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.

Organisations

 
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 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 
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 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 
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 Learned Society
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 Allot Ltd 
Organisation Allot Communications Ltd
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
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 Public 
PI Contribution James Cornford is a member of the Centre's Academic Advisory Panel. The Panel has successfully organised an ESRC Seminar Series (Information Sharing In policy and Practice: What else do we have to share when we share information? http://www.ncl.ac.uk/kite/news/esrc_seminars/) and James is working with the Centre to develop a MOOC on Information Sharing. The centre has also facilitated access to a range of other actors including the Chief Fire Officers Association and a number of local authorities.
Collaborator Contribution The Centre has worked to support research bids and to facilitate research access.
Impact None
Start Year 2014
 
Description Clinical relevance ofmolecular markers of colorectal cancer 
Organisation University Hospital Magdeburg
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 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
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, 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
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 GoHinGo 
Organisation GoHinGo Ltd
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 Unknown 
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
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 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 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 Global 
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 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 Charity/Non Profit 
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 '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 Active Network Event - 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. His informative and entertaining talk will be of interest to those involved in producing food or advising food producers. Discussion arose and queries were answered on targeting innovation in agri-food business -SME suppliers of foodstuffs.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Consulation 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 data and effectiveness meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Share information on content within FRS and potential for future research projects. Gained understanding of organisations operating context.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Essex FRS regulation of commercial premises 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discuss potential research into approaches to targeting regulatory activity. Shared information FRS to identify potential data sources.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Essex Natural Capital Asset Check 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Participation in a series of meeting with officials from Essex County Council (led by Deborah Fox, Head of Commissioning, Sustainable Essex: Protection, Essex County Council) and associated NGOs to develop a GIS-based assessment of natural capital in Essex. This initially involved meetings in Colchester and Chelmsford on 27/8/15, 15/9/15 and 26/11/15. Subsequent BLGDRC research has developed a methodology for identifying accessible greenspace that has been tested using existing local authority data for Basildon and is now being expanded into a county-wide dataset that will contribute to the overall assessment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/gis-database-to-be-built-to-assess-the-current-accessible-greenspace-...
 
Description Essex 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 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 potential research project. Ongoing involvement in emerging FireBreak package.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description First Data collaboration 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting to discuss potential collaboration and business engagement opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Follow on Equity Crowdfunding 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Aristogenis Lazos discussed his work with Equity Crowdfunding at the BLG DRC conference. Q & A session followed.

A panel discussion took place following the presentations from the Local Economic Growth stream prompting further questions and discussions from the audience.

A panel discussion took place following the completion of the presentations from the Local Economic Growth stream prompting further questions and audience discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Forecasting with Social Media: Evidence from tweets on soccer matches 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The session sparked questions and discussions - an increase in interest was reported.
The seminar was part of the School of Mathematics at the University of East Anglia and the ESRC funded Business and Local Government Data Research Centre (BLG DRC) cross-faculty seminar series on 'Statistics and Data Science in the Digital Age'. The seminar was given by Dr Alasdair Brown (School of Economics, UEA) .
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Forecasting with Social Media: Evidence from Tweets on soccer matches 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The session sparked questions and discussions - an increase in interest was reported.
The seminar was part of the School of Mathematics at the University of East Anglia and the ESRC funded Business and Local Government Data Research Centre (BLG DRC) cross-faculty seminar series on 'Statistics and Data Science in the Digital Age'. The seminar was given by Dr Alasdair Brown (School of Economics, UEA)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Fulham Good Neighbours DAIV consultation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Following initial contact earlier in the year, the Centre facilitated a consultation with Fulham Good neighbours to explore how the Centre can support them in optimizing impact by undertaking data analytics funded through the DAIV scheme.

The conversation focused on the charity's requirement to reach all those in need equally across Fulham. For instance, are some groups like BME groups under-represented amongst our beneficiaries? Are those living in certain geographical areas under-represented e.g. in ward A there is 1000 over 65 years old and 250 are our beneficiaries but in ward B there is also 1000 over 65 year olds but only 25 of them are on our database?

The Centre needs to use anonymised data provided by the charity to compare them with publicly held data on local older people (e.g. most recent census, NHS data, local authority data).

