority 
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 BLG researchers met with the Competitions and Marketing Authority to discuss issues arising from the current Care Homes Market Study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Competition, Supply, Price and Quality in the English Care Home Market : What Can Administrative Data Tell Us 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Pr Ruth Hancock presented at the BLG DRC Conference. The talk resulted in some interesting questions and discussions afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 Conference call with Burwell Museum and Windmill following a request for information through the Centre's website 
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 Following the submission of a request for information (received via the website), contact was made with Burwell Museum and Windmill lead to discuss their research requirements. During the conversation we explored the data they currently hold, how to effectively collate information moving forward as well as how they could utilize the information to improve services (including optimizing marketing of the organisation to increase visitor numbers). We discussed the funding available and process for DAIVs. Following the discussion, I sent a DAIV application form for completion and further information for the lead to discuss with their board ahead of sign off.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.burwellmuseum.org.uk/
 
Description Conference call with Colbea 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact ON 16th September 2019 the centre held a conference call with Colbea engagement lead Craig Baston who we met at a previous workshop delivered in August 2019. Craig was impressed by the workshop and wants to partner with the centre moving forward.

The conversation included how we can partner wot deliver further workshops for SMEs in order to generate economic growth and bridge skills gaps in data analytics, webinars, social media chats, consultation clinics and co-marketing/promotion.
Topics could include
GDPR
Data driven marketing
Data driven social media
Marketing analysis
Predicting demand
Intro to data
CRM
Big Data Platforms and AI Tools for SMEs


We also discussed DAIVs which could be of interest to Colbea as well as its members.

We have agreed to follow up on this once budgets have been agreed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Conference call with Fulham Good Neighbours to explore the support the Centre can provide 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact conference call with Fulham Good Neighbours and two researchers/academics within the University. We discussed the charity's vision and aspirations as well as the data they currently hold to establish how this information could be used to optimize their activity. The call resulted in a DAIV application being completed with defined outcomes agreed with the researchers to ensure the scope of the project was applicable.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.fulhamgoodneighbours.org/
 
Description Conference call with Holdfast Credit Union 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact On 1st October 2019 the centre held a conference call with Holfast Credit Union. Andrew Vesey attended the Data Driven Marketing event in September 2019 and was impressed with the content covered.

His colleague also participated in the data consultation clinic hosted through Community 360 earlier in the year.

Topics discussed included their skills gaps in website optimization, social media and data analytics.

They have an interest in the DAIV but need to choose a project to focus on and have been encouraged to join the webinar, follow the social media channel and join future events.

The centre also provided information about other training available through partners such as Community 360 and BEST.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Conference call with Preceptr to explore the DAIV specifics and opportunities to work in partnership with the Centre 
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 I facilitated a conference call with Preceptr a local SME to explore how the DAIV scheme to enable his company to benefit from academic expertise in order to address a data analytical need. Also on the call was a research graduate willing to undertake the work. The call focused on defining the key deliverables and outcomes of the DAIV considering what was viable given the funding available and the context of the company. Following the call, we agreed the DAIV application form allowing us to submit this to the panel for approval. Preceptr aspires to build a lasting relationship wit the University of Essex at the end of the project, enabling further opportunities for students and graduates to work with his company as it grow.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Conference call with Provide CiC 
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 had a conference call with Amy Jackson from Provide CiC, who is working on a number of projects.

A new model for integration is being established in mid-Essex. As part of this strategic change, they are looking for an organisation to conduct the data analytics, some of which could fall under evaluation/impact assessment.

Whilst the scope of the project is not fully known, we have booked a follow up call for November in order to discuss next steps.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Conference call with Public Health England and Essex Local Dental Network 
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 On 25th November 2019 the centre facilitated a conference call with Sam Glover (Public Health England) and Rachel Doogan (Essex Local Dental Network). Sam is an ongoing contact of the centre.

In partnership with PHE, NHS England, CCGS and other members, the group plan to submit a DAIV regarding oral health/access to dental services for those with dementia. The outcomes of the research would inform commissioning decisions, dental staff training packages and the information provided to those working with those with dementia in the community and care homes .

The DAIV application has been submitted and is subject the research feedback.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Conference call with Southend CVS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The Centre facilitated a conference call with Gemma Cartwright of CVS Southend to discuss the support we can provide to the third sector in their locality.

Following the success of the Data Consultation Clinic and Impact Assessment workshop, CVS Southend would like us to deliver a similar session. We also discussed the DAIVs, webinars and presenting at their planned network events on the importance of data in the third sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Conference call with Wingman - 16th January 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Centre undertook a conference call with Wingman, a local SME within the technology industry to explore how the DAIV scheme could be used to enhance their business practices and support economic growth.

Wingman was referred to the Centre from Best Growth Hub following a recent presentation delivered to their team.

The call discussed the application process for the DAIV funding as well as the scope of their project which focused on using data to understand the tech. market. Following the call, Wingman CEO submitted a full DAIV application which was shared with academics for input.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Conference call: Goal 17 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact We hosted a conference call with Goal 17 (a national charity) to explore how we can support the organisation in measuring impact and analysing quality interventions. Jim Vine was took part in the call to offer insight based on his research experience.

The client (CEO of Goal 17) reported the call to be very useful. As a result of the call, we were able to progress with a DAIV application form and were able to refine deliverables accordingly. Another outcome of the call was organising a training session for the Goal 17 Board Members on data analytics, this is due to take place in November 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Conference debate on Garden Communities 
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 VS spoke about how Garden Communities are good for business and local economic growth
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.essex.ac.uk/news/2017/06/29/challenges-and-opportunities-of-garden-communities
 
Description Conference: Use of Social Media to map adoption of technology 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussion on the adoption of new technologies and how to map them using social media data. New contacts made within the industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Consultation with Active Brentwood, Everyone Active and Brentwood Leisure (part of the council) 
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 Following the Active Essex networking event in March 2019, the centre led a consultation on 11th June 2019 with key leads from Basildon, Brentwood and their leisure centre project manager (Vicky Ayris-King, Jo Grant and Nicky Smith) to discuss the strategic vision of their organisations. The conversation explored their data analytics requirements and potential research projects suitable for a DAIV.

We discussed were overlap exists between the partners and separate projects focused on the priorities of the individual councils.

As a result, the leads plan to submit a DAIV application for:
Impact analysis - leisure interventions and mental health data
Identifying those at risk of isolation/loneliness within their delivery footprint

The project will involve a range of stakeholders including Public Health England, NHS England, Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS services and councils.

Next steps will include completing the DAIV application form once live.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Consultation with Agile Research 
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 Following attendance at the Data Driven Marketing event in September 2019, Agile Research (CEO Nick and his colleague) attended a consultation with the Centre to discuss areas of collaboration.

They focus on traditional forms of market research to inform public sector digital platform development and service delivery.

The company are keen to partner with the centre for larger scale research and to work with shared stakeholders on more complex data analytics research where market analysis, focus groups etc are required.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Consultation with Allot Ltd 
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 Allot Ltd would like to build a platform which will integrate environmental data to deliver financial instruments for decision-making, which will assist banks in evidencing sustainability when financing large infrastructure projects. Allot Ltd would like to work with BLG researchers, via the DAIV scheme, to review legal reports and recommend the financial instruments which must be built, based on environmental data. Following the call, a DAIV application form was sent to Allot Ltd to complete.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Consultation with Artist Rights Agency 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Following a request submitted through our website, we facilitated a conference call with the lead for Artist Rights Agency to explore potential research projects and data analytics suitable for the DAIV scheme. The conversation included the process for applying as well as the other services we provide e.g. webinars, events, challenge labs and training.

