Smart Data Analytics for Business and Local Government

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

Abstract

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

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

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

Planned Impact

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

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Publications

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Aleryani A; (2018) Dealing with Missing Data and Uncertainty in the Context of Data Mining in Hybrid Artificial Intelligence Systems

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Salhi, A; Data privacy and a case study in cluster analysis in Not yet published

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

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Coakley J (2019) Credit default swaps and the UK 2008-09 short sales ban in The European Journal of Finance

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

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Degl'Innocenti Marta; (2018) Competition and risk-taking in investment banking in unknown

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Coakley J; (2016) Commodity futures returns: more memory than you might think in The European Journal of Finance

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Makhlouf Y (2017) Child mortality, commodity price volatility and the resource curse. in Social science & medicine (1982)

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Kellard N; (2017) Child Mortality, Commodity Price Volatility and the Resource Curse in Social Science and Medicine

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

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

 
Description Big Data Consultation
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Citation in research paper
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Citation in systematic reviews
 
Description Citation in research paper Andrew Lovett
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Citation in systematic reviews
 
Description Input to Essex County Council Growth and Infrastructure Plan for Essex
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact Potential improved accessibility of public services
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/portfolio-item/integrating-spatial-data-sources-to-develop-a-represen...
 
Description MHCLG Committee in Parliament: Inquiry on LG Finance and 2019 spending review (JV)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Survival prospects after acute myocardial infarction in the UK: a matched cohort study 1987-201
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Citation in clinical reviews
URL https://www.magonlinelibrary.com/doi/ref/10.12968/hmed.2017.78.3.128
 
Description Whole Essex information sharing framework
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in advisory committee
 
Description Written evidence accepted for Treasury Select Committee on SME Finance (Jerry Coakley)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/treasury-committee/...
 
Description Written evidence accepted for Treasury Select Committee on SME Finance (Jerry Coakley, Claudia Girardone, Mingchen Sun)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/treasury-committee/...
 
Description 1.0. Stockholm & Cornell Universities Conference on International Studies Travel Grant. (For the 4th Annual Conference on International Studies in the 21st Century), University of Stockholm.
Amount € 300 (EUR)
Organisation Stockholm University 
Sector Academic/University
Country Sweden
Start 06/2018 
End 06/2018
 
Description American Political Science Association (APSA) Travel Grant
Amount $400 (USD)
Organisation American Political Science Association 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United States
Start 08/2018 
End 08/2018
 
Description An investigation of the implementation in England of the first regulatory framework for long-term foster care as a permanence option
Amount £120,548 (GBP)
Organisation Nuffield Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2018 
End 05/2020
 
Description BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant Competition 2016-17
Amount £9,949 (GBP)
Funding ID SG163445 
Organisation The British Academy 
Department British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2017 
End 09/2018
 
Description Business and Local Government Data Research Centre
Amount £1,220,549 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/S007156/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 01/2022
 
Description CFOA Integrated Data Research Programme
Amount £13,722 (GBP)
Funding ID UEA R204242 
Organisation Chief Fire Officers Associaton (CFOA) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2016 
End 01/2017
 
Description Capital Underspend
Amount £70,000 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 03/2016
 
Description Catalyst
Amount £2,500,000 (GBP)
Organisation Higher Education Funding Council for England 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 09/2018
 
Description ESRC STRATEGIC NETWORKS
Amount £70,000 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 12/2016
 
Description From care, to adoption, to parenting: a two generation study of identity, risk and resilience in adoptive families
Amount £371,615 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/R004145/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2018 
End 11/2020
 
Description Further research has been funded under ESRC IAF at UEA. This aims to accelerate the collaborative research work adult social care and knowledge transfer (UEA and a local authority).
Amount £22,035 (GBP)
Organisation University of East Anglia 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 03/2019
 
Description HEIF Impact Funding and ESRC IAA funding (EK)
Amount £4,000 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2017 
End 07/2018
 
Description Invitation to tender: Research on reunification of children from care
Amount £15,000 (GBP)
Organisation Action For Children 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2020 
End 12/2020
 
Description Islamic Relief
Amount £0 (GBP)
Organisation University of Essex 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2017 
End 12/2018
 
Description Knowledge Transfer Partnership
Amount £144,000 (GBP)
Organisation Hood Group Ltd 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 10/2019
 
Description MSX International - KTP
Amount £147,000 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2017 
End 03/2020
 
Description Mondaq - KTP
Amount £118,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 509967 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2016 
End 12/2019
 
Description Objective Computing - KTP
Amount £98,000 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2017 
End 01/2020
 
Description Orbital Media - KTP
Amount £122,000 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2016 
End 02/2020
 
Description PVC (research) Infrastructure Fund 2015/16
Amount £25,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Essex 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2015 
End 07/2016
 
Description Preqin - KTP
Amount £112,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 511071 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2017 
End 08/2019
 
Description Productivity Insight Network
Amount £0 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 01/2021
 
Description Profusion - KTP
Amount £124,000 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2017 
End 07/2020
 
Description Regionalising adoption in Yorkshire and Humberside: a research project
Amount £49,937 (GBP)
Funding ID R203645 
Organisation Barnardo's 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2016 
End 04/2017
 
Description UEA ESRC Impact Accelerator Account: Big Data Theme
Amount £683,452 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/M500525/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2015 
End 03/2018
 
