Business and Local Government Data Research Centre

Lead Research Organisation: University of Essex
Department Name: Computer Sci and Electronic Engineering

Abstract

An ambition to be the world's most innovative economy is set out in the UK Government Industrial Strategy. Local authorities and businesses possess large amounts of data covering every aspect of their daily activities. While this resource is valuable, the opportunity for transformative change in business models in public and private sectors comes from adopting data science and artificial intelligence techniques and embedding them as an analytical layer in every stage of decision making. Transforming data to knowledge with the help of advanced analytics can provide local authorities and businesses additional information which can help them to design better policies and improve their business operations.
The Business and Local Government Data Research Centre (BLG DRC) aims to enable a step change in the way public sector organisations and businesses make use of and harness the power of their data through advanced analytics. As such, BLG DRC will coalesce a number of research strands in social sciences, data science and AI within University of Essex and will provide the synergetic scope required to make significant new breakthroughs in social sciences and methodological research. The primary stakeholders of BLG DRC will continue to be local authorities and businesses, but we will expand our remit of work and collaborations to the wider public sector as well as internationally.
BLG DRC's mission places stakeholders and users at its heart, and the research programme of work will be user-driven and involve an ethos of co-creation with external partners and stakeholders. The comprehensive integrated outreach programme which consists of training and knowledge exchange activities will ensure an ongoing dialogue with the users and stakeholders of the research and project partners including policy makers and that the project outputs will have lasting impact beyond the life of the Centre. In particular, focusing on the public sector and working with our regional partners, Essex County Council (ECC), Essex Police (EP), Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) and others, BLG DRC will serve as a joined up, system-wide public sector AI and data science hub where the focus of the work will be on improving lives and generating efficiency in public services through embedding of novel data science techniques and AI. 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. We aim to explore the barriers these businesses face and how data science and AI can help us understand the best means of overcoming these.
The overall programme of work is divided into two strands which are strongly interlinked: (i) developing new research and interdisciplinary capacity, and (ii) delivering and further expanding our integrated outreach programme. The programme has been designed to maximise the impact of both existing activity and also engage in new research that will have direct and significant impact at the regional and national level. Our users and stakeholders will continue to play a key role in shaping up the programme of work on the one hand benefitting from the research and integrated outreach programme while on the other directly feeding in challenges and problems with respect to socio-economic research and the development of new methods needed to address these problems so that the take-up of our work can be maximised. Building on our successful substantive socio-economic programme of research and methodological research stream, we aim to further develop and undertake new research in three core areas: (i) Support for Vulnerable People; (ii) Supporting Economic Growth; (iii) Methodologies and Techniques for Data Science and AI. The new phase of BLG DRC promises to be an exciting development that will not only advance knowledge but also benefit our community.

Planned Impact

Non-academic beneficiaries of the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre (BLG DRC) include a range of organisations and individuals, operating at different levels.
BLG DRC mission and focus place stakeholders and users at its heart, and the research programme of work will be user-driven and involve an ethos of co-creation with external partners and stakeholders. This ensures on the one hand that our research remains relevant and close to the problems as experienced by organisations, while on the other hand it maximises the potential for impact and take-up of our research.
Key beneficiaries of the Centre's work include:
1) Businesses will have access to new techniques which can improve their decision processes and training activities will build their capacity in data science and AI to improve their productivity and decision-making. Research on digital leadership and organisational transformation will be relevant and could have implications for organisational development strategies.
2) Business organisations such as the CBI and Institute of Directors will benefit through better understanding their constituents' needs and priorities and how data science and AI can be used to support business development.
3) Local authorities will benefit from AI-driven transformation of public service delivery that allows them to reduce the administrative burden and deliver services for the benefit of communities under decreasing budgets.
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, health and social care and supporting economic growth are all relevant. We expect considerable impacts on practice in the provision of services.
5) Government department researchers and policy makers. 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 data science and AI are developed.
6) Government executive agencies, non-departmental public bodies, parliamentary select committees and quangos. Many will have interests in data science and AI, and we expect agencies such as e.g. DCMS, HMRC, DFID, Cabinet Office, Dstl, and DWP to be beneficiaries of the research.
7) The international policy community. Methodological and substantive research will be relevant to other countries and developments around the use of AI and Data Science in the public sector and business contexts. We envisage working with the EU Joint Research Centre on AI aspects of smart specialisation 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) The general public will benefit through more informed policy-making and an awareness of the benefits of data science and AI can provide including reduction in administrative burden and more targeted provision of public services. Benefits will accrue through the provision of better quality, more effective and targeted services and through new public or firm level policies for the benefit of community. Fair, transparent, and ethical use of AI for the benefit of society will also build trust and public confidence. We expect findings to be reported in news media and to stimulate public debate.
10) As the BLG DRC 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, economic growth, and technological advances.
 
Description The Business and Local Government Data Research Centre (BLG DRC) brings together academic expertise from social sciences, business, social and healthcare and computer science to help public sector organisations and businesses use data more effectively, enable better decision making, and support organisations to solve real problems.
The research within the Centre comprises work organised in three streams: (i) Supporting Local Economic Growth; (ii) Supporting Vulnerable People; (iii) Methodologies for data science and artificial intelligence. Each research stream involves a number of academic and research staff working on a range of projects. Our work builds on the previous research and findings under the Centre and we are still only in the beginning of the award, but our work is delivering outcomes:
- Our work with the Colchester Borough Council shed light on the reported worsening of health indicators in the areas of Colchester and Tendring.
- Our methodological research has been developing novel artificial intelligence based methods to explore and identify patterns in time series including for Non-stationary Multivariate Time Series Forecasting.
- Our training programme has delivered training to external stakeholders such as public sector organisations and businesses and has increased their knowledge and skills in a range of topics in data science and analytics techniques.
Exploitation Route There are multiple areas that our findings can be taken forward by others.
- 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.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Healthcare

 
Description We are still early on in the work under this award, but one example of our work and findings being used in collaboration with external stakeholders is though the Data Analytics Innovation Vouchers (DAIVs). DAIVs enable stakeholders, businesses and public sector organisations, to access the Centre's academic expertise in analytics, data science and socio-economic expertise. For instance, our work with Colchester Borough Council in understanding health indicators and their worsening in the region is feeding into discussions and considerations for policy and action to improve outcomes for citizens in the region.
First Year Of Impact 2020
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Healthcare
Impact Types Societal,Policy & public services

 
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 Colchester Borough Council 
Organisation Colchester Borough Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Funded through the Data Analytics Innovation Voucher, the centre delivered a data analytics research project designed to analyse multiple sources of data to uncover the driving factors behind the health and social decline of north east Essex (specifically the Colchester area). The Centre produced an in depth report for the council which will be used to inform commissioning decisions and interventions aimed to reduce the decline of health for its community.
Collaborator Contribution Colchester Borough Council led the project on behalf of the North East Essex Health and Wellbeing Alliance. Following a consultation with the client in 2019, the council worked collaboratively with the centre to define the scope fo the research project and the deliverables. The council also provided data which formed part of the data analytics research project.
Impact An in-depth report that will be used by the North East Essex Health and Wellbeing Alliance to address declining health trends. The results of the report will be used to make commissioning decisions and inform further interventions at a regional level.
Start Year 2019
 
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 Police - Essex Centre for Data Analytics (ECDA) 
Organisation Essex Police
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Researchers in the BLG DRC will be working together with analysts in Essex Police 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 Police analysts and professionals 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 EP'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 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 "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 Applied Health Research workshop on "Social Care - Strengths and Opportunities"  
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact 60 people attended a session which sparked questions and discussions - an increase in interest was reported.