It was agreed that when applications for DAIVs are released, that the company will complete the form ahead of submitting to the panel for approval.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Consultation with Colchester Borough Council 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussed our services and how we can collaborate on a research project. They are interested in applying for a DAIV.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Consultation with Colchester Hospital and Ipswich Hospital 
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 Telephone consultation regarding bespoke training requirements
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Consultation with Color Magic 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The centre met with Simon Lance from Color Magic Ink to discuss a new product they are delivering in order to launch into the market over the coming months.

They are working with coders from India to produce a new model of CRM using data from across industries to detect trends and behaviour algorithms. Simon was seeking data analytics support to build on the R&D model developed to data in order to enhance the potential of this product.

The consultation was an opportunity to discuss the DAIVs, training, events and other services we as a centre provide.

Having discussed the nature of the data analytics project, we felt it was not applicable to be grant funded by the centre. Instead we referred to client to partners managing the Innovation Voucher, KTPs and student placements within Essex Business School.

Referral came via the website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Consultation with Culture Banks 
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 The objective of the consultation was to bring together one of the ESRC Business and Local Government Research Centre's researcher and members of Culture Banks to explore how data can be used in the context of the business sector.

The consultation focused on the key priorities for the organisation, and allow the team to identify gaps in existing intelligence as well as data collection methods.
Providing an overview of data analytics and opportunities could be developed into research projects that would lead to real-world interventions.

Background
Following a request for information submitted by Liam Murphy, Culture Banks, the ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre is working with the company to explore how the organisation can collect and use data in order to measure impact and potential areas of development.
Culture Banks initially expressed an interest in the Data Innovation Voucher to explore the following:
"Culture Banks is planning to develop an MVP platform for sharing peer production licenses amongst rights holders for creative common assets and banking proceeds."

Following the consultation, the Centre has suggested a number of potential areas suitable for funding through the data analytics innovation scheme. If approved by the board members, the Centre will bring one or more (depending on the feasibility) research projects to fruition.

Culture Banks leads were fully engaged throughout the session and found the workshop to be useful in building their understanding of data analytics as well as the services provided by ther Centre.

Next steps
Culture Banks will complete the DAIV application form once the new round of applications opens.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Consultation with Education and Skills Funding Agency 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 16th September 2019 the centre held a consultation with Austin Dalby of the Education and SKills Funding Agency.
We have been invited to present at their data analysts team away day in October.
The consultation was also an opportunity to discuss DAIVs, Challenge Labs, wider work of the centre, training and events.

We plan to touch base ahead for their team away day to finalize the agenda/our slot.
We have also invited Austin to be a guest speaker at our team meeting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Consultation with Enterprise Support Alliance 
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 The Centre facilitated a consultation with the CE of Enterprise Support Alliance to explore how they can optimize their use of data by working us funded by the DAIV scheme. During the meeting, we also discussed the other services offered by the Centre including training, webinars, events and social media engagement.

Enterprise Support Alliance are keen to submit a DAIV application when the next funding round opens in order to bring one or more data analytics project to life.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Consultation with Essential Beauty Suppliers 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Raised awareness of Centre and it's services. They are interested in our DAIV's.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Consultation with Highways England 
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 Aaron Bowater and Michelle McAnoy of Highways England had a phone consultation, where both gave each other a background to their work and to explore whether a DAIV application will prove valuable to Highways England.

AB provided background on the Centre, the DAIV programme, and a number of the training programmes the Centre can provide. AB spoke in particular reference to our time frames over the coming months as the Centre winds down to a close on January 30th. He also shared information about the Centre's four research streams and partner universities. AB said he would provide a number of notes and background information when sharing the notes from the call.

MM spoke about her work with Highways England. MM works in the Evaluation team which is new as of July last year. MM joined the team in January of this year so there is lots of new work being started.

The team carries out major evaluations of projects post-opening, one year and five years after the event. This covers everything from safety and traffic flow, to economic impact of these large infrastructure projects. AB talked about some of the work the centre is undertaking with other organisations in terms of infrastructure impact and evaluation.

One of the key things MM was interested in was building knowledge and an evaluation base with what is a new and young team at Highways England. Interested in data visualisations, mining prospective data and methodologies. MM encouraged AB to take a look at the evaluations on the Department for Transport website for further background on succinct dash point evaluations.

Next steps: As it sounded like MM was after training for junior evaluation officers, AB said a Challenge Lab or other training programme may be most appropriate for Highways England, rather than a research and report based DAIV. MM said that she was keen to grow confidence among the evaluation officers.

With this in mind, MM said she was after some basic data knowledge (why is it important? How do we use it? Etc.), some statistics foundation before moving onto manipulating data and evaluation it. Further questions like how do you manipulate data and use it to prevent valuable insight upwards should also be addressed.

AB said this sounded ideal for a challenge lab and as well as sharing some previous examples/case studies of training with MM, would now begin working with colleagues to find an appropriate trainer and dates.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Consultation with Jacob Bailey Group 
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 Jacob Bailey Group are a marketing agency, trying to do more in the field of data. They have a basic data function but would like upskilling in other data analytics areas, to become part of their marketing strategy. Discussions were had around them attending our future training courses.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Consultation with Keep Fit Eat Fit 
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 On 8th November 2019, the centre held a DAIV consultation with the CEOs of Keep Fit Eat Fit Ltd. Emma Wakeling of EIRA joined us for the consultation to discuss the wider collaborative opportunities.

The consultation went well and the business was keen to engage with the centre further in the coming months. However at present their business is in the early stages and as a result it does not have data to analyse. The company is using AI and other data collection methods to support corporate sector in improving staff engagement and health. They are working with Google and many others internationally to launch the product in 2020.

The company has attended the Data Driven Marketing Workshop hosted by the centre in September 2019 and reported that this was very useful. The company is keen to attend future training and workshops as well as webinars.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Consultation with Lads Need Dads 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The Centre undertook a consultation with CEO of Lads Need Dads, Sonia Shaljean. The charity initially discovered the Centre through the Fire Service Networking event in April 2019.

Based in Tendring, North East Essex, Lads Need Dads CIC is an award winning Not-For-Profit Community Interest Company, set up to prevent potential problems and address existing ones where boys are missing a father-figure in their lives.

The meeting focused on the different services provided by the Centre including DAIV. We discussed how DAIVs could be used to conduct impact analysis to strengthen the charity's supporting evidence when approaching potential funders as well as SROI and understanding gaps in current data collection practices.

Sonia has expressed an interest in applying for the DAIV and has requested application forms be sent via email when released by the Centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Consultation with Leicester and Leicestershire LEP 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussion about the Centre's services, in particular the DAIV's. They are keen to engage in the future and will also promote the opportunity of DAIV's to businesses in their area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Consultation with Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service 
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 Phone consultation held with Hiren Patel, Business Insight Analyst, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service. They are looking to use a DAIV to improve the way they use data and intelligence to create risk models to understand where they should deploy emergency responses as well as where they should carry out safety visits.They would also like to make this a dynamic process so they can monitor risk on a regular basis through an easy to understand visualisation. This would be an opportunity to use skills not ordinarily available to the service to develop something in house which is based on the experience and knowledge of staff but also statistically robust. They are a smaller fire service so this sort of work could be invaluable.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Consultation with Mencap Braintree 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Braintree District Mencap Society was formed in 1955 to help people with a learning disability and their families. Braintree Mencap has a wide membership throughout the Braintree District, and we offer support to more than 800 children and adults with a learning disability.