Description Use of Big Health and Actuarial Data for Understanding Longevity and Morbidity Risks
Amount £788,000 (GBP)
Organisation Institute and Faculty of Actuaries 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2016 
End 04/2020
 
Title Essex councils' expenditure greater than £500 F/Y 2014/15 
Description Data was collected from Essex councils' monthly returns made available on each council's web site. Where data was missing it was requested and made available under a Freedom of Information request. It was collated in Excel. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2014 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Not aware of any impact to date 
URL http://www.blgdataresearchcentre.com/#!data-catalogue/c1pkn
 
Title FAME 
Description Financial data on companies 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Not aware 
URL https://fame.bvdinfo.com/version-20171127/Search.QuickSearch.serv?_CID=0&context=325QBXAEOKF8VXJ
 
Title Indices of Deprivation 
Description Indices of deprivation 2010 by local authority down to lower super output area code 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact None yet 
URL http://www.blgdataresearchcentre.com/#!data-catalogue/c1pkn
 
Title Insolvencies in Colchester 
Description Insolvencies in Colchester Borough Council area 2004 - 2013. File type xlsx 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact None yet 
URL http://www.blgdataresearchcentre.com/#!data-catalogue/c1pkn
 
Title Natural England GIS data 
Description Natural England GIS data sets covering: Ancient Woodland, Nature Reserves, Special areas of conservation, SSI Units, Environmental Stewardship, Special Protection Areas, Wetland Ramsar Sites. File type .kml.id.tab.dat.map 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact none yet 
URL http://www.blgdataresearchcentre.com/#!data-catalogue/c1pkn
 
Title Natural England GIS data (impact update) 
Description Natural England GIS data sets covering: Ancient Woodland, Nature Reserves, Special areas of conservation, SSI Units, Environmental Stewardship, Special Protection Areas, Wetland Ramsar Sites. File type .kml.id.tab.dat.map 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2014 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Essex County Council used the data in support of their regional growth strategy. More recently they have asked about using a newer version of the database to support the development of the green infrastructure strategy for Essex this year. UEA researcher gave a presentation on the green infrastructure work at the GIS Research UK at the University of Leicester in April. A senior staff member from Ordnance Survey was in the audience and this has led to an invitation to give a seminar at OS. This could lead on to other things but it is not clear what these might be yet. 
 
Title Ofcom Broadband data 
Description Postcode level data from 2013 in csv. format 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact none yet 
URL http://www.blgdataresearchcentre.com/#!data-catalogue/c1pkn
 
Description A* Research Agency, visit by Prof Fasli 
Organisation Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
Country Singapore 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Prof Fasli, PI and Director of the BLG DRC, visited A* Research Agency in March 2019. Prof Fasli had visited briefly before and at the time a number of areas for collaboration were identified. Prof Fasli delivered a talk and also held meetings with a number of Researchers as well as staff that are working on research and development projects with industry. A brief visit also followed in August 2019 by Prof Fasli.
Collaborator Contribution A number of researchers working in applications of data science techniques and analytics to public policy and socio-economic problems and challenges met with Prof Fasli and discussed their work and opportunities for collaboration or learning from each other's work or conducting parallel studies.
Impact This partnership is multi-disciplinary involving social scientists and computer scientists and practitioners.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Allot Ltd 
Organisation Allot Communications Ltd
Country Israel 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution To work with Allot Ltd to identify the environmental data and information required to support Green finance initiative for financial industries. We want to develop a data platform that can store environmental data and produce information out of it to support Green finance initiative by G20, UNEP and Bank of England.
Collaborator Contribution Data sharing
Impact Ongoing
Start Year 2018
 
Description An investigation of rural-urban food sales in England and Wales. 
Organisation Retail Data Partnership Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Retail Data Partnership is interested in academic collaboration to provide insight into novel methodologies for analysing the data they collect as well as evidencing the benefit of the data from a societal perspective. We will be working with their data to examine rural-urban contrast in food sales in the stores they provide. We will also visit the organisation and run a training session to help upskill their staff in the data analysis methods used.
Collaborator Contribution The Retail Data Partnership are providing point of sale data covering 2,500 stores in England and Wales. They are also providing advice on the interpretation of the data and will assist with the dissemination of project findings via their commercial dissemination network.
Impact In terms of outputs, a peer-reviewed journal article will be produced based on this work. The Retail Data Partnership will also disseminate findings via their network. In terms of outcomes, this research will generate new insights to inform food policy. Researchers at the University of East Anglia plan to visit the Retail Data Partnership to share expertise.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Business Travel Market 
Organisation London Southend Airport
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research team has prepared an overview of the proposed project
Collaborator Contribution None
Impact Project overview has been created
Start Year 2016
 
Description CMA/UEA Care Homes 
Organisation Competition and Markets Authority
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Provided expert opinion on 1) economics of the Care Home market and 2) preliminary analysis of dynamics of the Care Home market.
Collaborator Contribution Set out background to CAM study of the Care Home market, issues to be discussed and exchange of preliminary analysis.
Impact Partnership strengthened and is on-going.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Cambridgeshire County Council 
Organisation Cambridgeshire County Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution To support the redevelopment of the pupil forecasting approach used by the Cambridgeshire County Council for pupil place planning.
Collaborator Contribution Data Sharing
Impact Ongoing
Start Year 2017
 
Description Cambridgeshire Insight 
Organisation Cambridgeshire County Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Joint research projects and data sharing.
Collaborator Contribution Data sharing
Impact n/a
Start Year 2015
 