The purpose of this workshop was to identify opportunities for bringing people together to share their research activity on social care and to collaborate on large, interdisciplinary research applications. My presentation sparked questions and discussions on the policy implication of presented finding. A great interest was reported in the analysis of the care home market, in particular on the identification of the local, contextual, market factors which help or hinder Local Authority activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BEST Growth Hub Referral: Norman Knights Ltd 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact BEST Growth Hub referral. Sent follow up email on 11.11.19 introducing the Centre and the DAIVs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BEST Growth Hub Regional Show 2020 
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 On 27th February 2020, the Centre participated in the BEST Growth Hub Regional Show 2020. Back for a fourth year and building on last year's success, the BEST Growth Hub Show was back at Chelmsford's prestigious Hylands House on February 27th 2020. Marketed as Essex's ONLY one-stop-shop business show!

Hundreds of local businesses, charities and public sector bodies joined the event which included networking information stands and workshops.

Over 50 exhibitors were present on the day to share expertise and knowledge. The Centre held an information stand and was able to share advise and promote data analytics support provided by the team as well as other opportunities to engage such as upcoming workshops and webinars.

The event enabled the Centre to build on its strong working relationships with BEST Growth Hub and councils as part of the business support referral pathway for data analytics. Together with strategic partners we support economic growth.

Wider engagement continued via social media throughout the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description British Telecom (BT) Challenge Lab 
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 About 15 people attended this event. Half of the attendees were managers and data scientists from BT, while the offer half were faculty and staff members of the University of Essex. The attendees shared presentations to introduce interesting projects they had done in the past. The aim of these presentations was to stir a discussion that would lead to ideas for future collaborations between the University of Essex and BT. Towards the end the discussion revolved around current Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project between the University of Essex and BT.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description CRIME AND THE NIGHT-TIME ECONOMY IN ESSEX: A DATA SCIENCE APPROACH 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation about current research on the night-time economy in Essex. 60 people attended a session which sparked questions and discussions - an increase in interest was reported.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia - 18th October 2019. Seminar title: "Promotions in Alcohol Sales: Lessons from the Scottish Experiment" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Around 20 people attended the session were the working version of the paper (same title) has been presented by my co-author Farasat A.S. Bokhari. The presentation and referee's discussion sparked questions and highlights area of improvements. We are taking methodological comments on board to be embedded in the final version of the paper to be submitted in a peer-reviewed journal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia - 18th October 2019. Seminar title: "Promotions in Alcohol Sales: Lessons from the Scottish Experiment" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Around 20 people attended the session were the working version of the paper (same title) has been presented by my co-author Farasat A.S. Bokhari. The presentation and referee's discussion sparked questions and highlights area of improvements. We are taking methodological comments on board to be embedded in the final version of the paper to be submitted in a peer-reviewed journal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Challenge Lab: Adult Social Care facilitated on behalf of Essex County 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 Approximately 25 people attended a session which sparked questions and discussions - an increase in interest was reported. Four projects were outlined.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Conference call and Expression of Interest form for BUPA and What Works Centre for Wellbeing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On 4th March 2020, the Centre facilitated a conference call with Work Works Centre for Wellbeing and BUPA to discuss a potential research project.

On the call was
laura.brookes@essex.ac.uk
eileen.donnelly@whatworkswellbeing.org
greg.swarbrick@bupa.com
magdalena.soffia@whatworkswellbeing.org
wendy.rose@bupa.com

As well as Centre Senior Research Officer Kakia Chatsiou

The call focused on discussing potential research projects and the best way moving forward.

An EOI form was raised and sent to the Centre Director for approval.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Conference call with Health Education 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 On 11th February 2020 the Centre undertook a conference call with Graham Seward (Health Education England) regarding the opportunity to collaborate.

Discussions focused on grant funded data analytics projects, training and workshops.

As a result of the call Graham has invited the Centre to present at the regional workforce planning forum in March 2020. Dates TBC. This includes members of health and social care providers, commissioners and other bodies.

Graham is also interested in sharing this information with local workforce leads who focus on data analytics to address workforce issues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Conference call with Norfolk and Suffolk Constabulary 
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 call with Ben Terry and Hugh Sabel of Norfolk and Suffolk COnstabularies. The purpose of the call with to follow up on discussions in 2019 regarding a challenge lab. These initial discussions resulted from free training delivered to their workforce in 2019 which was very well received.

Following an expression of interest (approved by the Centre director), the Centre plans to deliver a Challenge Lab for the police to look at the issues of accuracy in data specifically in regard to knife crime. A rule based technique using NLP, other machine learning techniques and data science innovation is of interest to both strategic and operational leads.

Knife crime was chosen as the area to trial such a solution as it is a high risk area, one where data accuracy is having an impact and is also a priority for the Home Office.

A productive call end with a timeline for finalising a proposal in March, follow up call planned for April then Challenge Lab booked fro September.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Conference call with Public Health England and Essex Local Dental Network 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 25th November 2019 the centre facilitated a conference call with Sam Glover (Public Health England) and Rachel Doogan (Essex Local Dental Network). Sam is an ongoing contact of the centre.

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

The DAIV application has been submitted and is subject the research feedback.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Consultation call with Goal 17 
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 On 22nd January 2020 the Centre undertook a consultation call with Fran Bowman of Goal 17. The company had previously received a DAIV and are now looking for further data analytics support as they launch the next phase of their programme.

The Centre offered advise and support on the data to collect and how interdisciplinary research could create a model of best practice for their mentorship scheme.

The call was very positive, Fran is interested in attending the 2020 events, workshops and webinars. Further details sent.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Consultation with Agile Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Following attendance at the Data Driven Marketing event in September 2019, Agile Research (CEO Nick and his colleague) attended a consultation with the Centre to discuss areas of collaboration.

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

The company are keen to partner with the centre for larger scale research and to work with shared stakeholders on more complex data analytics research where market analysis, focus groups etc are required.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Consultation with Colchester Digital CiC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On 21st February 2020 the Centre met with Kerry Cole of Colchester Digital. The meeting arose as Kerry is also a board member of Healthwatch Essex. The CiC is organising a conference for up to 250 people in COlchester and one of the workstreams is data.

They have invited the Centre to present on the topic.

An interesting meeting resulted in the Centre suggesting a number of topics relevant to the creative and digital business sector related to data. Kerry will confirm which she feels would work best based on the wider agenda for the day.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Consultation with ESNEFT 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On 10th January 2020, the Centre facilitated a conference call with ESNEFT. The call involved Shane Gordon (Head of Data Analytics), Rebecca Driver, Peter Cook and Sean Whatling (representing staff engagement, communications, strategy and insight).

The call included a general introduction to the Centre and discussions around using NLP to analyse free text such as social media, friends and family test results as well as the staff survey. These areas are particularly important given the current news around BAME engagement as well as bullying in the workplace.

The untapped data within ESNEFT was brought to light following the Centre's work with David Sollis of Healthwatch Essex.

The positive call ended with the team discussing potential challenge lab topics, training, bitesized workshops and DAIV applications.

A follow up call or meeting will be arranged later in 2020 for next steps.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Consultation with Highways Essex 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 20th January 2020 the Centre met with Will Young of Essex Highways. Will was referred by EIRA for data analytics support.

The meeting focused on viewing the data they hold as well as discussing their key challenges and the scope for embedding innovative research and data analytics techniques to make improvements that have the potential to revolutionise the way roads and pathways are managed in Essex.

The discussion also explored how to collaborate with the Centre via DAIVs, other data analytics support, training and workshops.

Next steps will be for Will to speak to his team about identifying the best project to pursue first and also to scope a theme for an interactive training session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Consultation with Keep Fit Eat Fit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On 8th November 2019, the centre held a DAIV consultation with the CEOs of Keep Fit Eat Fit Ltd. Emma Wakeling of EIRA joined us for the consultation to discuss the wider collaborative opportunities.