They are affiliated to Royal Mencap, but are responsible for raising their own funds in order to continue to offer services.

Following a presentation in May via the Community 360 Fundraiser Forum, Yvette Wetton (CEO) expressed and interest in working with the Centre. As a result we arranged a one to one consultation to explore potential research projects and data analytics suitable for the DAIV.

The meeting went well with Yvette enthusiastic about completing the DAIV application form and attending the workshops planned for August and September.

Mencap has a number of data analytics needs. We discussed data quality and quantity as well as scope in order to define a suitable project ahead of completing the DAIV application form. We agreed that understanding the market and widening engagement would be a priority project. This will involve using both open and closed source data. The project will mirror the best practice of the DAIV completed for Fulham Good Neighbours in 2018.

Next steps will be to send the application form once live.

Application submitted in December 2019 for approval. The DAIV application is pending approval from the board.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Consultation with Mid Essex CCG and system partners to discuss DAIV opportunities and training 
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 Consultation with Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group on 3rd January 2019. The purpose of which was to promote the Centre and the opportunities to use grant funded research to support the NHS strategic objectives for 2019 within the east of England. Participants included senior leadership from Mid-Essex Clinical Commissioning Group as well as members of the STP footprint.

Participants were inspired by the potential to collaborate with the Centre and expressed an interest in both DAIVs and training in data analytics. As a result of the call, the Centre has been invited to attend a system-wide event to present on what the Centre can offer the NHS. The CCG will also be making a DAIV application over the coming month to explore a commissioning data project to run alongside a STP level (wider) engagement piece.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Consultation with Minerva Analytics re DAIV and training options 
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 Telephone consultation with Minerva Analytics re potential DAIV.

Face to face meeting with Richard S (researcher), Laura (Outreach), Tim and Sarah. We discussed the opportunities and requirements of the DAIV, exploring the deliverable and scope of the project. Also highlighted the training available to follow up on the DAIV once outputs delivered as well as free events/webinars.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Consultation with Ministry of Parenting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The Centre facilitated a consultation with Jeannie Gordon of Ministry of Parenting to discuss her DAIV application. The consultation took place on 28th October 2019.

Jeannie had attended both the Impact Assessment and Data Driven Marketing events in 2019. She reported that they had influenced the procedures in place within the charity including their social media strategy and data collection. She complemented us on the useful resources within the delegate packs which provided the foundations on which to implement what she learnt.

Jeannie also participated in the DAIV process webinar earlier in October 2019. She reported that the webinar was useful in scoping the potential research project and was keen to book a consultation following this.

The consultation focused on the struggles their charity faces in analysing the true impact of interventions on families as well as how to champion this work in order to influence policy and early intervention services.

Jeannie found the session to be very useful and plans to complete a DAIV application during November 2019 for feedback. The charity is also keen to benefit from future webinars and events.

DAIV Application completed and submitted in 2019 funding round. The outcome is pending approval.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Consultation with NALEP 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussion about collaboration on a research project and the potential to work with researchers from the University of East Anglia; supported by a Data Analytics Innovation Voucher (DAIV).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Consultation with North East Lincolnshire Council 
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 Phone consultation with Sonia Rides, Advanced Practitioner - Information Specialist, Digital Team, North East Lincolnshire Council. They are seeking potentially DAIV work with the Centre so we discussed their data needs and where the Centre may or may not be able to assist. In particular, the Council are looking to launch their new "Single Customer View" in October and would like to work with the Centre to model and analyse this new approach.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Consultation with 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 Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion with strategy and housing departments. At the meeting prelininary findings were discussed and feedback sought on how the analysis could be improved. Further data was requested from NCC to improve the analyses.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Consultation with Open Road (plus updated conference call) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The Centre facilitated a consultation with Open Road. Bringing together three expert researchers (each representing different specialities of data anaytlcis) to join the chairty lead, head of programme and head of data analytics within the organisation. In partnership we explored potential research projects and ways to measure impact quantifying social improvements as well as ways to combine pre/post intervention statistics.

The discussions were positive with all members fully engaged throughout.

The charity has already expressed an interest in applying for the DAIV and we are already considering a webinar/guest appearance at one of our events in 2019.

Several discussions took place during 2019. on 14th November 2019 a conference call took place involving Dr Alejandro Quiroz Flores Reader and Chief Scientific Adviser, Department of Government to explore how ECDA can undertake the project as a partner on the research. The conversation was very positive with further discussions due in December 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Consultation with Pioneer Sailing Trust 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Pioneer Sailing Trust requested a consultation following a successful presentation at the Community 360 CVS forum on 21st May 2019.

We met at their offices in Brightlingsea to discuss a potential data analytics research project focused on impact analysis and SROI. A positive meeting resulted in interest in the DAIV scheme and a greater understanding of how to apply, the benefits of data analytics and other support services provided by the Centre.

The DAIV application forms are not live yet and will be shared with the client in due course. EOI registered on the system.

As a result of the meeting, the charity is keen to apply for a DAIV, register for our events/workshops and engage in our future work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Consultation with Princes Trust 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact On 16th October 2019, the centre facilitated a consultation (conference call) with Jenny Ball of Prince's Trust.

Jenny had attended the Impact Assessment workshop delivered by the Centre in August 2019, following this she attended the Data Driven Marketing workshop in September 2019 and participated in the DAIV webinar in October 2019. Her interest in the work of the Centre continues to grow and as a result Jenny is looking to submit a DAIV application for a research project looking at the barriers preventing young people from engaging in the charity's work and accessing their services.

During the consultation we discussed points to consider including data required, open vs closed source data and the process.

The DAIV application was sent via email ready for completion.

Princes Trust continue to be interested in participating in future training, webinars and collaborative opportunities with the Centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Consultation with Provide 
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 14th October 2019: The Centre facilitated a conference call with Amy Jackson of Provide CiC who is looking to collaborate with the Centre through the DAIV in order to understand the impact of service redesign through the changes on service use, staff, carer and patient voice.

We discussed the benefits of collaborating with Healthwatch Essex for the engagement/lived experience aspect.

Amy was pleased with the advice given and we have arranged a follow up call in December in order to discuss next steps in a DAIV application with a view to submitting the completed DAIV in January 2020.

(Amy was referred to the Centre by Charlotte Cannon of Essex County Council following a recent Challenge Lab with the Better Care Fund).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Consultation with Southend Carers 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact On 18th November 2019 the centre undertook a conference call with Dawnette Fessy of Southend Carers (charity) to discuss their interest in the DAIV scheme.

The call was a result of the webinar delivered in October 2019.

A positive conference call explored the opportunity to analyse the charity's data in order to understand more about the impact of their services, diversity, barriers and service improvement.

As a result of the call, the charity requested an application form which they are hoping to submit in December 2019. The charity also expressed an interest in future webinars and free training sessions.

On 2nd December 2019, Dawnette submitted a DAIV application form for review. The outcome is pending.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Consultation with Southend County Council - training follow up and further collaboration 
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 Following the workshop 25th October 2018, we undertook a conference call with the client on 31st October 2018 to discuss future partnerships with the council and the process. Discussions explored the organisation's key objectives, skills gaps and funding available through the ESRC BLG Data Research Centre.