The charity will then draw conclusions on data so that they know what groups of older people (Output 1) or geographical areas (Output 2) they should prioritise in future marketing.

The outcome of the meeting led to the completion of the application form and consequential board approval for the DAIV work to commence.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Geographical Scales of Information and Data Sharing, Workshop presentation at the ESRC Seminar on Information Sharing, Devolution and Public Service Reform, Manchester Science Park, Kilburn House 
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 Approximately 11-50 attended the session and a number of contacts have been made following the presentation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.ncl.ac.uk/kite/events/esrc-seminars/#about
 
Description Goal 17: Challenge Lab, Consultation and Introduction to Data Analytics 
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 Date: 9th November 2018

Objective of the Workshop
The objective of the session was to bring together the ESCR Business and Local Government Research Centre's researchers, outreach and engagement officer and members of the Goal 17 to explore how data can be used to in the context of the charity sector.
The Challenge Lab focused on the key priorities for the organisation, and allow the team to identify gaps in existing intelligence as well as data collection methods.
By providing an overview of data analytics, the services offered by the Centre and opportunities to use data constructively, we were able to develop research projects that will lead to real-world interventions.

Outcome:
Following the Challenge Lab, the Centre worked with the Goal 17 to identify suitable funding through the data analytics innovation scheme to bring one or more (depending on the feasibility) research projects to fruition.
Through the CEO's strong network, we were also referred to support the Street Soccer Foundation through the DAIV scheme and are planning a research project with this organisation as well.

Following the workshop, we posted a Facebook Live video through the charity's social media channels to an international audience of local businesses, public sector and charities. This captured a wide audience and generated further interest in our work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Government Office for Science seminar on the use of advanced analytics 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Guided the GO-Science approach to analysis for their Foresight project: Analysing the Challenges and Opportunities of an Ageing Society

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

Not aware of any yet.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/event-government-policy-and-big-data/
 
Description Greater Lincolnshire Manufacturing Conference 2016 - Manufacturing in Action: Andrew Fearne, speaker 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 15th September 2016. Food industry attended, along with schools and academics, talk on innovations relating to supply chain, big data and manufacturing in action.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Handling Missing Data Values in Statistical Models 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Stimulated interest

Requests for information
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.blgdataresearchcentre.com/#!handling-missing-data-values/cc0o
 
Description High performance computing and big data conference 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Chairing Big Data stream
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.ukhpc.co.uk/
 
Description Homelessness Monitor launch 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Attended the launch event for the Homelessness Monitor. Engaged in networking with attendees at the event. Raised awareness of the Centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Housing 18 conference Manchester - expert panel discussion 
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 Entitled 'Using data to predict vulnerability' ... exploring data analytics to identify residents facing financial difficulties, and monitoring anti-social behaviour: District Council data. Exploring financial vulnerability and data to help improve health and wellbeing of residents. Debating technology and data collation /analysis methods and the challenges of producing results whilst complying with laws and ethics concerning data sharing and consent monitor data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://cihhousing.com/seminar-programme
 
Description How Complex Network Approaches can Benefit Supply Chain Management 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Dr Guven Demirel delivered a Webinar that gave a brief introduction to complex networks approaches that provide insights on the relationships between the supply network structure and the response to disturbances and disruptions. He investigated dynamical as well as structural properties of supply networks and their implications for stability. Managerial implications were discussed with links to particular case studies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/supplychainwebinar/
 
Description How Machine Learning can assist UN Peacekeeping and Early Warning," at the Pax for Peace Annual Conference "Applying Data for Peacekeeping". 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Luke Abbs presented ideas on how machine learning can be used to predict the location and timing of armed conflict using United Nations (UN) mission report data, known as the Situational Awareness and Geospatial (SAGE) dataset, which complies in-the-field reports from peacekeepers, local partners and informants. This pitch formed forms part of a broad and ongoing project (with Allard Duursma (ETH-Zurich) and John Karlsrud (NUPI)), where we have collaborated with the the UN Operations and Crisis Centre (UNOCC), with the purpose of helping the UNOCC develop greater early warning capabilities, using machine learning techniques and the SAGE data to predict the location and timing of armed in the Central Africa Republic. While the UNOCC has done well in collecting structured data in a centralised location, the UNOCC lacks the analytical capability to analyse fine-grained mission report data from the various UN peacekeeping missions.