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

The company has attended the Data Driven Marketing Workshop hosted by the centre in September 2019 and reported that this was very useful. The company is keen to attend future training and workshops as well as webinars.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Consultation with Ministry of Parenting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The Centre facilitated a consultation with Jeannie Gordon of Ministry of Parenting to discuss her DAIV application. The consultation took place on 28th October 2019.

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

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

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

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

DAIV Application completed and submitted in 2019 funding round. The outcome is pending approval.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Consultation with Pioneer Sailing Trust 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact On 11th February 2020 the Centre met with Pioneer Sailing Trust to conduct a follow up consultation.

Dr Amir Jahangiri attended the meeting which took place at the charity's HQ. The meeting focused on how the charity can strengthen its data collection process in order to better assess the impact of their work.

We emphasised the need to digitalise feedback rather than relying solely on paper records and the need for a consistent evaluation form. The charity was supported in scoping the markers for questions to include in the evaluation form aligned to their objectives and vision as a charity. We discussed what 'impact' means to them as an organisation.

The charity was also reminded about the resources provided during the 2019 Impact Assessment workshop which included question banks and model evaluation forms.

The charity was also sign posted to our up and coming events and workshops.

A positive meeting concluded with a tour of their workshop and the charity expressing their gratitude at the support the Centre has provided to date.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Consultation with Princes Trust 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact On 13th February 2020 the Centre facilitated a consultation with Jenny Ball of Princes Trust to discuss their recent draft Data Analytics Innovation Voucher (DAIV) application.

Discussions focused on the charity's aspiration to meet the unmet need of vulnerable young people in the east of England. They expressed that there is a large pool of potential service users who are not accessing the charity's support. Through the use of data, they wish to identify where these young people are and how best to reach them.

We explored the use of internal and external data sets, their value, constraints and potential impact on the charity.

The charity was also reminded of the valuable resources provided regarding social media during the 2019 workshops (which charity representatives attended).

A positive meeting concluded with the charity meeting with their wider team to refine and review their application in light of the discussions held with the Centre as well as hence the data analytics capabilities available to them through social media analytical tools attached to each of the relevant platforms.

Jenny was engaged to register for future workshops and join us at the annual conference to hear more about the power of data analytics.

Engagement with the third sector was enhanced more widely through the use fo social media following the meeting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Consultation with Southend Carers 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact On 18th November 2019 the centre undertook a conference call with Dawnette Fessy of Southend Carers (charity) to discuss their interest in the DAIV scheme.

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

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

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

On 2nd December 2019, Dawnette submitted a DAIV application form for review. The outcome is pending.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Consultation with Thurrock Council 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact On 3rd January 2020 the Centre held a conference call with Billy Masters (Economic Development Officer, Economic Development, Thurrock Council). The call covered all elements of the Centre including the support on offer for councils such as training and DAIVs.

Billy was particularly interested in the DAIVs as the team are int he process of fomru,alting their economic growth strategy.

In addition to DAIVs, Billy expressed an interest in having the Centre attend a business focused event (annual showcase event) in order to promote the Centre to a wide network of businesses and other organisations in the Thurrock area. This is to be confirmed with his team.

Follow up details were sent regarding the Centre's services, up and coming webinar and a save the date for the annual conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Consultation: Co-op East of England Community and Events Team 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On 11th November 2019, the Centre facilitated a meeting between Coop East of England and My Home Life Essex who are looking to work in partnership to build community cohesion and tackle isolation and loneliness through intergenerational activities taking place in Essex.

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

The partners agreed to take things forward to look at collaborative opportunities and were grateful for the centre's role in connecting organisations for greater impact regionally.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description DAIV Application from Better Care Fund (lead by Mid Essex CCG) 
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 Following the Challenge Lab and subsequent contact in early 2019, Jo Hall Programme Director- Resilience. Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group) submitted a DAIV application on 3rd December 2019 on behalf of the Better Care Fund.

A follow up email was sent on 30th December 2019 to explain next steps.
The DAIV application is pending approval from the board who are due to meet in January 2020 to make final decisions on which projects to fund.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description DAIV Application from Bradford College 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On 5th March 2020 the Centre sent the decision email following a recent Data Analytics Innovation Voucher application made by Louise Dean of Bradford College.

After careful consideration the team including Centre Deputy Director did not feel the project objectives aligned to the priority areas of the DAIV.
The Centre thanked Louise for her interest in the scheme and provide feedback as well as sign posted her to other services offered by the Centre including training and podcasts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description DAIV Application from Bradford College 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact On 28th November 2019 the Centre received a DAIV application from Louise Dean of Bradford College. The application is a result of attending a recent webinar in which the DAIv process and the opportunity for data analytics was showcased.

The DAIV application has been sent to the team for feedback ahead of being submitted to Maria Fasli (Centre Director) for approval in 2020.

The Centre sent a holding statement to Louise on 30th December 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description DAIV Consultation with Essex Highways 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 2nd January 2020, the Centre undertook a conference call with Will Young (Essex Highways) to discuss the opportunity for collaboration.

A positive call focused on the past DAIV projects for other highways agencies as well as wider public sector.

As a result of the call, Will is undertaking an operational data audit. The results from this will be discussed on 20th January 2020 in order to map data capacity against strategy/challenges/priorities. This will then inform a DAIV application in later 2020.

The Will Young was referred to the centre from Emma Wakeling (EIRA) in November 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description DAIV Consultation with Garden City - Louise Denyer 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact On 19th November 2019 the centre facilitated a consultation to discuss how research and data analytics could be used in the planning of the garden cities. A number of potential research projects were discussed including predictive analytics for mapping the flow of people, behaviour change drivers, economic growth, sustainability etc.

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

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

Following the meeting, the centre exchanged emails. jane is hoping to discuss the challenge lab concept with her team with a view to taking it forward in 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description DAIV Consultation with Norman Knights 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On 8th January 2020, the Centre facilitated a conference call with Norman Knights Ltd. This involved Sangeet Shar (Director). The company was seeking advise on how to use data more effectively.

The contact resulted from a BEST Growth Hub referral in 2019.

The Centre provided advice and guidance on how to collect and use customer data to improve marketing and predict demand for services/products. The information was well received. The business owners were keen to attend future webinars and workshops.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description DAIV Consultation with What Works Wellbeing 
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 On 8th January 2020, the centre facilitated a conference call with What Works Wellbeing leads Jamila Boughelaf, Magdalena Soffia and Eileen Donnelly.

Following their attendance at the 2019 DAIV webinar, the team wish to put in an application for a DAIV in partnership with Bupa.

The project would involve analysing Bupa data to create a profile for sectors encompassing physical and mental health. Using the profiles they with to explore predictive analytics to look at behaviours that could indicate declines in health, enabling earlier intervention. It would also allow at risk groups and profile comparisons across jobs/sectors.

The What Works Wellbeing team would act as project managers in the project and have a good relationship with Bupa. They are keen to publish findings and disseminate information in order to benefit businesses more broadly.

The call was well received and all questions answered. Next steps will involve Bupa and UK Data Archive to discuss project specifics ahead of the DAIV application in 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Data Analytics Support - CHAPS Mens Health 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact On 18th November 2019, Celine Larkin (CHAPS Mens Health) contacted the centre for data analytics support in order to extract information from an unusable format.

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

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

As a result of our support, the charity has requested involvement in future workshops, webinars and now follows us social media.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Data Consultation Clinic - Essex County Council 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact On 18th November 2019 the centre undertook a conference call with the senior strategy advisor for Essex County COuncil.

The contact arose from Dr Alejandro Quiroz Flores.

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

Following the call, the centre provided follow up information and a DAIV application form for completion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Data for Good 
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 On 25th February 2020 the Centre delivered a presentation as part of a voluntary sector engagement event organised in partnership with Essex Centre for Data Analytics (ECDA) (a partnership between Essex County Council, Police and University) and Data Kind.