Description Centre of Excellence in Inforamtion Sharing Academic Panel 
Organisation Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution James Cornford is a member of the Centre's Academic Advisory Panel. The Panel has successfully organised an ESRC Seminar Series (Information Sharing In policy and Practice: What else do we have to share when we share information? http://www.ncl.ac.uk/kite/news/esrc_seminars/) and James is working with the Centre to develop a MOOC on Information Sharing. The centre has also facilitated access to a range of other actors including the Chief Fire Officers Association and a number of local authorities.
Collaborator Contribution The Centre has worked to support research bids and to facilitate research access.
Impact None
Start Year 2014
 
Description Clinical relevance ofmolecular markers of colorectal cancer 
Organisation University Hospital Magdeburg
Country Germany 
Sector Hospitals 
PI Contribution Pr Berthold Lausen collaboration with Prof/Dr. Roland S. Croner, Klinik fur Allgemein-Viszeral, Gefass und Transplantationschirurgie
Collaborator Contribution unknown
Impact unknown
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration with Essex County Council 
Organisation Essex County Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Collaborating with Essex County Council to provide data analysis and input for the Green Infrastructure Strategy that they are currently developing. The most recent meeting was in Chelmsford on 18th July 2018. The next will be on 28th August 2018. Work undertaken as part of the Green Infrastructure theme is also relevant to a current collaboration with Norfolk County Council to develop a method to value their recreation trails
Collaborator Contribution Provision of data for analysis.
Impact Still active
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration with Essex County Council on Green Essex Strategy 
Organisation Essex County Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution ESRC BLGDRC researchers at UEA used the green infrastructure databases and GIS methods developed during the research programme to undertake additional analyses and produce a report in support of the Green Essex Strategy being developed by Essex County Council. The strategy went out for consultation in May-July 2019 and is now being finalised.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provided guidance on key questions to be addressed and support in obtaining additional data (e.g. on urban development plans within local authorities). They also commented on drafts of the report which helped to ensure that local details were correct.
Impact Apart from the material included in the Green Essex Strategy itself the work attracted attention from Natural England and resulted in a request to submit an Expression of Interest to participate as a trial location for the National Framework of Green Infrastructure Standards. In February 2020 we received confirmation that Natural England would like to include Essex as part of the trial programme and this work will take place between May 2020 and February 2021. BLGDRC researchers at UEA will continue to collaborate with Essex County Council staff as part of the trial workshops and other activities.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Collaboration with N. Arranz (UNED) 
Organisation National University of Distance Education
Country Spain 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Research collaboration includes the study of joint R&D projects, R&D networks, and complexity of technological systems. As a consequence of this collaboration, we are co-authors of numerous papers published in the British Journal of Management, IEEE Transaction Engineering Management, Complexity, Technovation, Emergence: Organization and Complexity, Studies in Higher Education, Technological Forecasting Social Change, International Small Business Journal, Journal Enterprise Information Management and Industry and Higher Education
Collaborator Contribution Conducted numerous researches and publications in collaboration
Impact Arranz, F. Ubierna, M. F. Arroyabe, C. Perez, JC Fdez. de Arroyabe (2016). The effect of tourism education on students' entrepreneurial vocation. Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism. Article published online / DOI:10.1080/15022250.2016.1157035 N. Arranz, F. Ubierna, M. F. Arroyabe, C. Perez, JC.Fdez. de Arroyabe (2016). The effect of curricular and extracurricular activities on university students' entrepreneurial intention and competences. Studies Higher Education. Article published online/ DOI:10.1080/03075079.2015.1130030 N. Arranz, M. F. Arroyabe, JC Fdez. de Arroyabe (2016). Alliance building process as inhibing factor for SME international alliances. British Journal Management 27(3), 497-515. A. Maiz, N. Arranz, JC. Fdez. de Arroyabe (2016) . Factors affecting social interaction on Social Network Sites: The Facebook Case. Journal Enterprise Information Management 29(5), 1-19.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Collaboration with Xiamen University, China 
Organisation Xiamen University
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Jerry Coakley is collaborating with Dr Zhe Shen of Xiamen University, China and Prof Ana Maria Fuertes Cass on "Media Tone, Investor Demand, and Underpricing in Chinese IPOs." Target journal: Journal of Corporate Finance (ABS 4 ranked).
Collaborator Contribution Dr Shen is providing the data and epertise on the operational details Chinese IPOs.
Impact Target journal: Journal of Corporate Finance (ABS 4 ranked).
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration with York University, Ontario, Canada 
Organisation York University Toronto
Country Canada 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Jerry Coakley and Aris Lazos are collecting data for collaboration with Prof Douglas Cumming, York University, Ontario Canada on a paper on "A secondary market in equity crowdfunded shares". They now have gained access to the Crunchbase dataset and are waiting for Francisco the Seedrs Data Analyst to supply data on their secondary market activities which they plan to make available in the Autumn. Target journal: Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (ABS 4 ranked)
Collaborator Contribution tbc
Impact Not yet
Start Year 2018
 
Description Complementarity in Innovation Protection 
Organisation Intellectual Property Office (IPO)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Cleaning of data; analysis of data; writing of paper for presentation at the Shard in London
Collaborator Contribution Providing of data
Impact Paper: Having a second string to the bow: Patenting and informal protection strategies in the face of technological competition
Start Year 2017
 