This was an important event and has allowed us to: further developing our ongoing relationship with the UN; continue our strategy of confidence building by promoting knowledge and setting expectations of what can be achieved through the use of machine learning; and through outlining our research plans of how we can assist the UNOCC. After the workshop we received SAGE data on the Central African Republic and as the project grows we expect to receive more data from other missions. We have gained access to the SAGE dataset after initially building bridges with the UN's Joint Mission Analysis Centre, who previously gave us access to more limited data on Darfur (Sudan). This reflects our ongoing working relationship.

This presentation also contributed to our engagement with other practitioners and policymakers involved in UN peacekeeping research and policy. For example, since this workshop we have been approached by the Dutch Civil Military Interaction Command (CMIC) concerning the sharing of ideas on UN early warning. We have arranged a meeting with the CMIC in the Hague in April 2019.
This workshop also improve my own (and co-investigator's) knowledge of the UN peacekeeping architecture and the various needs and interests of stakeholders involved at various levels of this complex architecture. For example, we had meetings with those within the UNOCC (based in New York) that work on data collection and analysis. We also met with members of UN Civil Affairs that engage in the political aspects of peacekeeping i.e. mediation and good offices, as well as military and police commanders that have operated in Mali, South Sudan, Darfur and the Central African Republic. All specified detailed interests and ideas on how data analysis could benefit their part of a UN mission architecture.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description IADS: Big Data and Analytics Summer School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A number of researchers and data managers from the Centre taught modules at the Institute for Analytics and Data Science Summer School.

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

Feedback showed that delegates reported an uplift in their knowledge following attendance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/event-big-data-and-analytics-summer-school-2015/
 
Description IBS conference Barcelona. The Ideal Blood Pressure: Assessment of Fixed and Variant Targets over Time in Clinical Trial and Routine Clinical Practice 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Lisanne Gitsels presented her work :The Ideal Blood Pressure: Assessment of Fixed and Variant Targets over Time in Clinical Trial and Routine Clinical Practice.

The audience reported a change in views and there were a number of requests for further information/involvement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL https://www.biometricsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/PROGRAMA-IBC-V11-FINAL.pdf
 
Description IDA 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact R Skeggs presented a project proposal around the use of natural language for searching multiple respositories.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.dcs.bbk.ac.uk/ida2017/
 
Description IDA 2017 conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact R Skeggs was invited to present his paper 'Federated Searching with Natural Language Interface to Database' at a big data research conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.dcs.bbk.ac.uk/ida2017/pages/IDA2017programmeOnline.pdf
 
Description IEEE Big Data Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Our researchers delivered a presentation at the IEEE Big Data Conference in the special session on Data Mining to present the findings from their research paper "Event detection from Social Network Streams Using Frequent Pattern Mining with Dynamic Support Values"
The paper was also published in the IEEE Proceedings of the Conference: Alkhamees, N. and Fasli, M. (2016) Event Detection from Social Network Streams Using Frequent Pattern Mining with Dynamic Support Values. In Proceedings of the Special Session in Data Mining, IEEE Big Data Conference, pp. 1670- 1679
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://cci.drexel.edu/bigdata/bigdata2016/SpecialSession.html#SpecialSession1
 
Description IMGS May 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact UEA staff delivered presentation at this conference for medical geographers. It was an opportunity to raise awareness and seek comments on the work from other professionals.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description INSITE workshop 
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 Pr. Marco Giarratana spoke about the history of research on product diversification and how the availability of big data in the form of supermarket bar code data had greatly enriched the debate and allowed researchers to ask new questions about the link between managerial resources and product diversification strategies.

In the discussions that followed, audience reported a change in their opinions and views.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description IPO 
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 Presentation about alternative appropriability strategies. Has generated a research project with BLG.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description ISCB conference presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact LG presented our research on the outcomes of blood pressure targets in clinical trial versus primary care setting. 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 ISER conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Awareness raising at ISER event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Improving Public Service Delivery through Open Data - Inside Government Debate 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor Maria Fasli chaired a panel discussion held by Inside Government about improving public service delivery through open data. The panel discussion encouraged debate on the panel and in the audience.