The presentation focused on the support available for charities as well as how they can enhance their use of data. Case studies were shared and networking opportunities created a number of new contacts. All delegates received Centre information packs to share best practice.

The workshop also included a Q&A with a panel of data analysts. Dr Philipp Broniecki participated in this aspect of the event. An engaged audience asked a range of questions.

The event was also an opportunity to build further working relationships with ECDA and Data Kind.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Eastern Arc Conference 2020 
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 80 people attended the Eastern ARC (Academic Research Consortium) annual conference hosted at Wivenhoe House, University of Essex. The speakers included Dr Ben Bleasdale, Policy & Advocacy Adviser, the Wellcome Trust; Richard Brabner, Director, The UPP Foundation; Dr Kirstie Cochrane, Director, Enabling Innovation:Research to Application (EIRA); Prof Pamela Cox, Director, South East Network for Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership; Jill Downey, Institutions Engagement Manager, Research England; Prof Phillippe De Wilde, Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation, University of Kent; Dr Alex Hulkes, Strategic Lead, ESRC Insights Team;Dr Ben Miller, Eastern Arc Fellow in Synthetic Biology, University of East Anglia; Prof Leo Schalkwyk, Professor, University of Essex; Wendy Stone, Director, The Global Academy; Dr Martin Szomszor, Director ogf the Institute for Scientific Information, Clarivate Analytics and Phil Ward, Director, Eastern Arc.

Via a series themed panel discussions and plenary sessions a number of thought provoking debates ensued, enabling the speakers to take the feedback to their organisations, including an invitation to attend the Wellcome Trust "Town Meeting" and for Research England to better understand the needs of the region excluding the University of Cambridge outputs.

The Eastern Arc Director, was recommended to speak to the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre, having recommended to so do by Dr Julien Forder, University of Kent a former Co-I, so mutual collaborative opportunities will be discussed as well as progressing discussions with Dr Andrew Bateman, NIHR Research Design Service.

Including opportunities for social media postings and strengthening relationships going forwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://easternarc.ac.uk/news/eastern-arc-conference-2020
 
Description Enquiry from African Families UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact On 27th January 2020, the Centre received a call from the Colchester based charity African Families UK. Having seen some advertisement through social media, the charity was interested in knowing a little more about DAIVs and what is applicable.

The charity was informed and all questions answered. The |Centre advised attending the next webinar to find out more.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Enquiry from BODYSWAP 
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 15th January 2020, the Centre received an expression of interest in the DAIV scheme which was made via email.

BODYSWAPS is a behavioral training platform powered by Virtual Reality.

It works by letting employees practice their soft skills by acting out, with their own voice and body language, a range of realistic scenarios in VR.

We are creating an AI-powered analytics engine capturing, analysing and interpreting behavioral data and are looking to access consultancy from your researchers to help on multiple levels including

- what meaningful behavioral data can be captured to help the user learn (eye-tracking, body-language, semantic, voice emotion etc.)
- how can that data be automatically analysed, combined and interpreted to provide trainees with automated personalised recommendations
- how could organisations what leverage that data at scale to support their strategic goals, and how should that data be presented
- how could we leverage that data to improve the platform, the learning format and the content roadmap

An example output would be a data capture and delivery framework for BODYSWAPS to use and implement

http://bodyswaps.co

Follow up information was sent via email and the Julien Denoel (Cofounder of BODYSWAP). This provided additional information about the Centre and encouraged the individual to sign up to our next webinar for more advise.

The Centre also included EIRA for additional business support given the business sector.

A follow up consultation was held on 27th January 2020, this involved EIRA. We agreed the requirements were most suitable for an Innovation Voucher or KTP.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Enquiry from Birmingham 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 On 21st February 2020 the Centre engaged with Stephen Booth of Birmingham City Council (Technical Business & Data Analyst). This enquiry resulted from Stephen attending a webinar delivered earlier in the month in which we discussed DAIVs.

Stephen has invited the Centre to present to their team and is interested in completing an EOI for one or more of their data projects.

As a result of the email contact to date, Stephen and is colleagues are now attending the regional analyst network (organised via Jason Davies, West Midlands Police/TfWM). The Centre plans to meet with the council whilst in the area in March 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Enquiry from Broxbourne Council 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact On 23rd January 2020 the Centre received an enquiry from Melanie Miller of Broxbourne Council. This enquiry resulted from James Wilkinson of the Digital Skills Partnership.

Follow up information was sent via email and Melanie was encouraged to register for the next webinar to find out more about DAIVs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Enquiry from Business Woman's Network 
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 an email regarding the Centre's event earlier in 2019, Mandie Holgate (Business Woman's Network) contacted the Centre again on 16th December 2019 to invite the Centre to present at the April 2020 networking event.
A short bio and Centre information was provided (as requested). Further details about the event are being confirmed.

The event will be an opportunity to reach an audience of business woman based across Essex, al of whom have an interest in optmising their business practices throrugh the use of data analytics and research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Enquiry from CHS 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 On 24th February 2020, the Centre received an enquiry from Chris Maxwell (CIO of CHS Services). He reported:
'I was reading on https://www.essex.ac.uk/centres-and-institutes/business-and-local-government-data/data-analytics-innovation-vouchers about the opportunity for Data Analytics Innovation Vouchers. I wanted to put forward our case for consideration.

We are an engineering consultancy and we offer a number of engineering services to large infrastructure facilities, mainly airports & logistics centres. What is of interest in relation to DAIVs if that we have just released a wireless version of our IOT cloud monitoring solution, with this solution we offer over 70+ different types of sensors and have deployments that are collecting significant amounts of data per day, for example we installed our solution at Perth airport just recently in Australia's and this collects over 30,000 data points per day across various sensors. This is designed to improve maintenance efficiency and lower maintenance costs by pre-determining early warning signs of failure and failure modes and prevent breakdown/system failure during live operation. We do some trending and analysis on the data and would be keen to look as to how we would further improve a predictive service.

We also have sensors installed monitoring equipment at Heathrow Airport, KNAPP and Newcastle Airport as an example of existing installations.'

The Centre attempted to call CHS Services to discuss the enquiry in more detail however they were unable to take the call. A follow up email was sent providing further information about the centre and wider support provided as well as upcoming engagement opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Enquiry from Carers First 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact On 16th January 2020, Karen Johnson contacted the Centre to express an interest in the DAIV scheme.

Karen had engaged with the Centre in 2019, having attended our event and participated in a data consultation clinic. During 2019, the Centre advised that the charity (Carers First) was not ready for a DAIV due to inadequate data and formatting issues.

Karen made contact again to express an interest in round two of DAIV applications as she feels her data collection is now more robust. Karen became aware of the opportunity to collaborate with the Centre following an advert in BEST Growth Hub ad.

Emailed with further information and recommended webinar.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Enquiry from Community 360 and Essex Wildlife Trust 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact On 30th December 2019 the Centre responded to and enquiry from Community 360 and Essex Wildlife Trust.

Louise Willsher (Head of Projects) contacted the Centre to enquire if one of their newer projects would be suitable for a DAIV. The email read 'How are you? I am wondering if you can help me. I am working with Essex Wildlife Trust to deliver a programme of forest school activity. We are very keen to see if the project could be externally evaluated if sessions are run in the future. Do you think this is something the University could help with and also whether it would be eligible as a project for data vouchers?'

Follow up support was provided regarding the process for applying, data required etc.

This is part of the Centre's ongoing engagement with the third sector and demonstrates how the Centre has become the 'go to' for data analytics and research support.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Enquiry from Cronin Ltd 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On 20th November 2019 the centre received a referral from the BEST Growth Hub. One of the SMEs they support requires data analytics guidance and is interested in the DAIV as an avenue of support.