Description Data Mapping working group 
Organisation Knowledge Transfer Network
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Imparting dataset knowledge on Local Economic Growth
Collaborator Contribution None
Impact None yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description East Sussex Highways 
Organisation East Sussex County Council
Department East Sussex Highways
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution 1.) To produce algorithms that will track and present trends in asset deterioration. 2.) To analyse and understand the impact and interdependency one highway asset has with another highway asset.
Collaborator Contribution Data Sharing
Impact Ongoing
Start Year 2017
 
Description Essex County Council - Essex Centre for Data Analytics (ECDA) 
Organisation Essex County Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Researchers in the BLG DRC will be working together with analysts in Essex County Council as part of a high level collaboration between Essex County Council, Essex Police and the University of Essex. Researchers will be contributing their socio-economic and data science expertise in formulating projects to tackle challenging problems in the region and subsequently working with analysts in a collaborative way to undertake these projects.
Collaborator Contribution Essex County Council analysts and professionals including policy makers, have domain knowledge and expertise and access to data for the county's citizens. They can help the Researchers in the BLG DRC to interpret findings coming out of analysis and also identify ways that these findings can feed into policy changes or support the ECC's decision making.
Impact The collaboration is multi-disciplinary and involves, social scientists, social care experts, computer scientists and data analysts. We have not got results out of any project yet, hence there are currently on outputs/outcomes to report.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Essex County Council, Lovett and Sunnenberg 
Organisation Essex County Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Providing data and analysis to inform the Essex Green Infrastructure Strategy. Meeting held in Chelmsford on 28th August, phone conferences on 5th September, 13th September and 20th September.
Collaborator Contribution Access to data.
Impact Unknown
Start Year 2018
 
Description GCGP LEP 
Organisation Greater Cambridgeshire and Greater Peterborough LEP
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution To combine many data sources, review and produce visual and numerical data that would enable GCGP policy makers to estimate impact and determine gaps in policy making to guide the development and delivery of future programmes.
Collaborator Contribution Data sharing
Impact Ongoing
Start Year 2017
 
Description George Mason University DataLab Collaboration 
Organisation George Mason University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The BLG DRC and the DataLab based at George Mason University (Washington DC) held a joint workshop to explore the challenges and opportunities of working with the public sector and businesses in relation to data science and analytics and policy making.
Collaborator Contribution A research workshop was held at the DataLab based at George Mason University (Washington DC) and presentations by researchers on both sides were delivered on key work undertaken. The workshop involved researchers coming from social sciences, policy support, computer science and social care. Interactive discussion sessions followed and opportunities for further work were discussed.
Impact This collaboration has led to the BLG DRC being invited by George Mason University and MetroLab to be an Associate Partner in an NSF Network bid, but the outcome of this is not known yet. This is a multi-disciplinary collaboration involving social scientists, policy support researchers, computer scientists and social care researchers.
Start Year 2019
 
Description GoHinGo 
Organisation GoHinGo Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution DAIV awarded to assist GoHinGo in the research, implementation of a database and specific marketing activities to support the growing business.
Collaborator Contribution Access to data
Impact Ongoing
Start Year 2018
 
Description Hoppily 
Organisation Hoppily Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Analysis of data
Collaborator Contribution Data sharing
Impact None yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description IBM/UEA Workshops on Transforming Social Care 
Organisation IBM
Department IBM UK Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Contributed to identification of personas and business problems to work on with IBM to identify solutions to aid transforming social care.
Collaborator Contribution Led workshops and steered discussions towards next steps.
Impact Partnership strengthened and is on-going.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Innovation and Copycat behaviour in equity crowdfunding & A secondary market in equity crowdfunded shares 
Organisation Florida Atlantic University
Department School of Urban and Regional Planning
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Jerry Coakley and Aris Lazos are collaborating with Prof Douglas Cumming, Florida Atlantic University on two papers on "Innovation and copycat behaviour in equity crowdfunding" and "A secondary market in equity crowdfunded shares". We have a dataset 2011-2018 for the first paper and this is in progress. Seedrs stated in Autumn 2018 that they need more time for this market to develop before they would agree to releasing the data.
Collaborator Contribution Prof Cumming's contribution is his theoretical expertise since he is one of the world's leading authorities on equity crowfunding.
Impact Target journals: Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (ABS 4 ranked); Journal of Corporate Finance (ABS 4 ranked).
Start Year 2018
 
Description NALEP 
Organisation Local Enterprise Partnerships
Department New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Report to show NALEP how the growing business fund grant has contributed (or not) to the growth and success of the businesses which have applied for the grant, looking in particular at: • GVA • productivity • increase in staff • increase in turnover/profitability
Collaborator Contribution Data Sharing
Impact Ongoing
Start Year 2017
 
Description Norwich City Council 
Organisation Norwich City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We have worked with Norwich City Council to identify data and to create a data sharing agreement. We have done preliminary analysis which had led to questions about this data and requirement for further data which was obtained after meeting with the concil. We are now in the process of creating an analysis and will meet with Norwich City Council to present this preliminary findings at the end of March (TBA) and to decide on next steps.
Collaborator Contribution Norwich City Council The UEA have partnered with Norwich City Council to analyse routine administrative data that the latter collect for the purpose of informing their practice in supporting new council tenants.
Impact Presentation at LARIA conference at UEA, 6th December 2017. It is intended that this work will result in a report for the council that will inform its practice and in a research paper in a peer reviewed publication
Start Year 2016
 