The discussion encouraged debate and lead to a number of leads for the Centre
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.insidegovernment.co.uk/event-details/open-data-innovation/458
 
Description Improving and Assessing the Effectiveness and Engagement Communications for Free Support Services 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Jim Vine presented at the BLG DRC Conference. During the ensuing panel discussion some interesting questions were raised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Infiniti 2018 Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact June 2018. JC presented and chaired a 3-paper session on Crowdfunding, discussed one of the presentations, and made a presentation on Follow-on Equity Crowdfunding in the UK.

A discussant made some helpful comments and there were a number of queries and suggestions from the audience. One outcome of the presentation was an invitation to present a paper on crowdfunding as a keynote speaker in January 2019 in monthly seminar series of OCRE-Observatory and Research Center on Entrepreneurship EDC Paris Business School.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://infiniticonference.com/2018-conference-poznan/
 
Description Information sharing for Smart places 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Seminar: What kinds of information sharing for what kinds of places.
Activity sparked discussion and developed new relationships leading to new collaborations on academic topics. The audience also reported changed in views, opinions, behavious.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.ncl.ac.uk/kite/esrc_seminars/seminar3.htm
 
Description International Federation of Classification Societies 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact IFCS is the International Federation of Classification Societies which is a federation of learned societies on Data Science, Data Analysis and Statistics.
Berthold Lausen became president elect of the IFCS.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://ifcs.info
 
Description International Medical Geography Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 60 people attended a session which sparked questions and discussions - an increase in interest was reported.

Oral presentation, followed by questions to around 30 people attending a medical geography conference. Abstract in conference programme read by more people. Some discussion before / after the conference with other practitioners. The intended outcomes were to obtain comments from other professionals in order to discuss the project prior to preparing a journal article and prior to a further oral presentation to public health practitioners / strategiests.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.irdes.fr/imgs2017/
 
Description Into Uncharted Waters: Big and Open Data Governance in care sector in England, Presentation to the Australia New Zealand School of Government workshop on Big and Open Data, Melbourne 
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 2016
URL https://www.monash.edu/business/management/research/research-projects/big-and-open-data-governing-in...
 
Description Investment, Funding and Industrial Policy seminar - 3 November 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 fvujghlhn
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited topic session at DSSV2017, Lisbon, July 2017 
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 Organiser of Invited topic session at DSSV2017, Lisbon, July 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://iasc-isi.org/dssv2017/speakers/invited-speakers/
 
Description Islington Borough Council - training event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact R Skeggs presented an introductory training session on 'R' to upskill the analysts at Islington BC. Following the session, they were committed to using 'R' going forward.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Islington Borough Council - training event 2 
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 R Skeggs presented an intermediate training session on 'R' to improve the knowledge and skills of analysts at Islington BC. Following the session, they were committed to using 'R' going forward.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Islington Borough Council - training event 3 
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 R Skeggs presented an introductory training session on SQL to upskill the analysts at Islington BC. Following the session, they were committed to using SQL in their daily working going forward.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Islington Borough Council - training event 4 
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 R Skeggs presented an intermediate training session on SQL to improve the knowledge and upskill the analysts at Islington BC. Following the session, they were committed to using SQL in their daily working going forward.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Joint Statistical Meeting DAGstat2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Major conference in statistics, data analysis and applications.
As co-chair of the programme committee, Berthold Lausen contributed to the scientific programme of the conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/485701.html
 
Description Journal of World Business Paper Development Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Essex Business School and the British Academy of Management, International Business/International Management Special Interest Group present the Journal of World Business Paper Development Workshop, 10-11 April 2018.

The PDW provided developmental feedback to scholars and doctoral students on research projects that are at relatively advanced stages of development, and encouraged them to further develop quality research papers on issues that are of relevance to JWB.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.essex.ac.uk/events/2018/04/10/journal-of-world-business-paper-development-workshop
 
Description Journal of World Business Paper Development Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We are delighted that a number of our researchers will be taking part in The Journal of World Business a paper development workshop.

The workshop will provide feedback to academics who are at an advanced stage in their research. It will also encourage further development of research papers that would be of relevance to the journal.