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

A follow up email was sent with information about the centre and the offer of a consultation to discuss in more detail.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Enquiry from Digital Technology Labs 
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 a referral from BEST Growth Hub in August 2019, Kevin Gordon (director of Digital Technology Labs) maintained engagement with the Centre.

On 4th December 2019, Kevin re-engaged with the Centre to enquire if any new opportunities have arisen including free training/workshops/analytics support. A further follow up email was sent on 2nd January 2020. This included a holding statement and encouragement to follow us on social media in order to avoid missing out on new opportunities as soon as they go live.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Enquiry from Essex Children's University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact On 17th January 2020, Debbie Bennett of Children's University contacted the Centre to express an interest in the DAIV scheme.

This contact was formed following Debbie's attendance at the 2019 workshops delivered by the Centre as well as the Data Consultation Clinic hosted in partnership with Community 360.

The process of application was discussed and Debbie was encouraged to join the DAIV information webinar in February for more information. A follow up email was shared with additional support.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Enquiry from Essex County Council 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 8th November 2019 the centre received an enquiry from Adrian Powell (Assistant Project Manager) who is working on a pilot to launch a new App for social care workers. The project is designed to save time and travel by accessing and updating case notes remotely. They are keen to have independent tracking and measurement of the benefits achieved by using the App during the piloting phase.

Follow up emails have been sent in order to arrange a discussion and to explore the opportunity in more detail.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Enquiry from Essex County Council - Skills Development 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 6th January 2020, the Centre received a LinkedIn message from Hassan Shami (Essex County Council Skills Development Team). Hassan had met the Centre at Tendring4Growth event in 2019 and was keen to find out more about the data analytics expertise provided.

Follow up emails were exchanged and used as an opportunity to promote the up and coming webinar.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Enquiry from Essex Highways 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 26th November 2019 the centre received an enquiry from Essex Highways who were referred from Emma Wakeling (EIRA).

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

A follow up email was sent on 27th November 2019 with further information about the centre and its work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Enquiry from Evewright Studios 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On 30th January 2020 the Centre received an enquiry from Ionie Richards of EveWright Studios regarding the GDPR training and other support available for her organisation.

This contact was formed as a result of Bridget Tighe (Community 360).

Further information was provided and Ionie was encouraged to register for one or more of the events as well as informed of our wider work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Enquiry from Fidsy 
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 Following a referral on 27th January 2020 from BEST Growth Hub, the Centre undertook a conference call with Yigit Erol of Fidsy.

Yigit is looking to create a piece of software/analytics approach for his customers to gain greater insight. Yigit was looking for grant funded consultancy support for a proof of concept/feasibility style project.

Yigit was referred to EIRA for follow up and support as the project better aligns to EIRA capabilities.

Yigt was also encouraged to join the Centre's webinar to find out more about its work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Enquiry from Footprint Digital 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On 4th December 2019 the Centre received an enquiry from Tom Bowden of Footprint Digital. He expressed an interest in the DAIV scheme.

This awareness had arisen from involvement at the Centre's workshop earlier in 2019.

A follow up email was sent on 31st December 2019 offering a telephone or face to face appointment. The date for which has yet to be confirmed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Enquiry from Gerald McDonald & Company Ltd 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On 22nd October 2019 the centre received a referral from BEST Growth Hub. The company had an enquiry relating to business data and how best they can optimize their practices.

This included:
Missed Sales

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

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

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



2. Re-ordering analysis.

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

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

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

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

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



3. Cash Flow.

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



4. Delivery and Supply performance

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




5. ERP, CRM, WMS advice.

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

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

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

A follow up email was sent with further advise and information about the centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Enquiry from Halstead 21st Century 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact On 30th January 2020 the Centre received an enquiry from Jane Giffould of Halstead 21st Century regarding training. The enquiry had resulted from information provided by Community 360 as part of their work in promoting our opportunities available to charities.

Further information was provided by email on 3rd February 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Enquiry from Health Education East of 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 Following an email promoting the Centre's next webinar, Saffron Rolph-Wills, East of England Workforce Transformation Team contacted the Centre on 17th January 2020 to express an interest in the work of the Centre and to find out more about the project.

Follow up information was provided and Saffron wishes to pass on the information to colleagues across Health Education England.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Enquiry from Health Education England 
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 On 27th January 2020 the Centre received an enquiry from Graham Seward Associate Workforce Transformation Lead for Health Education England. The enquiry resulted from early contact via Saffron Rolph Wills.

Graham requested a consultation with the Centre to explore partnership working in 2020. A number of dates for appointments were offered and we are awaiting Graham to confirm the most suitable date/time.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Enquiry from Help Musicians 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact On 18th November 2019 the centre sent a follow up email to Ellie Moore of Help Musicians. The referral came from EIRA via Emma Wakeling.

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

The email also encouraged the charity to follow us online in order to keep up to date with our research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Enquiry from Innovative Creations 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On 8th January 2020 the Centre received an enquiry from James Brand CEO of Innovative Creations Ltd.

The enquiry resulted from a referral from Jim Wilkinson (Digital Skills Partnership).

James wanted to express an interest in the DAIV scheme. James was encouraged to join the next webinar covering the DAIVs and how to apply as well as provide with supporting resources.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Enquiry from Into the Wylde 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On 21st January 2020 the Centre received an email enquiry from Kathie Bishop of Into the Wylde following webinar advertising. Kathie wanted to know more about scheme.

Follow up information about the Centre and the DAIV scheme was sent by email. Kathie was encouraged to join webinar for additional details.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Enquiry from Lincolnshire Police 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 8th November 2019, Leanne Crew (Performance Data Officer) from Lincolnshire Police contacted the generic centre inbox to express an interest in having the centre deliver some data analytics training for their team. Specifically, R and data science. They anticipate 50 from across their network of data analysts.

Follow up emails were sent and the centre is actively pursuing the opportunity to partner with this new stakeholder.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Enquiry from MDK9 Security Services 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On 3rd February 2020 the Centre received a referral from BEST Growth Hub regarding MDK9 Security Services. Daniel Berry of MDK9 Security Services has requested to be kept informed of future events including training.

A follow up email was sent including details of the next webinar which focuses on how to access grant funded data analytics support.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Enquiry from Maidstone 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 The Centre received an enquiry from Sean Henry (Economic Growth Business Centre Coordinator) Maidstone Borough Council on 10th December 2019.

Sean had visited the website and would like further information about the Centre. A follow up email was sent providing details about the Centre's work and support provided to councils. A subsequent telephone appointment was also offered to explore this further. The call will be an opportunity to promote the work of the Centre and discuss the specific needs of the council with a view to building a new partnership for collaborative research in 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Enquiry from Oxford Consultants for Social Inclusion (OCSI) 
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 On 11th Febraury 2020, the Centre engaged with Kimberley Anscombe (Oxford Consultants for Social Inclusion (OCSI)) following her attendance at the DAIV webinar on 7th Febraury 2020.

OCSI enquired as to whether their project would be applicable for a grant funded DAIV. She reported:
We are a business working with the public sector and third sector primarily. We run bespoke consultancy projects (eg. we are the team that developed the Indices of Deprivation on behalf of the government) as well as run products such as Community Insight & Local Insight that provide instant access to local-level data aggregated to areas people care about). These work on an annual subscription basis and are used by social housing associations, local authorities and grantmakers primarily.

The project we would want to work on centres around the Commercial and Corportate Ownership datasets published by Land Registry. We would want to use this data within Community Insight for the MyPatch functionality (which allows social housing providers to see which other providers are working on the patch, so that they have all the information they need to make decisions on joint initiatives, mergers etc).

The data is published with multiple households recorded in a single row, which makes it difficult to get the counts of the household.