The training requirement forms were completed by the client ahead of facilitating the session in 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Consultation with St Lukes Hospice 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact St Lukes Hospice have two databases - one which focuses on patient data, and another which focuses on fundraising data. They need assistance in extracting the data from the systems, and analysing these to receive useful insights. They would like to explore working with a BLG researcher via the Data Analytics Innovation Voucher scheme. Following the call, an application form for the DAIV scheme was sent to the client.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Consultation with Stonehaven Technology 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact They have produced a model that demonstrates palliative care and areas that need more attention. They are looking for help in making their model more scaleable.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Consultation with WPI Economics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact WPI Economics are interested in engaging with BLG researchers, to work on projects relating to the local economic growth, and support for vulnerable people streams. They requested further information about the research being carried out by the Centre, and invited us to participate in a future working group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Consultation with Wheatley Solutions 
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 the Centre and the services offered.

As a result Wheatley have made two DAIV applications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Consultation with Zinet Data Solutions Limited 
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 Zinet are a data technology company. Whilst they are experts in sharing data, they need additional training in data analytics. They also have several projects that they would like to explore with BLG researchers, and have requested further information on future training courses, and the Data Analytics Innovation Voucher application.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Consultation: Challenge Lab Follow Up meeting with BCF Commissioning Leads 
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 In July 2019 the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre facilitated a system wide Challenge Lab for the Mid Essex Better Care Fund.

Objective of the Challenge Lab

The overall aim of the workshop was to bring together academics with the strategic partners from across mid Essex health and social care system to address the key challenge of winter pressure on services.

The workshop was phase one of a larger piece of work and will directly inform the objectives and scope of the data analytics research project (funded through the Data Analytics Innovation Voucher - DAIV).

Together we identified opportunities for whole-system change - to reduce pressures on key public services, exploring opportunities to agree health and care projects tasked with transforming service provision on a pan-region sustainable basis.

As a county, the team wishes to identify how the collective use of data can inform service commissioning and the effective allocation of resource. Whilst as a system data is being collected, this is not being shared effectively between partners. A strategic overview could highlight opportunities for early intervention based on winter statistics across the patient journey, thus improving system resilience. It may lead to revised service delivery approaches, with new ways of managing seasonal service delivery being devised for testing/adoption.

Through the Mid Essex Better Care Fund, the aim is to find research driven solutions to focus attention to deliver system-wide change. This is in order to build improved whole system resilience as part of the winter planning process. In particular they wish to:

• Understand the demand that currently comes into the mid Essex health and care system for the acute and community
• Understand the capacity that is available both in the acute and community to manage the identified demand including primary care
• Use data to allow more informed decision making regarding if health and social care resources are in the correct place to manage the demand
• Identify any gaps in services and solutions within the mid Essex capacity
• Explore the potential for predictive analytics to identify future anticipated demand increases
• Use data to recommend how mid Essex should use their collective resources to manage the demand based on the finding of the research.

The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the following key questions in order for the Better Care Fund board members to make a more informed decision ahead of the DAIV application.

(When addressing these questions please refer to the Challenge Lab follow up notes)

• How realistic are the proposals and how useful would they be in providing information for the commissioners to inform future plans for commissioning in order to support system resilience?
• What would be the timeframes around each proposal and would be feasible to deliver the research project for each proposal?
• How useful you think the proposal would be in line with answering the commissioner's main objectives?
• Which proposal do you think could have the most impact?

A second follow up meeting will be arranged in order to explore the data around one specific pathway in order to define the specifics of the research project ahead of the DAIV application.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Consultation: Co-op East of England Community and Events Team 
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 On 11th November 2019, the Centre facilitated a meeting between Coop East of England and My Home Life Essex who are looking to work in partnership to build community cohesion and tackle isolation and loneliness through intergenerational activities taking place in Essex.

One of the areas discussed was the difficulty in measuring impact which has a ripple effect on the community as well as the individuals involved.

The partners agreed to take things forward to look at collaborative opportunities and were grateful for the centre's role in connecting organisations for greater impact regionally.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Consumer Behaviour and computational methodologies: flexiblity and accuracy of agent-based approaches 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Abhijit Sengupta presented at the BLG DRC conference. The audience raised questions and there was a panel discussion at the end of the Methodology stream presentations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Bsz4VGWvdE
 
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 Croydon Council 
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 Furthered shared understanding. Made arrangements for further discussions to develop plans.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description DAIV Consultation with Basildon Borough Council 
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 Basildon Borough Council would like to work with BLG to upskill their staff in data analytics. A discussion was had on the possibilities available, and a follow-up email sent to outline what training can be delivered, so that a business case can be made to senior management within the Council.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DAIV Consultation with Data Unlocked 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact DAIV consultation with Data Unlocked regarding potential project and training needs
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description DAIV Consultation with Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council 
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 DAIV consultation with Andy Baker from Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council on potential collaborative research project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description DAIV Consultation with Exergy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Exergy were referred to BLG by the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP Growth Hub. They are an engineering consultancy firm who would like to collaborate with BLG to develop a more effective data management system. They would like to engage via the Data Analytics Innovation Voucher scheme, and requested the application form to be sent across. A follow up email was sent afterwards with this information.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DAIV Consultation with Footprint Services 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Footprint services have been set up to use public data sets relating to waste management to produce useful reports for businesses. They were interested in engaging with BLG, and understanding how they could work with us further to access data for research, and to work on a collaborative research project. This led to follow-up discussions, and the Company Manager from Footprint Services will be a presenter at one of the BLG Big Data Can public lecture events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DAIV Consultation with Fulham Good Neighbour Service 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact DAIV consultation regarding potential project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description DAIV Consultation with Garden City - Louise Denyer 
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 On 19th November 2019 the centre facilitated a consultation to discuss how research and data analytics could be used in the planning of the garden cities. A number of potential research projects were discussed including predictive analytics for mapping the flow of people, behaviour change drivers, economic growth, sustainability etc.

With a number of competing priorities and potential research opportunities, the centre suggested a challenge lab to explore these projects in collaboration with the team.

Louise is working with North East Essex CCG including Jane Mower and Essex County Council to plan the cities.

Following the meeting, the centre exchanged emails. jane is hoping to discuss the challenge lab concept with her team with a view to taking it forward in 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description DAIV Consultation with GoHinGo 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact DAIV Consultation with GoHinGo and academic researchers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description DAIV Consultation with Kinetika People 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Kinetika people collect data relating to the events they run, in multiple spreadsheets. They would like help in storing this data in a different way. The data that they are collecting is not on a large scale, and so would not be suitable for a research project under the DAIV programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DAIV Consultation with Open Waste Compliance 
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 DAIV consultation with Open Waste Compliance
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description DAIV Consultation with Perceptr 
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 Perceptr have received funding from Innovate UK to develop an innovative recruitment platform, and would like to work in collaboration with BLG to create matching algorithms, and a virtual assistant. They would also like to run a hackathon, to engage students in creating solutions to problems which are set for them. They would like to apply to engage with BLG though the Data Analytics Innovation Voucher scheme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DAIV Consultation with Red Balloon Family Foundation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact DAIV Consultation with Red Balloon Family Foundation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description DAIV Consultation with The Lampshade Co 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact DAIV consultation with The Lampshade Co about potential project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description DAIV Consultation with UKs No1 Co Ltd 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The company work in website design, marketing and business coaching. They carry out a lot of home visits and have access to postcodes, and would like to map their routes with these. BLG advised that there are GIS training courses available on the BLG website which the company can watch back to assist with this, but that we can discuss bespoke training courses if these are not suitable.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DAIV Consultation with ULAS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact ULAS are setting up an online platform for students, to enable them to prepare for when they leave school. ULAS discussed carrying out a collaborative project with BLG to develop innovative systems to track and record the activities of the students. This could potentially fit within the Data Analytics Innovation Voucher scheme, and a follow up email was sent with the application form for ULAS to complete and return.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DAIV Consultation with Visit Essex 
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 Consultation with Visit Essex and academics about potential research project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description DAIV Consultation with Which? 
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 Meeting with Which? to discuss a number of potential Knowledge Exchange projects. Two initial DAIV projects identified.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description DAIV Consultation with Your Own Place 
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 Your Own Place are a Social Enterprise set up to reduce youth homelessness. They would like to carry out a collaborative research project with BLG to evaluate whether their services are helping them to achieve this objective. They would like to carry this project out under the Data Analytics Innovation Voucher scheme, and have returned a completed application form, which will be reviewed by the DAIV panel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DAIV consulation People Dancing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Would like help in analysing data to better understand their on-line audience and potential market and to use their on-line presence as a way to increase members and donations.
A DAIV application has been submitted.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DAIV consulation with Camrosh Limited 
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 Looking to create a tool to increase workflow efficiency and would like insight on feasibility of the idea, workflow breakdown to create a prototype and the skill set required. A DAIV application has been submitted.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DAIV consultation with Antidote Street 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On-line beauty retailer. Discussion about the data they collect on-line and wanted to know if they could use a DAIV to carry out some Google Analytics. The DAIV is not appropriate in this instance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DAIV consultation with Barbour Logic 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Would like to work with the Centre to discover what public sector services require an automated FAQ system. Requested more information about the DAIV scheme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DAIV consultation with Business Match 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The company would like help in using data to improve their services and understand the needs of companies across different sectors in various geographical areas.