Description Poplar HARCA data analysis 
Organisation Poplar HARCA
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Working with Poplar HARCA to scope out projects of interest
Collaborator Contribution Collaborating to identify projects that would provide beneficial insights to the organisation
Impact Work in progress
Start Year 2017
 
Description Project with Centrepoint 
Organisation Centrepoint
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We have developed a methodology to address missing data
Collaborator Contribution Technical support to the research. Supplied data.
Impact Report published in September 2017 - prediction model for imputation of missing values of youth homelessness provided by the local authorities in England.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Public Health England Rural Health Working Group 
Organisation Public Health England
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We are members of the Public Health England Rural Health Working group. We attend regular (3 monthly) meetings, either in person or via Skype. We are working with local authority data (mostly via Norfolk County Council) to produce a refined measure of rural deprivation that may be used by Public Health England for service planning.
Collaborator Contribution Provide feedback and facilitate data provision. Will be useful when it comes to impact as there is the potential for the project outputs to be used in public health service planning
Impact Output this far is a prototype measure of rural disadvantage (a statistical index) computed for the county of Norfolk. This is still in development.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Research project with Cambridge City Council 
Organisation Cambridge City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Worked on the information systems procedures used by Cambs CC.
Collaborator Contribution Provided the data to conduct the analysis
Impact Not yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description Rural Health 
Organisation Public Health England
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The UEA team have worked in collaboration with Public Health England to develop a Rural Deprivation Index. This has been an ongoing consultative project through which the index has been developed, with a PHE formed group (the Rural TC) acting as a sounding board, offering comment and advice. The PHE lead for this project as also organised to speaking events at which UEA staff have presented.
Collaborator Contribution UEA have done most of the development and analysis work for this project, PHE have acted as advisory partners, but have also helped raise awareness of the work and disseminate it through two speaking events, and by making reference to UEA in a publication that was subsequently widely reported in the press.
Impact UEA staff have presented this work four times in the last year (reported elsewhere) - at the IMGS conference in France, two PHE conferences and at the LARIA event on 6th December organised by UEA. PHE have publicised their work on rural health https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/18/rural-deprivation-and-ill-health-in-england-in-danger-of-being-overlooked Within their report have mentioned the UEA https://www.local.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/1.39_Health%20in%20rural%20areas_WEB.pdf (p4) A paper has been submitted to a special issue of 'Social Science and Medicine' (submitted 31st Jan 2018)
Start Year 2016
 
Description SASNet 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Department Urban Big Data Centre
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We are providing training and seminars.
Collaborator Contribution Training and seminars.
Impact Series of seminars and training courses both at Essex and in Glasgow.
Start Year 2016
 
Description SPACES 
Organisation East Sussex County Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution A feasibility study to identify the data required to enable development of a robust business case for Shared SPACES including recommendation for the best way to collect it
Collaborator Contribution Data sharing
Impact Ongoing
Start Year 2017
 
Description 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 United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Our contribution is to use our expertise in statistics and machine learning prediction to analyse this data and help the UNOCC to develop greater early warning capabilities. The UNOCC currently lacks the analytical capability to analyse fine-grained mission report data, but is seeking to build capabilities in data analysis in the age of "big data".
Collaborator Contribution We have been given access to the Situational Awareness and Geospatial (SAGE) dataset for the Central African Republic, which complies in-the-field reports from peacekeepers, local partners and informants.
Impact None yet
Start Year 2018
 
Description University of East Anglia /University of Manchester collaboration 
Organisation University of Manchester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution My organisation (University of East Anglia) is providing subject specialist knowledge around children in care to support the analysis of administrative data about children in care. We are working on two projects together. A project exploring children in long-term foster care, and the project children who leave care to return home. We have previously worked together on the secondary analysis of survey data, resulting in one publication
Collaborator Contribution Partners at the University of Manchester are providing expertise in analysing large and complex datasets.
Impact Neil, E., Morciano, M., Young, J. & Hartley, L. (2020) Exploring links between early adversities and later outcomes for children adopted from care: implications for planning post adoption support. Developmental Child Welfare (Due to be published March 2020)
Start Year 2019
 
Description West Midlands Combined Authorities 
Organisation West Midlands Combined Authority
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Strategic Assessment Review and associated training programme
Collaborator Contribution Strategic Assessment Review and associated training programme
Impact Ongoing
Start Year 2017
 