We would like to apply for DAIV vouchers to support with cleaning this data & allowing a replicable method for us to be able to do so in the future.

This would be for commercial gain - in that it will add value to our product and hopefully contribute to sales and renewals. However, our clients do work in the sphere of social good.

Having discussed the project with the Centre manager, he felt that on this occasion it would not be applicable. The stakeholder was thanked for their interest and sign posted accordingly.
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Description Enquiry from Provide CiC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On 30th January 2020, Prof. Riccardo Russo, Department of Psychology, University of Essex referred Provide CiC to the Centre. John Niland CEO of Provide was sent a follow up email with further information about the Centre and offered an appointment to meet in order to explore how the Centre can help in more detail.

This contact resulted from an interdisciplinary meeting organised by the Centre and Psychology to discuss overlap in our work as well as areas for future collaboration. Prof Russo discussed the KTP with Provide and the opportunity to enhance impact through an unused pool of data that could strengthen the outcomes of the project.

A meeting with John is still pending but in the meantime, John (of Provide) is now aware of the Centre and the data analytics services it provides for now and in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Enquiry from Southend YMCA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact On 21st January 2020, Syrie Cox of Southend YMCA contacted the Centre following an email inviting her to attend the next webinar focusing on how to apply for grant funded data analytics support.

Syrie was provided with additional information and encouraged to register for the webinar a well as other training and workshop opportunities designed for the charity sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Enquiry from St Georges Medical Practice 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On 14th February 2020 the Centre received an enquiry from Katherine Smith, Practice Manager Dr Khan and Partners, St Georges Medical Practice - Operations Manager - Benfleet PCN.

Katherine had herd about the webinar which took place earlier int he month but was unable to attend the session. Katherine wanted to find out more about the data analytics support available and how to apply if applicable.

Follow up information was shared via email. Katherine was encouraged to follow the Centre on social media and visit the website to benefit from the upcoming workshops.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Enquiry from 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 On 10th January 2020 Stuart Masters from St Lukes Hospice (Data Base Manager) contacted the Centre to enquiry if the DAIVs are open for application.

This contact was formed following his attendance at the Impact Assessment workshop in 2019.

Stuart was encouraged to sign up to the DAIV information webinar and provided with additional support.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Enquiry from Utility Bridge Limited 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On 14th February 2020, the Centre received a referral from the BEST Growth Hub for a business called Utility Bridge Limited. Darren Jones has been working with BEST Growth Hub and is interested in finding out more about the Centre as their organisation is has built a software energy management platform. They have some concerns that whilst collecting data, they do not have knowledge of how to use data to increase their reach and increase sales.

The Centre sent a follow up email to the business to provide further information about the range of workshops, social media content/podcasts and other support available to them.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Enquiry from Vezco 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On 24th January 2020 the Centre received a referral from BEST Growth Hub. Yiget Erol of Vezco is developing a product that will be a platform service developed through his experience in data marketing, target marketing, systems marketing. This will be a subscription based software system in place within companies as a service platform. Technically his target audience will be b2b who work with b2s clients.

BEST Growth Hub have also referred the client to EIRA for testing and validation but would like to discuss more in depth support on the data analyse of the product with the Centre.

A follow up email was sent with additional information about the Centre and support available. Yigit was encouraged to register for upcoming events and webinars.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Enquiry from We are Umi 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Centre received an enquiry from We are Umi who provide business support for SMEs in England.

Katrina McGregor emailed to find out more information about the DAIV scheme in order to update their records and inform their clients accordingly.

New information provided and offered to collaborate or be involved in future events to showcase and promote the services provided by the Centre as well as the wider benefit of using data analytics and research within the business sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Enquiry from Wider Eastern Information Stakeholder Forum (WEISF) 
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 In November 2019 the Centre was highlighted to WEISF. Following an email exchange, the Centre was invited to present at the forum's meeting in November/December 2019.

This request was declined by the Centre director. However, the Centre did send follow up information for circulation to its members. This included general information about the Centre, training opportunities, grant funded data analytics and ways to engage with the team as well as keep up to date on news and information via social media.

The main contact for WEISF was Oliver Sharpe (Information Gov. Assistance) or Essex County Council
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Essex Life and Economy Lecture: Making Change Stick in Complex Collaboratives 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 28th October 2019, the Centre hosted the 2019 Essex Life and Economy Lecture: Making Change Stick in Complex Collaboratives.

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

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

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

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

The event was supported via social media in order to widen impact and continue engagement.
 
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Essex Youth Build DAIV Consultation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Essex Youth Build attended two of our workshops in 2019. Following this, the charity contacted the Centre to express an interest in applying for a grant funded data analytics project.

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

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

The Centre also encouraged the charity to attend future training sessions and workshops in order to continue building their skills sets and digital capacity. The programme of potential topics for 2020 webinars and training was very appealing to the charity's lead and they are keen to register in due course.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Expression of Interest from Essex 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 25th February 2020 the Centre received an expression of interest from Lora Aziz regarding data analytics support required in order to evaluate the Essex 2020 programme of events.

Specifically...
Critically examines the success of programme and enables the council and partners to demonstrate a 'return on investment' - to secure future support for legacy initiatives.

Chelmsford City Council already had two broad outcomes that can be extended to, and aligned with, the county's wider ambitions; they are flexible enough stretch to both grassroots community involvement while maintaining the strategic essence of Essex 2020's original legacy.

These ambitions should be viewed as the medium to long term change we want to see:
1. Increased development in STEAM skills and higher career aspirations for Essex residents - especially children and young people.
and
2. Celebrate Essex's past, existing and future heritage in science, engineering and innovation in new and creative ways. Supporting the development of the county's cultural identity.
Essex 2020 proposes to:
i. Increase the perceived values of creative skills and interdisciplinary working across all sectors
ii. Improve visibility, awareness and pride of innovation in Essex
iii. Grow confidence and success in seeking funding and investment (particularly for Science and Creativity related activities).
iv. Encourage greater partnership working and collaboration (across sectors, district boundaries and disciplines)
v. Develop understanding of STEAM through participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths related activities

Support with the evaluation elements of the framework, toolkit and training plans to be rolled out across Essex.

The EOI form was sent to the Centre Director for approval.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Expression of interest received from Essex County Council and CAB 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact On 24th February 2020 the Centre undertook a conference call with Charlotte Britton, Lead for Strengthening Communities. Kirsty O'Callaghan, Head of Strengthening Communities and Patrick Ruddy (Essex County Council).

The call focused on scoping a potential research project and offering advice/support.
This contact resulted from an existing stakeholder who we have worked with in the past. They are looking from BLG or wider UoE support for the evaluation of the project. Specifically:

'help with the evaluation of an initiative we (the council) are supporting that is looking at Access to Justice for All in relation to the Family Courts.

We are seeking an approach to evaluation that assesses the intervention itself, but also a longer term study that looks at the impact the programme has on reducing the current costs borne by society around "family failures" - currently estimated at £51 billion [additional costs associated with benefits, housing support, police and education interventions, legal services, health care and social care -etc]'


Full project/course outline is currently being briefed and at the point of the conference call v2 was shared.

Two areas to evaluate:
• Legal support
• Benefit to families

At the start of the project and looking at how to collect the data as well as evaluate.
First cohort is in April.

Also an interest in existing need and current experience of those in the system as well as scale of need - suggested Healthwatch Essex for this aspect.

To evaluate the effectiveness of a proposed course delivered by CAB that seeks to support divorcing (or separating) couples with children. The course aims to promote awareness and skills building for one of the divorcing parents in order to achieve beneficial outcomes for affected children.