Awaiting completion of DAIV application.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DAIV consultation with Cordell Health Limited 
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 They are interested in carrying out a project to understand the reason for people struggling to get into work due to underlying health problems. Looking to collaborate on how to better use their data to answer these questions. This is a potential DAIV application.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DAIV consultation with Coventry and Warwickshire LEP Growth Hub 
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 Discussed how we could help in analysing their data to improve the services they offer to businesses.

Followed up by sending paper BLG has produced on NALEP project.

Awaiting completion of DAIV application.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DAIV consultation with DiscoDrives 
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 DiscoDrives wanted to look into using a DAIV to enable them to produce a new stock control system. AB explained our services and that this was not suitable for a DAIV.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DAIV consultation with Form the Future 
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 Form the Future are set up to inspire young people, and deliver talks about careers, and skills required. They are interested in collaborating with BLG to work on a research project which looks at the effectiveness of their services. They would like to explore a research project using the Data Analytics Innovation Voucher scheme, and have been sent an application form which they have completed and returned, and will be reviewed by the DAIV panel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DAIV consultation with Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough LEP 
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 Would like to work with us to combine their datasets and review and produce visual and numerical data that would enable GCGP policymakers to estimate impact and determine gaps in policy making to guide the development of future programmes. A DAIV application has been submitted.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DAIV consultation with Kirklees Council 
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 Discussion about priorities and how we could potentially collaborate using a DAIV. RS talked through the Data Sharing Agreement and End User licence.

Since submitted a DAIV application.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DAIV consultation with MyNewTerm 
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 They would like to collaborate with researchers using our DAIV to further develop their website and, in the long term, to potentially carry out a study in helping Government identify skills gaps.

A DAIV application has been submitted.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DAIV consultation with South Norfolk Council 
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 They are carrying out a pilot study in Norfolk and Norwich hospital to see if having a district officer available in the hospital to resolve issues around accommodation when patients are discharged, will reduce delayed transfers of care and prevent re-admissions. They would like to work with us to carry out an evaluation study to see if the intervention is effective.

DAIV application has been submitted.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DAIV consultation with The Red Balloon Family Foundation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The Red Balloon Family Foundation are a CIO set up to work with families, and young people to build self-esteem and resilience. They would like to evaluate their interventions to understand if they are meeting their objectives, and would like to work with BLG researcher, via the Data Analytics Innovation Voucher scheme, to develop an effective data collection system, to make the evaluation possible and effective. A follow up email was sent after the call with details about the application process, and the form to complete.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DPWorld 
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 Discussion about developing a logistics project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Data Analytics Support - CHAPS Mens Health 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact On 18th November 2019, Celine Larkin (CHAPS Mens Health) contacted the centre for data analytics support in order to extract information from an unusable format.

Our researchers swiftly supported the charity convering the data into a format that is useable and will enable the charity to effectively evaluate the impact of their work and market more effectively.

The transformation of data combined with the knowledge and resources provided during their recent attendance at the Impact Assessment and Data Driven Marketing workshops in 2019 means the charity has been able to more effectively lobby parliament and influence policy making as well as share best practice nationally related to prostate cancer screening and mens health.

As a result of our support, the charity has requested involvement in future workshops, webinars and now follows us social media.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Data Consultation Clinic - Braintree 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The centre delivered a Data Consultation Clinic for charities and public sector organisations in Essex. This consisted of a series of pre-booked one to one consultations with leads from a range of organisations to discuss their current data collection practices and potential research projects suitable for DAIV funding.

Each consultation was an opportunity to promote the centre and the DAIV application process.
The consultations were also used to promote the up and coming workshops as well as other opportunities to engage with the work of the centre.

Organisations included:
Nicky Evena - Brainwave
Keith Playall - Support (DNA)
Debbie Bird - Children's University
Yvette Wetton - Braintree Mencap Society
Helen Woolf - Halstead 21st Century Group
tracey Parry - Braintree District Council
Rachael Stone - First Stop Centre
Darren Sparks - Braintree Foyer

Whilst not all projects were suitable for a DAIV, advise and guidance was given on how to strengthen their data collection process in order to conduct analysis in the future. Some individuals are ready to submit a DAIV application once the round for DAIV applications opens.
Feedback from all attendees was very positive.

The sessions were coordinated by Community 360 who work to support local charities in Essex. Delivering the sessions further built on our partnership with this stakeholder.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Data Consultation Clinic - Colchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The centre delivered a Data Consultation Clinic for charities and public sector organisations in Essex. This consisted of a series of pre-booked one to one consultations with leads from a range of organisations to discuss their current data collection practices and potential research projects suitable for DAIV funding. Each consultation was an opportunity to promote the centre and the DAIV application process. The consultations were also used to promote the up and coming workshops as well as other opportunities to engage with the work of the centre. Organisations included: African Families in the UK, Carers First, CHAPS, Colchester Coffin Club, Colchester Emergency Nightshelter, Holdfast Credit Union,, MS UK, Outhouse East, Signpost and Your Living Room. Whilst not all projects were suitable for a DAIV, advise and guidance was given on how to strengthen their data collection process in order to conduct analysis in the future. Some individuals are ready to submit a DAIV application once the round for DAIV applications opens. Feedback from all attendees was very positive. The sessions were coordinated by Community 360 who work to support local charities in Essex. Delivering the sessions further built on our partnership with this stakeholder. Delegates were all encouraged to register to attend one or more of our workshops. Community 360 also expressed an interest in the centre delivering a workshop during their AGM as wel as holding an information stand to promote data analytics within the context of the CVS.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Data Consultation Clinic - Essex County Council 
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 On 18th November 2019 the centre undertook a conference call with the senior strategy advisor for Essex County COuncil.

The contact arose from Dr Alejandro Quiroz Flores.

The call was an opportunity to discuss the work of the centre as well as areas to collaborate through the DAIV scheme.
Jo Boyd Wallis and Jack Daniels from the council joined the call. They expressed an interest in a transport related project including predictive analytics and correlation/causation data matching to look at the impact of transport on communities (such as health, economic growth/employment and community engagement).