Description Which? 
Organisation Which?
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Which? and DRC to work collaboratively to identify opportunities for new research findings from DRC's longitudinal CQC care homes database. For DRC pass on their expertise in compiling CQC longitudinal data to Which?, so Which? will be able to generate similar outputs independently. This relationship came out of a webinar that Prof Ruth Hancock presented on the supporting vulnerable people stream.
Collaborator Contribution Which? and DRC to work collaboratively to identify opportunities for new research findings from DRC's longitudinal CQC care homes database.. Which?'s use of DRC processing methods and analysis of resulting data to serve as a form of quality assurance for DRC.
Impact Ongoing.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Workshop on care market research 
Organisation Care Quality Commission (CQC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Initiated and helped to organise workshop, presented work in progress, led discussion on data gaps and next steps for research.
Collaborator Contribution Provided venue (Department of Health), helped identify contacts in participating organisations, presented research, updated us on data developments.
Impact Agreed to keep working together.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Workshop on care market research 
Organisation Competition and Markets Authority
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Initiated and helped to organise workshop, presented work in progress, led discussion on data gaps and next steps for research.
Collaborator Contribution Provided venue (Department of Health), helped identify contacts in participating organisations, presented research, updated us on data developments.
Impact Agreed to keep working together.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Workshop on care market research 
Organisation Curtin University
Department Department of Health
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Initiated and helped to organise workshop, presented work in progress, led discussion on data gaps and next steps for research.
Collaborator Contribution Provided venue (Department of Health), helped identify contacts in participating organisations, presented research, updated us on data developments.
Impact Agreed to keep working together.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Workshop on care market research 
Organisation London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Initiated and helped to organise workshop, presented work in progress, led discussion on data gaps and next steps for research.
Collaborator Contribution Provided venue (Department of Health), helped identify contacts in participating organisations, presented research, updated us on data developments.
Impact Agreed to keep working together.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Workshop on care market research 
Organisation National Audit Office
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Initiated and helped to organise workshop, presented work in progress, led discussion on data gaps and next steps for research.
Collaborator Contribution Provided venue (Department of Health), helped identify contacts in participating organisations, presented research, updated us on data developments.
Impact Agreed to keep working together.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Workshop on care market research 
Organisation University of Birmingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Initiated and helped to organise workshop, presented work in progress, led discussion on data gaps and next steps for research.
Collaborator Contribution Provided venue (Department of Health), helped identify contacts in participating organisations, presented research, updated us on data developments.
Impact Agreed to keep working together.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Workshop on care market research 
Organisation University of Essex
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Initiated and helped to organise workshop, presented work in progress, led discussion on data gaps and next steps for research.
Collaborator Contribution Provided venue (Department of Health), helped identify contacts in participating organisations, presented research, updated us on data developments.
Impact Agreed to keep working together.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Workshop on care market research 
Organisation University of Kent
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Initiated and helped to organise workshop, presented work in progress, led discussion on data gaps and next steps for research.
Collaborator Contribution Provided venue (Department of Health), helped identify contacts in participating organisations, presented research, updated us on data developments.
Impact Agreed to keep working together.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Workshop on care market research 
Organisation University of Lincoln
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Initiated and helped to organise workshop, presented work in progress, led discussion on data gaps and next steps for research.
Collaborator Contribution Provided venue (Department of Health), helped identify contacts in participating organisations, presented research, updated us on data developments.
Impact Agreed to keep working together.
Start Year 2017
 
Title Genetic programming for symbolic regression 
Description GP-SR is a C++ code that implements symbolic regression via genetic programming for data mining. It runs both sequentially and in parallel. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact The tool has not yet been properly tested. 
 
Title R Package: ESKNN 
Description Ensemble of subset of K-Nearest Neighbours Classifiers for Classification and Class Membership Probability Estimation. A few optimal models are selected in the ensemble from an initially large set of base k-nearest neighbours (KNN) models, generated on subset of features from the training data. A two stage assessment is applied in selection of optimal models for the ensemble in the training function. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact Not aware of any impacts 
URL https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/ESKNN/
 
Title R Package: OTE 
Description Optimal Trees Ensembles for Regression, Classification and Class Membership Probability Estimation. Functions for creating ensembles of optimal trees for regression, classification and class membership probability estimation are given. A few trees are selected from an initial set of trees grown by random forest for the ensemble on the basis of their individual and collective performance. Trees are assessed on out-of-bag data and on an independent training data set for individual and collective performance respectively. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact Not aware of impact. 
URL https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/OTE/index.html
 
Title confinterpret 
Description An R package for interpreting confidence intervals 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Software was accepted for publication on CRAN, the official repository of R packages. As at March 2018, the package has been downloaded over 3400 times (Source: https://cranlogs.r-pkg.org/badges/grand-total/confinterpret 
URL https://cran.r-project.org/package=confinterpret
 
Description Analysing the market for care homes for older people using Care Quality Commission and other data 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Following this webinar delivered by Pr Ruth Hancock, she was contacted by a statistician from Which who was interested in collaboration using a DAIV.
Discussions with a representative from Laing Buisson with regard to collaboration.
Several follow up meetings have taken place.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/webinar-analysing-the-market-for-care-homes-for-older-people-using-ca...
 
Description ITO world 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Follow up meeting to discuss collaboration with ITO world to discuss potential KTP and other knowledge exchange activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Midlands and East - Rural Health Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation at Public Health England Rural Health Conference at which there were 90 attendees including policy makers, commissioners, health practitioners and charities. There was an opportunity for questions, and to network. The plan is that UEA will produce a report / article on the work presented that will be available to those present, slides of the presentation will also be distributed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.events.england.nhs.uk/events/2713/rural-health-conference
 
Description Royal Statistical Society, RSS 2016 International Conference , The conference for all statisticians and users of data, 5-8 September 2016, University of Manchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Invited discussion contributed to benchmarking in cluster analysis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.events.rss.org.uk/rss/frontend/reg/thome.csp?pageID=46&eventID=1&traceRedir=2&eventID=1
 
Description "Market concentration, supply, quality and prices paid by Local Authorities in the English care home market" presented at the International Health Economics Association (iHEA) World Congress special, organised session on "Long-Term Care Financing and Markets". 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact In many countries there has been an increased reliance on market mechanisms in the governance of LTC. I discussed the impact of conditions favouring high market concentration on supply, price and quality in the residential and nursing home markets. Focusing on the English case, I discussed the role of large for-profit corporate providers in determining the underlying competitive environment in which operate multiple buyers - the public local commissioners (that negotiate contracts with providers on behalf of residents whom they fund following a means test of their income and wealth), and (a large number of) self-funded individuals who have been excluded by the means test. Results enable to extract relevant policy messages on factors that may promote or inhibit an adequate supply of care home places at affordable costs and sufficient quality. The presentation followed a series of questions and a round table where internationally-relevant LTC issues were discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.healtheconomics.org/page/2019Program
 