The CAB's course will be completely client-centric and seeking the best possible outcomes for affected children. The course will be offered alongside a Legal Service offer provided by Central Law CIC, through the CAB's

Background and Proposal:
More than a third of new marriages will end within 20 years and four out of ten will ultimately end in divorce. More than one in four children will experience parental divorce by age 16. Divorce rates in England and Wales are among the highest in Europe, though considerably less than in the United States (where most research has been carried out).
Research findings in the UK1 and in the US2 have identified that the majority of children adjust well to parental divorce with few long-term effects provided they receive appropriate support.
Key factors affecting outcomes and that will be specifically addresses by the CL service include:
• financial hardship - can limit educational achievement;
• family conflict before, during and after separation - can contribute to behavioural problems;
• parental ability to recover from distress of separation affects children's ability to adjust
• multiple changes in family structure increase the probability of poor outcomes;
• quality contact with the non-resident parent can improve outcomes.

Programme content - Why it is Important to Offer Social Skills training for Parents:

The programme plans to offer a soft skills transition planning element as a key deliverable within the services, supported by access to local and national support services and networks, including a closed Facebook peer support group). The content of the training course including referral access to local formal and informal networks will be trialled through a pilot programme in early 2020. The pilot programme is supported by the Community Legal Centre Essex (CAB affiliate) and Essex County Council.
Psychology Today2 reported that enhanced parenting skills in an evidence-based divorce transition programme called the "New Beginnings Programme (NBP)" had significant impact on children's outcomes. The programme was designed to promote effective parenting following separation or divorce.

The New Beginnings Programme focused on working with parents to achieve important parenting-related competencies, including using effective discipline, communicating and listening effectively, building more positive interactions, and keeping children out of the middle of the conflict.

Assessments of children's outcomes at six years and 15 years (following divorce or separation) disclosed that the soft skills training programme had significant favourable impact on children's wellbeing and life opportunities - the findings are shown in the adjacent "New Beginnings Outcomes" table.

For 2020-2023 it is presently planned to offer the Better Divorce course four times per year to about 20 participants per course x four.

The Centre has sent the EOI to the directors for approval and agreement on proposed next steps.
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Description Expression of interest received from Suffolk County Council 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact On 5th February 2020, the Centre met with Ruth Weir (lecturer and researcher in criminology and violence) to discuss interest in the DAIV scheme.

Ruth disclosed Suffolk COunty COuncil is interested in undertaking a data analytics project to replicate the predictive analytics model created in Essex to address domestic abuse.

Following the meeting Ruth introduced the Centre by email to Richard Baldwin and Clair Harvey of Suffolk COunty Council. Additional information was provided via email and the council was encouraged to register for the webinar.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Expression of interest received from West Midlands Violence Reduction Unit (WMVRU) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 6th December 2019, Jason Davies of West Midlands Violence Reduction UNit (WMVRU), contacted the Centre to invite us to tender for a commissioned evaluation project.

To summarise, "The West Midlands Violence Reduction Unit (WMVRU) wants to commission an organisation who can support the development of and then deliver a detailed process and outcome evaluation of the work and strategy. The evaluation will need to produce robust findings which can be used to measure change locally and help to determine the future development of the WMVRU".

An expression of interest form was sent to the Centre director for input.
A holding statement was sent to Jason in the meantime.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Health Economics Study Group meeting - June 2019. Presentation and discussion of the working-paper "Promotions in Alcohol Sales: Lessons from the Scottish Experiment" 
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 Around 40 people attended the session were the paper has been presented and discussed by an external reviewer. The presentation and referee's discussion sparked questions and discussions, showing a great interest in the topic and the method.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Healthwatch Essex AGM 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact On 29th October 2019, the Centre was invited to attend the healthwatch Essex AGM. The outreach and publicity officer is a board member for the charity and uses her role to create collaborative research opportunities and widen awareness of the Centre's work, reaching a new audience.

The event was not only a formal AGM but was an opportunity to for the charity to showcase its research and impact.

Delegates included Brian Balmer (Local Medical Council), Essex County Council, Farleigh Hospice, MHET, other NHS providers, care home leads, CQC, Big Lottery Fund and other charities as well as general public and Healthwatch Essex Ambassadors.

The Centre was able to support the event via social media.
The event was also the opportunity to talk about the work of the Centre and impact of its research. This resulted in new contacts being formed including Nick Richmond (Agile Research) who previously attended one of our workshops.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Healthwatch Essex Engagement Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 1st November 2019, the Centre facilitated a networking event for various departments within the university to present their work and opportunities for collaboration with Healthwatch Essex.

Representatives included:
Internships and student placements
ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre
Public health risks: to communicate or not communicate? - research overview by Dr Kakia Chatsiou (ISER)
EIRA
ISER
H&S Care Research Service
UK Data Archive

The session included round table discussions regarding data analytics and research opportunities as well as how they can directly influence policy and service delivery regionally.

Feedback from delegates was very positive and conversations continued on social media as well as by email.
Dr John Day
Senior Research Associate for Healthwatch Essex
said 'Thank you again for organising Friday, there was so much useful information that will improve the quality of our research work in the future and moving forward in partnership with the University. With our primary focus on lived experience research, the wealth of quantitative data you signposted us towards will help us refine our initial research questions and then also allow us to connect participant's stories to broader trends when proposing meaningful changes to policy.'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Healthy New Towns Workshop 
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 On 25th october 2019 the Centre was invited to participate in the North Essex Garden Communities Healthy New Towns Learning and Implementation Workshop. This invitation only session involved national leads from NHS England as well as regional partners involved in the design and delivery of the town. Delegates included Sam Glover (PHE), North East Essex Health & Wellbeing Alliance, Police, Fire Service, NEE CCG members, LMC, third sector, Essex County Council and Essex lead for churches (representing religious communities in Essex).

The interactive workshop involved discussing how to plan the vision for the Healthy New Towns initiatives as well as partners whom the leads need to engage for success.

The event was an opportunity to promote the Centre and the use of research and data analytics both in the planning, delivery and evaluation of the project. From planning the design to predicting flow of people through to measuring health outcomes. Centre involvement was very well received.

As a result of Centre participation, data analytics formed an underpinning theme through all group discussions and outcomes. The event was also an opportunity to network with other organisations and provide contact details.

Within one day, a number of delegates have reached out to the Centre to request a consultation appointment to discuss working with us through the DAIV.

NHS England's vision for the Health New Towns:
"The North Essex Garden Communities development aims to enable current and future residents to live, work and play in ways which promote wellbeing and happiness. We will work with local communities to cultivate a sense of belonging, enabling healthier choices and minimising social isolation. The physical and social infrastructure of the community will be well
maintained, sustainable and inclusive to ensure long-term wellbeing and happiness of all residents."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description International Society for Clinical Biostatistics (ISCB) conference presentation. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact I presented research findings on dynamic prediction of long-term survival effects of statin therapy in the general population. This was a poster presentation during a full conference day and about 80 conference attendees passed by. The discussion with the audience helped me improving the message of the research paper I was writing at the time. I also received interest in sharing the research paper once it is published.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://kuleuvencongres.be/iscb40/images/iscb40-2019-e-versie.pdf
 
Description Meeting with Digital Skills Partnership Lead 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 7th January 2020 the Centre met with Jim (James) Wilkinson Digital Skills Partnership Co-ordinator, South East Local Enterprise Partnership to discuss how thew partnership are int he process of formulating their strategy for 2020 and beyond.

The Centre has been invited to become a member of the Digital Skills Partnership to represent data analytics and research. This will result in a wider network of stakeholder for partnerships moving forward as well as intelligence gathering. Partnership members will also commit to support the DAIV scheme by enabling more referrals for projects from businesses and public sector bodies as well as supporting the promotion and delivery of sector events.

The Centre has been invite to attend the next steering group in February 2020 to formally speak to members about the expertise provided by the Centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Meeting with Haven Gateway 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 9th January 2020 the Centre met with Janice Pittis of Haven Gateway to share best practice around data analytics and sector engagement.