The workshop will be led by the Journal of World Business senior editorial team of Co- Editors-in-Chief Jonathan Doh and David Collings, Deputy Editor Ajai Gaur, and Senior Editor Ulf Andersson, along with other established scholars from journal's editorial team and BAM International Business/International Management Special Interest Group.

It will also include a selection of presentations by academics on publishing strategies and techniques, as well as in-depth feedback on submitted papers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/event-journal-of-world-business-paper-development-workshop/
 
Description KTP consultation with Retail Data Partnership 
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 Consultation with Retail Data Partnership regarding potential KTP
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Kent County Council Homecare supply / demand analysis 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussed Council's appetite to share data for research into Homecare. Council agreed to provide data for research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Kent County and District Councils 
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 workshop with representatives of KCC and several districts representing housing, energy, health, etc. Provided guidance and input. Further discussions arranged and asked for ad hoc information guidance on various issues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Kings College, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussion about funding cuts in local governments. Impact - changing views on the impact of funding cuts on the operations of local governments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description LARIA East Meeting - Vulnerability among new council tenants 
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 Co-hosted the LARIA East Autumn meeting. Presentations were a range of collaborative partnership projects between academics and local authorities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://laria.org.uk/t-event/laria-east-event
 
Description LARIA conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact JV attended and spoke at conference. Raised awareness of BLG Centre. Further discussions arranged.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description LARIA conference 
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 Exhibited and networked at the two day conference to raise awareness of the Centre amongst conference participants and discuss how we can work with them.
Participants were particularly interested in our DAIV's and training activities as well as collaboration on research projects.

Made a number of contacts from various locations in the UK which have since been followed up; resulting in applications for DAIV's and requested for further involvement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.cvent.com/events/laria-annual-conference-2017/event-summary-d4cb5ee29918438ab13081b77793a...
 
Description LGA Business Rates investigation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To identify research projects of interest to the LGA
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description LGA Business Rates research design 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Further design work on approach to Business Rate Retention research that would generate valuable insight for future scheme implementation. Examined detailed research design questions. Identified and discussed important challenges. LGA sought further data and other information that would help to overcome barriers / challenges.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description LGA Business Rates research design 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Design approach to Business Rate Retention research that would genrate valuable insight for future scheme implementation. Developed broad approach. Identified research that would have particular potential for influencing design of national policy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description LGA Funding Formula project 
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 Discussed details of data acquisition and made plans for analysis. Further discussions have been arranged to develop plans.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description LGA/MHCLG Tecnhical Working Group 
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 Presented findings of research into the current funding formula system for local government in England. Intended to inform design of future funding formula system, due to replace current one.
Raised awareness of Centre and of research findings. Too soon to tell whether new funding system will reflect the lessons from this research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.local.gov.uk/topics/finance-and-business-rates/business-rates-retention
 
Description Language Resources and Evaluation Conference in Myazaki, Japan 7-11 May 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Jon Chamberlain presented his paper on Scalable Visualisation of Sentiment and Stance at conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://lrec2018.lrec-conf.org/en/
 
Description Launch of IV event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Launched Innovation Vouchers to academics to raise the profile of the voucher scheme and explain potential research funding and data opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Leveraging Big Data for Computer Vision Applications 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Zeba Khanan presented at the BLG DRC conference on behalf of Pr Klaus McDonald-Maier.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Leveraging big data for computer vision applications 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Zeba Khanan presented on behalf of Pr Klaus McDonald-Maier at the BLG DRC conference.

A panel discussion took place at the end of the methodology presentations which prompted questions and further discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Bsz4VGWvdE
 
Description LinkedIn 
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 Promotes the Centre's business focussed research and relevant activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://linkedin.com/company/business-and-local-government-data-research-centre
 
Description Local Area Research & Intelligence Assoc (East) Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Led to a further meeting about training that the Centre could offer as well as requests about further participation or involvement.