Following the call, the centre provided follow up information and a DAIV application form for completion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Dive 
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 The event was organised to give EBS MSc students the opportunity to have 'hands-on' experience with real life data and to tackle some previously unseen challenges.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/ebsdatadive/
 
Description Data Driven Marketing Workshop 
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 Data Driven Marketing Workshop - 5th September 2019

In partnership with BEST, the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre aims to support the referral pathway enabling local businesses to thrive in an increasingly competitive market.

The BEST Growth Hub stakeholder feedback identified a need for SMEs to optimise the use of digital platforms including data analytics. This is a growing skills gap within the local market. Whilst many businesses are collecting basic data, they are ill equipped to understand and proactively use the data they hold to make informed strategic decisions. A number of areas were highlighted during recent business engagement as topics of interest. In order to address one of these key areas, the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre delivered a bespoke event.

Objectives
• Deliver a targeted event focused on Essex-wide SMEs designed to:
• Raise awareness of data analytics within the context of business in order provide competitive edge in an evolving market.
• Encourage the effective utilisation of IT and technological advancements to improve services and marketing.
• Provide foundations on how businesses can exploit technology and data within their sector tailored to their business needs.
• Provide insight into the future of data analytics and its potential.
• Explore social media as a digital platform for marketing, trend analysis and engagement.
• Promote the opportunities for grant funded data analytics and research through the DAIV scheme.
• Promote the work of BEST Growth Hub including the business support they provide.

The themes of marketing and social media were two areas identified as topics of particular interest to the target audience. This information shaped the agenda for the day.

Working in partnership with BEST Growth Hub, SECCADs and Essex Business School, this well attended workshop saw over 70 delegates benefit from a morning of inspiring speakers. Delegates represented SMEs, councils and charities across the east of England.

The agenda included
Information about the Centre
How to become a data driven organisation
Social media and data
The future of big data
Data driven marketing
About SECCADs and the other opportunities to partner with the academic world for greater impact

Networking stands included representation from
Essex Interns
BEST Growth Hub
The Centre and its researchers
EIRA
SECCADs

Delegates gave very positive feedback both verbally, via email and via feedback forms.
Outcomes include an enhanced list of contacts, a stronger working relationship with BEST Growth Hub and other services within University of Essex. New EOI in DAIVs and awareness of the Centre's work.

Many delegates expressed an interest in attending future events, webinars and workshops.

Engagement included via social media where organisations continue to share information.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Privacy:A case study on clustering 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Abdellah Salhi presented at the BLG DRC conference. A number of questions were raised which prompted discussions.

A panel discussion took place at the end of the methodology presentations prompting further discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Bsz4VGWvdE
 
Description Data Science and Computational Social Science for Knowledge Societies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Maria Fasli participated and contributed to a session on computational social science. She gave a presentation describing the data science approaches that can be used to enhance social science research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 Detecting Events from Structured and Unstructured Data Streams 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Nora Alkhamees, research officer presented to the BLG DRC Conference. Q & A session followed and a further panel discussion at the end of the Methodology stream presentations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Bsz4VGWvdE
 
Description Detecting Hip Implant Quality 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Elena Kulinskaya presented at the BLG DRC Conference. A Q & A session followed which prompted further discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Detecting Hip Implant Quality 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Professor Elena Kulinskaya delfivered a presentation under the Methodologies for Analytics and Big Data stream at the BLG DRC Conference.

A Panel discussion was held at the end of Methodology presentations and this stimulated discussion and many questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Bsz4VGWvdE
 
Description Developing a Green Infrastructure Strategy for Essex 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Andrew Lovett presented. Q & A session after prompted a number of questions from local government attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18Sb-vq_RYU
 
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 ESRC Research Methods Festival 2018: What's the value of Artificial Synthetic Data in Social Science? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presenters: Professor Vania Sena (University of Essex), Mr Richard Skeggs (University of Essex)

Part of the ESRC Research Methods Festival 2018

The purpose of the session is to provide an overview of the role that synthetic data can play in social science when working with personal data. We also want to present different techniques that are available for the development of synthetic data and discuss the tests that are available to assess the accuracy of the synthetic data against real data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/event-whats-the-value-of-artificial-synthetic-data-in-social-science/
 
Description EXhibition stand at Garden Communities conference 
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 team exhibited at the Garden Communities conference to raise awareness of the Centre.

We received follow up emails after the event with requests for further information.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.essex.ac.uk/news/2017/06/29/challenges-and-opportunities-of-garden-communities
 
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 AVIVA 
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 Meetings were held with representatives from the Data Science team in Avivia in September, November and December 2017, as well as January 2018. These discussed BLGDRC research on developing green infrastructure databases and on the relationship between greenspace access and well-being. We are now developing a KTP proposal with Aviva to explore how this databases and expertise can be applied to improve Aviva insurance business processes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
 
Description Engagement with Essex County Council re Arts of the Possible Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion regarding the Centre's involved in the Festival; particularly in demonstrating the High Street agent based model.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Engagement with Planning and Environment Department, Norfolk County Council 
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 Meetings were held with representatives from Norfolk County Council in June 2017, September 2017 and January 2018. These discussed BLGDRC research on developing green infrastructure databases and how they could be applied to address policy questions of importance to the County Council. We are now collaborating with staff in the Planning and Environment department of the County Council to improve their assessment of accessible natural greenspace standards and examine the extent of existing green infrastructure provision in the vicinity of new housing development sites
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
 
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 Enquiry from Cronin Ltd 
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 On 20th November 2019 the centre received a referral from the BEST Growth Hub. One of the SMEs they support requires data analytics guidance and is interested in the DAIV as an avenue of support.

Gerald Cronin of Cronin Ltd has the following need:
"Client does not know how to use the data that he holds and would like support and training on this. He has seen a drastic drop in his turnover over this past year and would like to research why this has happened."

A follow up email was sent with information about the centre and the offer of a consultation to discuss in more detail.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Enquiry from Essex County Council 
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 On 8th November 2019 the centre received an enquiry from Adrian Powell (Assistant Project Manager) who is working on a pilot to launch a new App for social care workers. The project is designed to save time and travel by accessing and updating case notes remotely. They are keen to have independent tracking and measurement of the benefits achieved by using the App during the piloting phase.

Follow up emails have been sent in order to arrange a discussion and to explore the opportunity in more detail.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Enquiry from Essex Highways 
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 On 26th November 2019 the centre received an enquiry from Essex Highways who were referred from Emma Wakeling (EIRA).

The organisation is collecting data and is not harvesting its full potential.

A follow up email was sent on 27th November 2019 with further information about the centre and its work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Enquiry from Gerald McDonald & Company Ltd 
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 On 22nd October 2019 the centre received a referral from BEST Growth Hub. The company had an enquiry relating to business data and how best they can optimize their practices.

This included:
Missed Sales

a. Very few of our 430 live customers send us forecasts or engage in bulk contracts that can be called off during the year.

b. We therefore do not realise when customers slow up or stop buying certain products from us.

c. Turn Over may not change or may actually increase but we do not know when or why a customer has stopped buying a certain product.



2. Re-ordering analysis.

a. In many cases we are sole suppliers to customers.

b. We on the other hand, need to place contracts with suppliers to secure supplies of nearly all items we sell.

c. Without customer forecasts (See 1a) and with delivery times sometimes 90 days away many customers rely on us to have their stock available when they want.

d. We have re-ordering systems that rely on past performance data but there are still areas of re-ordering that make us exposed to stock out scenarios.

e. We have a lot of data but do not have the skill to automatically reduce it down to a few lines of items that need urgent replenishment.