Description 'Machine Learning Ensemble Methods and Applications' -seminar with speaker Dr. Wenjia Wang, in the cross-faculty seminar series on "Statistics and data Science in the Digital Age", 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This seminar covered: Basic concepts and methods of machine learning ensemble; factors influencing ensemble performance; methods of multi-media data classification, feature selection, clustering, and prediction; and some applications on big data, e.g. hybrid expert ensemble for validating bird observations in a citizen science project, heterogeneous ensemble for hip replacement failure prediction, active learning ensemble for seabed habitats classification, and identification of fake comments on the internet.

Students and staff at UEA formed the main cohort for this seminar, which was open to public. Question and answer session highlighted the impact of the data source from this project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.uea.ac.uk/computing/news-and-events/seminars/-/asset_publisher/a9l6p5FXwXPI/blog/machine...
 
Description 1st International Social Prescribing Network Research Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented a poster and networked with range of conference participants.
Raised awareness of Centre and project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.socialprescribingnetwork.com/resources
 
Description 27th European Conference on Operational Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact EURO2015 is the premier European conference for Operational Research and Management Science (ORMS), organised by the European Association of Operational Research Societies in conjunction with the UK OR Society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/event-27th-european-conference-on-operational-research/
 
Description 27th Micromechanics and Microsystems Europe Workshop (MME 2016) CORK Speaker: A. Fearne 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Food industry manufacturers and logistics attended, along with academics. 30/08/2016. UCCork (29 - 31/08/2018)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.uccconferencing.ie/product/27th-micromechanics-and-microsystems-europe-workshop-mme-2016/
 
Description 5th German-Japanese Workshop on Classification, Reisensburg Castle, Guenzburg, Germany, September 11, 2016 - September 13, 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Improved collaborations on data science methods and applications between Japanese, German and European participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://sysbio.uni-ulm.de/ocs/index.php/GJW/GJW16
 
Description 6th Crowdinvesting Symposium - Blockchain and Initial Coin Offerings, Munich 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This symposium included world experts in the field. An increase in interest was reported compared to the event in the previous year highlighting the growth of crowd investing as a new way of financing small and young firms.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ip.mpg.de/fileadmin/ipmpg/content/aktuelles/Program_CI_Symposium_2018.pdf
 
Description 6th Crowdinvesting Symposium on Blockchain and Initial Coin Offerings 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference at Max Planck Institute on July 20, 2018 in Munich, Germany. The conference was organised by an international crowdfunding expert Prof Lars Hornuf. Leading experts from all over the world participated such as Prof David Yermack from NYU Stern School of Business. Aris Lazos presented invited poster session (full paper was not ready by submission deadline) on "Follow-on Equity Crowdfunding in the UK"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description 6th Japanese-German Symposium on Classification 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 6th Japanese-German Symposium on Classification was held on August 11th and 12th, 2017 at Tama University, Shinagawa satellite Campus in Tokyo, Japan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description A review of 'Empowering the Public Sector: Delving into data analytics' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact A blog post was published on the BLG website written by a member of staff from a council who attended the 'Empowering the Public Sector: Delving into Data Analytics' training course. This blog post related the benefits of such a training event with the real work which is taking place within councils. It will be very useful when promoting future events and was very well received on social media.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/a-review-of-empowering-the-public-sector-delving-into-data-analytics
 
Description ADSC Moonshot 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussion about how Children's services can respond to increasingly constrained resources especially through movement towards predictive/proactive models.n
Raised awareness of the Centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description AI and Health Conference at Institution of Engineering Technology 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact B de la Iglesia was invited as a panel member for this conference organised by Future Intelligence in association with the IET and the global legal practice Cooley which represents Microsoft, Google, Elon Musk Nvidia and many other technology companies.

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

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

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

We also discussed the Outreach and Engagement activities of the BLG DRC and the resultant impact that this was having in the public, private and charity sectors by Exploring Data; Enhancing Knowledge and Empowering Society. To this end our guest was given an information pack containing copies of our BLG DRC branded booklets.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Active Essex Network Event - 1 March 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The centre was invited to present at Active Network on research, data analytics and opportunities to collaborate.

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

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

The presentation delivered by the centre was well received, generating a lot of interest. All delegates received handouts and a follow up email.
A number of the CEOs including CVS Basildon have already contacted the centre to follow up on the information discussed in order to book a consultation and register attendance at the Centre Showcase and Celebration Event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Addressing Access to Finance for SME's 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Encouraged debate on the topic, stimulated questions and discussions

Established new contacts
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.blgdataresearchcentre.com/#!addressing-access-to-finance-issues-for/c765
 
Description Adoption Support: Learning from adoptive families' experiences - CormBAAF Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Practitioners and policymakers formed the main cohort for this conference in London. Question, answer and debate session highlighted the impact of the data source from this project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://corambaaf.org.uk/events/adoption-support-learning-adoptive-families-experiences-corambaaf-co...
 
Description Adoption consortium leadership board meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The meeting discussed three projects that UEA researchers propose to carry out for Yorkshire and Humberside adoption consortium. (analysing local authority datasets, following up adoptive families and supporting organisation change).