Established links with LARIA.
Established a link with Suffolk District Council which has resulted in an offer of LG data.
Publicised our training plans.
Web publicity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://laria.org.uk/2015/02/laria-east-jan-2015-event-summary/
 
Description Local Business Presentation (Parkside Mixer) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Centre's Outreach and Engagement Coordinator presented at the University of Essex Buesiness networking event to raise awareness of the services we offer to SME's, including information about our Data Analytics Innovation Vouchers and training programmes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Local Government Association 
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 Presentation about finances in local government. Has generated a research project with BLG.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Logistics 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 Presentation to discuss new business models within the logistics industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description London Borough of Islington 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Training staff on 'What Works' evidence of the effectiveness of interventions. Raised awareness of BLG Centre and appreciation of techniques available. Following this session, JV has been approached for ad hoc advice on supporting LB Islington on various other projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description London Borough of Islington 
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 Responding to Borough's query about potential research into impact of forthcoming legislative changes.
Raised awareness of Centre. Gained understanding of Borough's operating context.
Invited to contribute feedback to project design. My subsequent feedback was warmly received.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description London Borough of Islington support 
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 Informal support and guidance to council officers regarding potential approaches to outcomes-based budgeting and test/learn approach. Provided guidance and support. Raised awareness of the Centre. Audience felt better informed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Machine Learning Ensemble Methods and Applications 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A cross-faculty seminar at UEA which was open to the public and led by EK, 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.

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 Making Families Fast and Slow, Workshop session for UEA Qualitative Research Symposium 2017: Diversities in modern families and households: challenges and opportunities for qualitative research. 
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 Approximately 11-50 attended the session and a number of contacts have been made following the presentation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.uea.ac.uk/health-sciences/school-seminars/uea-qualitative-research-symposium
 
Description Making sense of big data in the logistics industry (North Essex) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation to representatives from regional logistics companies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Making sense of big data in the logistics industry (South Essex) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Workshop with representative from regional logistics companies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Mapping green infrastructure for ECC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact As part of the Essex Natural Capital Asset BLGDRC researchers worked with Essex County Council staff to create a more consistent and spatially detailed digital map of green infrastructure in Essex. This was done by integrating a number of digital map data sources (e.g. from Ordnance Survey, Natural England and OpenStreetMap) within a Geographical Information System (GIS). The process and results are described in a BLGDRC working paper and have been presented at two workshops with local authority and NGO participants. The data are currently being used by the county council as evidence to support their Growth and Infrastructure Plan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Measuring Disadvantage in Rural Populations 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Amanda Burke presented at the BLG DRC Conference in November 2019. There were questions posed by the audience relating to the presentation. Delegates discussed certain aspects of the paper during a networking session. Further impact is possible, in addition to topic development between AB and a colleague.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18Sb-vq_RYU
 
Description Media coverage with partner Universities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Met with public relations professionals across partner Universities to raise the media profile of the Centre.
Planned potential media activities and news stories across the University partners moving forward.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Meeting to demonstrate the adaption of the modelling of the decline of Colchester High Street 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Director of Regeneration and Business Development - Southend Borough Council,wasgiven ademonstration of the model,which could beadapedtomodel the decline of Southend High Street and equally could be adapted to model the effects of leisure and tourism in the high street.

A follow up demonstration has been arranged to meet the Borough Council's management team to discuss the modeland its potential applications to help support th regeneration plans for the area.

The model would allow the council to carry out what-if analysis, test pricing sensitivity e.g. car park charges; undertake predictive and trend analysis and identify declining areas and to make earlier remedial interventions. Notwithstanding using the model in public planning meetings to visually demonstate the AS-ISandTO-BE proposed regeneration changes.

The audience reported changed opinions and there were requests about further participation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with Jane Mower, Estates Project Manager, NHS North East Essex 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Following AB's presentation on the work of the group to the staff meeting of the NHS North East Essex CCG, JM invited AB in to discuss a possible DAIV relating to Estates, NHS infrastructure and the impact of changing demographics and a growing population. There was a feeling that the Centre might be able to provide an initial idea (review/forecasting) on the available data to inform decisions to meet these challenges.

JM will meet with partners to discuss the DAIV programme and will have met with all interested partners by the end of September.

JM left a number of materials expanding on the background of the work with AB to familiarise himself with, and to share with colleagues.

AB left a paper copy of the application form with JM and will send a digital copy to them. AB will begin scouting for a partner academic to complete the work and continue to speak with JM and the CCG to hone in on a tailored and focused DAIV.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with board members of My Home Life to discuss how the Centre can support the organisation in analysing its impact and/or how to more effectively collect data to measure impact in the future 
Form Of Engagement Activity A