3. Cash Flow.

a. We need an independent view on our cash flow reporting and whether we can make it more meaningful to non accountants.



4. Delivery and Supply performance

a. We have a lot of data on deliveries out and deliveries in and need to get meaningful reports about our performance to supply customers and our suppliers' performance in supplying us.




5. ERP, CRM, WMS advice.

a. ERP. We have been with our current system suppliers for 15 years. Upgrades are done regularly but now with a Japanese office, we need a multilingual system that is more in tune with large customers.

b. CRM. We currently have a Contact Manager system that is 22 years old and has not been upgraded. It's time we changed and incorporated this system with the ERP.

c. WMS (Warehouse Management System) Our current ERP has a WMS module but does not suit us because stock in units and sell in Kilos.

A follow up email was sent with further advise and information about the centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Enquiry from Help Musicians 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact On 18th November 2019 the centre sent a follow up email to Ellie Moore of Help Musicians. The referral came from EIRA via Emma Wakeling.

Follow up information included the DAIV, training and webinar opportunities.

The email also encouraged the charity to follow us online in order to keep up to date with our research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Enquiry from Lincolnshire Police 
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 On 8th November 2019, Leanne Crew (Performance Data Officer) from Lincolnshire Police contacted the generic centre inbox to express an interest in having the centre deliver some data analytics training for their team. Specifically, R and data science. They anticipate 50 from across their network of data analysts.

Follow up emails were sent and the centre is actively pursuing the opportunity to partner with this new stakeholder.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Ensemble Classification 
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 Berthold Lausen was invited to present at a half day workshop at: 60th Conference of the South African Statistical Association (SASA), University of South-Africa, Florida (Roodepoort), Johannesburg, South-Africa, 26 November 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Epidemiology seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact One of our researchers presented their findings on applying guidelines on statins to a large primary care observational dataset. This stirred up a debate and request for further information was made. The discussion was helpful for follow-up research on this topic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Equity Crowdfunding of Small Businesses 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Pr Jerry Coakley presented on crowdfunding. An active Q & A session followed with much interest from delegates.
A panel discussion took place following the presentations from the Local Economic Growth stream prompting questions and discussions from the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9LxtvxDgOY
 
Description Essex County Council (Chelmsford) and UEA to engage on data and analysis to support the development of their Green Infrastructure Strategy 
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 Engagement and outreach with data analysis /research to support the Council in providing a dynamic and developing strategy incorporating Green Infrastructure.

Opinions changed, decisions were made and plans put in place for future related activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Essex County Council - Green Infrastructure Strategy 
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 BLGDRC researchers are collaborating with planners at Essex County Council to provide a green infrastructure database and associated evidence that will contribute to the Green Infrastructure Strategy currently being developed by the County Council. The strategy is due to go out for public consultation in May 2019 and the intention is that it should be adopted later in the year.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL https://www.essex.gov.uk/Environment%20Planning/Strategic-Environment/Pages/Our-natural-environment....
 
Description Essex County Council Green Infrastructure Strategy Consultation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A presentation was given by Andrew Lovett at the Stakeholder Consultation Workshop for the Essex Green Infrastructure Strategy held at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford. The presentation described the development of a green infrastructure spatial database for Essex and how this could be used to inform policies and initiatives associated with the strategy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://consultations.essex.gov.uk/rci/green-essex-strategy/
 
Description Essex County Council Training: An Introduction to Natural Language Processing 
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 Centre facilitated a training session for Essex County Council staff focused on natural language processing (NLP) in the public sector.

The introduction to NLP included the latest developments in the area, and how they have been used in everyday technology.
The session explored:
• What Natural Language Processing is?
• What Natural Language Processing be used for?
• How has Natural Language Processing been applied?
• What are the benefits/limitations?
• What is needed for Natural Language Processing?
• When is Natural Language Processing not applicable?
• What are the technical requirements of Natural Language Processing?

The workshop was hands on from the beginning with practical examples throughout.

Over 17 delegates attended in total with all providing very positive feedback in the post-workshop survey as well as on the day. All delegates reported their knowledge had improved and have requested further engagement with the Centre in 2019. This includes training as well as collaborative research projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Essex County Council Training: An Introduction to Sentiment Analysis 
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 Over 17 Essex COunty COuncil staff attended a workshop on Sentiment Analysis facilitated by the Centre.

The session focused on the use of Sentiment Analysis in the public sector.
Following an early workshop on NLP, in this session delegates gained further insight into the use of Sentiment Analysis as well as its use in the public sector.
The tutor focused on a number of questions that can be explored using Sentiment Analysis.
This included:
• How can we remove language barriers and improve communication around the world using machine translation?
• How to understand Essex County Council resident's needs and sentiments from analysing social media?
• How Sentiment Analysis assisted decision find relevant information about a given topic?
• How can Sentiment Analysis detect depression, harassment and cyberbullying online as well as predict social trends?

Over 17 delegates attended in total with all providing very positive feedback in the post-workshop survey as well as on the day. All delegates reported their knowledge had improved and have requested further engagement with the Centre in 2019. This includes training as well as collaborative research projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 Council: Introduction to R (day 1) - cohort 2 - 17th January 2019 
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 In October 2018, the Centre delivered bespoke training on Natural Language Processing and Sentiment Analysis. The aim of this session was to enable Essex County Council to make better use of its unstructured data to feed into a project on predicting which families re-enter social care and as part of a county-wide strategy.

Building on the success of previous training and in line with the Data Science Team vision, the department are in the process of implementing R Studio. As a result, Essex County Council required introductory level training exploring R to build foundation knowledge of R Studio across its workforce.

ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre facilitated a bespoke training session focused on R. Presented by renowned researchers, 19 delegates benefited from:
• An introduction to R and R Studio
• Different data structures in R, building matrix and arrays
• Importing data from excel, csv, txt
• Creating, amending and exporting dataframes
• For Loops, If Statements
• Coercion of data types
• Statistical analysis techniques and tools
• Functions
• Correlation and regression
• Models such as predictive analysis

The workshop was hands on from the beginning with practical examples throughout.

This was day 1 of a 2 part session.
Feedback was very complementary and Essex County Council have requested that we work with them to identify skills gaps and share best practice around data analytics. This growing relationship has also led to a DAIV project commencing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Investigating the potential of supporting Essex County Fire and Rescue Service with research around Home Safety Visits.

Discussed the services that the Centre are able to offer.
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 Fire and Rescue Hosted Essex-wide Networking Event 
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 An Essex-wide professional networking event organised by Essex Fire and Rescue service included members from across the private, public and charity sector.
The Centre had the opportunity to speak to all delegates through a facilitated engagement session which took place at the Fire Service HQ.

The event was an opportunity to promote the work of the Centre, raise awareness of the DAIVs, future events, opportunities to partner and the importance of research within the context of the health and social care system.

As a result of the event, the Centre obtained new contacts and has already received expressions of interest relating to the DAIVs.

The event was also an opportunity to touch base with Essex Fire and Rescue on working together for a countywide data analytics projects aligned to their strategic plan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Essex Life and Economy Lecture: Making Change Stick in Complex Collaboratives 
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 On 28th October 2019, the Centre hosted the 2019 Essex Life and Economy Lecture: Making Change Stick in Complex Collaboratives.

A Business and Local Government Data Research Centre lecture, organised in partnership with the Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Science and Health at the University of Essex and Essex County Council.