As a result of this meeting, the projects could be started.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Agenda NI Digital Government 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Data Manager presented to AgendaNI about the work that BLG DRC is currently undertaking
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.digitalgovernment.agendani.com/
 
Description Agribusiness Seminar: ..The farming industry .. (under) pressure to diversify.. (is) developing innovative ways to sell their produce.. Andrew Fearne leads the "Who Buys My Food" project which uses data from supermarket loyalty cards to help food and drink producers to make better marketing decisions, a prerequisite for the success of any new business. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact In these uncertain times, all involved with the farming industry are aware of the pressure to diversify. For many farmers and landowners this may involve developing innovative ways to sell their produce - whether directly to the public, through farm shops, or via supermarkets. Andrew Fearne leads the "Who Buys My Food" project which uses data from supermarket loyalty cards to help food and drink producers to make better marketing decisions, a prerequisite for the success of any new business. H
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.mills-reeve.com/agribusiness-seminar-05-23-2018/
 
Description An Introduction to Python 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Course summary: Python is an interpreted high-level programming language for general-purpose programming. Python has a design philosophy that emphasizes code readability, and a syntax that allows programmers to express concepts in fewer lines of code, notably using significant whitespace. It provides constructs that enable clear programming on both small and large scales.

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

Course Outcomes: In this one day course delegates will learn about programming possibilities using Python. Starting with a one hour seminar the day will continue with two hands-on exercise sessions enabling you to apply the tools and techniques. The day will end with a 15-30 minute brainstorming session and discussion to help you think about applying what you have learnt to your own work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/pythontrainingubdc/
 
Description An Introduction to R - Session Two 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Delegates from Colchester and Ipswich Hospital undertook 2.5 hours of training to introduce them to the basics of R and R Studio.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description An Introduction to R Session One 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Delegates from Colchester and Ipswich Hospital undertook 2.5 hours of training to introduce them to the basics of R and R Studio.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description An Introduction to Statistical Modelling with R 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Delegates from Colchester and Ipswich Hospital undertook 2.5 hours of training to introduce them to a number of statistical modelling techniques within R
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description An Overview of Agent Based Modelling 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact BLG arranged and delivered a workshop for the public sector, in which Dr Peter Barbrook-Johnson provided attendees with a basic understanding of agent based modelling, and then allowed attendees to explore the NetLogo modelling software for themselves with several short exercises, to enable them to begin putting their knowledge into practice
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/empowerpublicsector/
 
Description An intermediary understanding of SQL (webinar) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Centre delivered an intermediate level webinar to provide attendees with a further understanding o fSQL.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/intermediarysqlwebinar/
 
Description An introduction to Agent Based Modelling as part of BLG DRC Summer School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact ABM
In this session Dr Peter Barbrook-Johnson, from the Policy Studies Institute at the University of Westminster, and Dr Kavin Narasimhan, from the University of Surrey, provided attendees with a basic understanding of agent based modelling, and then allowed attendees to explore the NetLogo modelling software for themselves with several short lab exercises, to enable them to begin putting their knowledge into practice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/blgsummerschool2017/
 
Description An introduction to QGIS as part of BLG DRC Summer School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In this session, Professor Andrew Lovett gave attendees a brief understanding of GIS and an introductory demonstration of the QGIS software. The workshop consisted of an introductory talk and a series of practical lab exercises (using the QGIS software) that allowed attendees to put their acquired skills into practice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/blgsummerschool2017/
 
Description An introduction to Social Network Analysis as part of BLG DRC Summer School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In this session, Dr Marianna Marra gave attendees an introduction to Social Network Analysis (SNA). She presented theoretical and practical issues relevant for the analysis of social relationships between people, organisations and technology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/blgsummerschool2017/
 
Description An introduction to social network analysis 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Dr Marianna Marra delivered a webinar that introduced participants to social network analysis.
This webinar aimed to provide attendees with an introductory understanding of networks' dynamics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.blgdataresearch.org/socialnetworkwebinar/
 
Description Analysing and modelling complex big data 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Unknown
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.blgdataresearchcentre.com/#!tedx-at-university-of-essex/cmfj
 
Description Andrew Fearne: East of England Farming Conference : Fit for the Future 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact To highlight potential for the use of Big data for Agri-Food business collaborations in the Eastern England area, with UEA. Reporting consumer behaviour motivations and changes/ catalysts to purchasing patterns. Using advanced data analytic processes highlights the potential to identify new, innovative agri-food opportunities; provide business sector profiling; and, encourage value added product focus. 1/11/2018. AND https://www.facebook.com/events/1630721207050629/ AND https://www.facebook.com/eoeagriculturalsociety/photos/a.130897773596722/2252665118086633/?type=3&theater
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Andrew Fearne: Managing product availability in core stores: A case study of Lacka Foods and Tesco. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Speaker Austria: 2018- 8th February. Paper presented at conference. Used to inform audience on supply chain management and products availability in stores.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.fooddynamics.org/data/Program_Igls_2018_020218.pdf
 
Description Andrew Fearne: Norfolk Farming Conference: Defining the Future. Consumer Trends (New) markets and routes thereto and conclusions 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Reporting consumer behaviour motivations: ethical, social/cultural, technical and financial influences on food and drink purchasing patterns in UK. Emphasising sustainable competitive advantage as key; and to recognise the paradigm shift in the food production chain. Seek and nurture