The lecture by Stephen Kavanagh, Chairman of World Class Policing, examined how entrenched approaches, introspective cultures and performance regimes can, if left unchallenged, undermine new cross cutting initiatives.

55 delegates from across the academic communities and public sector attended the session which included a networking drinks and live Q&A following the talk.

Delegates included the University of Essex Vice Chancellor, senior team, Essex Centre for Data Analytics (ECDA), Deputy Lt. for Essex Nick Alston, Public Health England, Essex County Council, Open Road and many more.

The event was supported via social media in order to widen impact and continue engagement.
 
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Police Consultation - 4th February 2019 
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 The Centre facilitated a conference call with Essex Police and academics to discuss the organisation's DAIV application. The aim of the data analytics and research project was:
An Essex Data Project with Essex Police, Essex County Council and Nesta, bringing together multi-agency data on business inspections, complaints and enforcement/regulatory from public sector agencies and open data.
One of the open source data sources we would like to include is Zoopla property and business data, by creating an API endpoint to retrieve the fields of interest, a skill which we do not have.

The Police would like to work with the Centre to carry out research into how they can create an API endpoint in terms of a feasibility report. They lack the expertise to carry out the research and feel the innovation voucher scheme will help achieve this. Due to the scope of the DAIV, we agreed to conduct a feasibility study which we will deliver ahead of the end of funding year (March 2019).

As a result of the call, the DAIV was approved by board members and the work is now taking place with Haider Raza leading on the research project.

The Centre continues to work closely with Essex Police and has been requested to deliver further training post-April 2019 and to deliver future research and data analytics building on this project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Essex Police Training: Introduction to Data Analytics 
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 As part of the strategic vision of Essex Police, the Centre worked with the Essex Police Head of Analysis to design and deliver a training programme to bridge skills gaps within their team of analysts and the data extraction team. This one day session provided foundational training on data analysis, statistics and interpreting data.

This training formed one part of a phased project which saw selected members of the team step onto an intermediate level programme exploring the use of analytics and techniques in R.

Date: 5th November 2018
Format: A one day interactive workshop providing delegates with an overview of data analysis, covering key fundamentals such as hypothesis testing and associated statistics, correlations, single and multi variate analysis and interpreting data.

Eight senior figures attended the workshop, all of whom gave very positive feedback and requested to attend further training with us in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Essex Police Training: Introduction to R (day 2) - cohort 2 - 22nd February 2019 
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 In October 2018, the Centre delivered bespoke training on Natural Language Processing and Sentiment Analysis. The aim of this session was to enable Essex County Council to make better use of its unstructured data to feed into a project on predicting which families re-enter social care and as part of a county-wide strategy.

Building on the success of previous training and in line with the Data Science Team vision, the department are in the process of implementing R Studio. As a result, Essex County Council required introductory level training exploring R to build foundation knowledge of R Studio across its workforce.

ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre facilitated a bespoke training session focused on R. Presented by renowned researchers, 19 delegates benefited from:
• An introduction to R and R Studio
• Different data structures in R, building matrix and arrays
• Importing data from excel, csv, txt
• Creating, amending and exporting dataframes
• For Loops, If Statements
• Coercion of data types
• Statistical analysis techniques and tools
• Functions
• Correlation and regression
• Models such as predictive analysis

The workshop was hands on from the beginning with practical examples throughout.

This was day 2 of a 2 part session.
Feedback was very complementary and Essex County Council have requested that we work with them to identify skills gaps and share best practice around data analytics. This growing relationship has also led to a DAIV project commencing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Essex Police Training: Introduction to R (day one) 
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 As part of the strategic vision of Essex Police, the Centre worked with Essex Police Head of Analysis to design and deliver a training session as part of a series of workshops to bridge skills gaps within their team of analysts and the data extraction team.

This training formed the second part of a phased project which saw selected members of the team step onto an intermediate level programme exploring the use of analytics and techniques in R.

Format
A two-day interactive workshop providing delegates with an overview of R.

Date: 12th November 2018
Session 1 - An Introduction to R
In this session delegates will be introduced to R and R Studio. The workshop will be hands on from the beginning with practical examples throughout. It will be aimed at undergraduate level, an online survey will be used to identify delegates existing level of knowledge.

Course Overview
• An introduction to R and R Studio
• Different data structures in R, building matrix and arrays
• Importing data from excel, csv, txt
• Creating, amending and exporting dataframes
• For Loops, If Statements
• Coercion of data types

All delegates reported that the session had increased their knowledge of R and were interested to explore further collaborative projects in data analysis in 2019.
The head of service was particularly complementary of the bespoke training package and support provided.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Essex Police Training: Introduction to R (day two) 
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 As part of the strategic vision of Essex Police, the Centre worked with Essex Police Head of Analysis to design and deliver a training session as part of a series of workshops to bridge skills gaps within their team of analysts and the data extraction team. This training formed the second part of a phased project which saw selected members of the team step onto an intermediate level programme exploring the use of analytics and techniques in R. Format A two-day interactive workshop providing delegates with an overview of R.
Date: 13th November 2018
Session 2 - Statistical Analysis in R
In this session delegates will be introduced to some basic statistical analysis tools and techniques that can be used within R. It will be aimed at undergraduate level, an online survey will be used to identify delegates existing level of knowledge within this area.

Course Overview
• Recap of session 1
• Statistical analysis techniques and tools
• Functions
• Correlation and regression
• Models such as predictive analysis

This event received very positive feedback from all delegates who gained hands on experience during this bespoke session. The workshop included using Police data with real-life examples included throughout.

One of the outcomes of the training was the head of Department requesting a second cohort in 2019 as well as a refresher session for the beginners in the group.

An additional outcome was the request to explore a collaborative research project funded through the DAIV scheme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Essex Youth Build DAIV Consultation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Essex Youth Build attended two of our workshops in 2019. Following this, the charity contacted the Centre to express an interest in applying for a grant funded data analytics project.

The call focused on the charity's current data collection practices and limitations of paper records. We also discussed the key challenges they face and aims for any data analytics project. We recommended completing a data audit in order to understand what is currently being collected, where it is stored, format and responsible person.

As all records are paper, the Centre advised moving to electronic records for more analytics potential.

The Centre also encouraged the charity to attend future training sessions and workshops in order to continue building their skills sets and digital capacity. The programme of potential topics for 2020 webinars and training was very appealing to the charity's lead and they are keen to register in due course.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Exhibited at Understanding Society Scientific Conference 2017 
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 Engaged with several participants resulting in requests for more information about the BLG DRC Summer School and subsequently enrolled.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Exhibition stand at IADS conference 
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 Exhibition at the conference to raise awareness of the Centre. Engaged with several businesses and discussed potential ways of future collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www1.essex.ac.uk/iads/news_and_seminars/seminars.aspx
 
Description Experimentation Process as part of BLG DRC Summer School 
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 Attendees learnt how to design user-centred experiments, run them, and analyse data from these experiments. They explored design issues pertaining to measurement, scaling, sampling and the important aspects of validity and reliability.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/blgsummerschool2017/
 
Description Facebook 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Publicise our past events with videos, add blogs, promotion of future events and training.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://facebook.com/blgdataresearch
 
Description Financial Stability Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation of academic research on financial innovation. Potential global impact on the management of financial innovation within financial institutions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Fire Break 
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 Borough's broader efforts to make better use of data. Investigate potential areas for collaborative work.
Raised awareness of Centre.
Invited to deliver a training session.
Agreed to further pursue potential projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
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 potent