The meeting included sharing ideas for future collaborative outreach and engagement events, training sessions and knowledge exchange activities to benefit the business community in the east of England.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Ministry of Parenting DAIV Application 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact On 5th March 2020, the Centre sent Jeannie Gordon Ministry of Parenting the decision email following her recent DAIV application. The Centre thanked Jeannie for her time and reported...

'Applications are assessed on the feasibility of the project, how your project objectives align to the priority areas of the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre, as well as the potential for the project to have a wider societal or sector benefit.

Whilst we understand this will be disappointing news, we would like to provide you with feedback on your project. Your project aimed at understanding the MoP Impact.

The board finds that this is an important subject and a good proposal. We reviewed the application multiple times and our conversation with you as well as the snapshot of your data were very useful. Unfortunately, we believe that there will not be sufficient information in the data to successfully complete your project. For this project to be successfully completed, we would need more data and observations to be completed. This would allow us to provide a more in-depth analysis that would give a better assessment of your organisation's true impact. As mentioned, we think this is valuable proposal and we would be interested in receiving another application once this data is available.'

Jeannie was further signposted to other services such as workshops and webinars.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Outreach and Engagement - Tendring4Growth 
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 On 26th November 2019 the centre participated in the Tendring District Council Economic Growth Strategy Workshop.

A range of stakeholder attended the session led by Head of Regeneration at the council and the economic growth team. Tom Gardiner (Head of Regeneration) passed on his contact details following the centre's contribution to the Q&A.

Stakeholders included local businesses, charities, clinical commissioning groups, education and Essex County Council.

Interesting debates covered how data can inform strategy to support economic growth predict skills demand and utilize resource more effectively as well as evaluate the impact of initiatives.

Since the workshop, the centre has contacted Tom via email to arrange a follow up meeting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Outreach and Engagement: Learn Fest - Essex 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 On 15th November, the centre was invited to deliver a presentation to Essex County Council commissioners as part of their annual Learn Fest.

The session attracted a range of senior commissioners including 10 delegates from departments such as frailty, economic growth, integration, health, dementia and finance.

The centre presented to the group, covering the full scope of projects and data analytics support provided.
The presentation also included a mind-mapping and group discussion elements focusing on the council's priorities for 2020. This part of the session scoped themes for potential challenge labs. Areas of interest included frailty and admission avoidance as well as deprivation and short/medium and long terms intervention success in towns experiencing poverty.

Resources were provided and Stephen Simpkin (Data lead) plans to collate the feedback in order to channel interest into a challenge lab theme.

A number of senior staff were unable to attend the meeting and so we plan to deliver the same session again by webinar in 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Outreach and Engagement: Learn Fest - Essex County Council competition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 15th November 2019, the centre was involved in the Live Data Analytics as part of Essex County Council's Learn Fest.

The session was with the data analytics team and ECDA. It was a fun competition where the delegates were put into teams for a data related challenge.
The teams had to apply their data analytics skills learnt during training sessions delivered by the centre during 2018-19.
The teams were each led by one of our researchers who acted as a critical friend during the competition.

The end result was increased engagement with the data analytics teams and social media to widen impact.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Outreach and Engagement: Policy Masterclass 
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 On 14th November 2019, the centre participated in the Cabinet Office policy masterclass.

The University of Essex has a partnership with the Cabinet Office's Open Innovation Team which gives us unique access to senior policy advisors in Whitehall Departments. The partnership aims to build relationships with government departments to generate analysis and ideas in key policy areas. Cabinet Office colleagues ran the policy masterclass. The session included an introduction to the policy process which take a very practical view.

The centre participated in table top discussions and contributed to the overall session as well as had the opportunity to network with researchers from various departments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Panel Member for the Catalyst 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 Catalyst Conference was delivered as part of the Catalyst HEFCE-funded project at the University of Essex in June 2019. I was invited to participate in the conference and be a panel member with the theme "Digital innovation within local government implementing system change, and the importance of collaborative multi-agency partnerships". The panel included representatives from Essex Police, Essex County Council and Suffolk County Council and aimed to explore both opportunities and barriers to innovation and supporting public policy through advanced analytics and the importance of collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Parent Cloud DAIV Consultation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Following social media engagement in September 2019, the Centre facilitated a conference call with Parent Cloud.

The call was an opportunity to introduce the Centre and the work we do as well as opportunities to collaborate. We discussed the DAIV application project as well as potential data analytics projects.

As a result of the call, the Centre sent Obi (Parent Cloud lead) the DAIV application form for completion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Participating in Fundamentals of 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 On 4th February 2020, the Centre attended a networking workshop organised to Colbea and Footprint Digital. The theme was fundamental in analytics.

Companies and third sector organisations from across Essex attended the workshop, with over 15 in attendance.

The Centre was able to promote its work and contribute to topical debate on the analytics. The event was also an opportunity to pick up on intelligence regarding sector need and interest. This insight will be used to inform future Centre driven workshops and podcasts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Participation in the Digital Skills Partnership Steering Group 
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 On 12th February 2020 the Centre attended the Digital Skills Partnership Steering Group which was hosted following the 'Two's Company: the what, whys and hows of digital twins in industry today and tomorrow' conference.

As a new member Digital Skills Partnership, this was an opportunity to meet other steeping group members who represented organisations across the east of England including private, public and not-for-profits. In attendance was the Federation of Small Businesses and the Government Minister for Digital Skills.

The group discussed the strategy underpinning the DSP and its vision for the coming year. We explored how key partners can enhance digital skills working with schools, future and current workforces as well as businesses. The Centre is offering data analytics insight and support.

As well as networking with delegates, each member received a Centre branded resource pack providing information on our work, impact and contact details.

The wider conference which took place before the steering group had over 60 delegates from across the UK. Presenters included the national lead for the AHSN Network Artificial Initiative - Melissa Ream, INdustry Engagement Manager, Kent Innovation and Enterprise, University of Kent - Simon F Barnes, External Technology and Collaborations Lead, Pfizer - Melissa Hanna-Brown, Jaguar Land Rover Virtual reality and High-end Visualization Technical Lead - Brian Waterfield, South East Local Enterprise Partnership - James Wilkinson, St Bartholomew's Hospital - Profession Art Tucker, Innovate UK, Innovation Lead Precision Medicine - Dr Karen Spink and Industry Executive, Health at Microsoft - Stephen Docherty.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Presentation at the Accelerators for Science and Society Symposium, Liverpool 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact I was invited to deliver a talk on Data Science and Artificial Intelligence and their applications and impact on our lives as part of the Accelerators for Science and Society Symposium which took place in Liverpool on 28-29 June. This event involved a number of keynote lectures delivered by scientists with the purpose being to inform students of exciting developments in science and technology and how our lives are being impacted. Hundreds of school children attended the event and it was also broadcasted live.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://indico.cern.ch/event/798052/
 
Description Presentation to the Strategy, Insight and Engagement Group meeting with Essex County Council 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 21st January 2020 the Centre was invited to present to the Strategy, Insight and Engagement Group of Essex County Council Members include various departments encompassing analytics and strategy. The group also included partners of the council.

The group consists of 20-50 members of which 20 were in the room during the presentation.

The presentation focused on the work of the Centre and its unique offer for the public sector. The formal presentation finished with a Q&A.

An engaged audience were keen to share the resources and information provided with colleagues more widely, including external stakeholders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Tendring Speed Networking with Essex Fire and Rescue 
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 On 3rd March 2020, the Centre participated in the quarterly Essex Fire and Rescue led speed networking session.

The event brought together over 25 organisations from across Essex to network with peers, discuss the work of their teams and form new connections for future referrals, partnerships and collaboration.

In attendance included Get Out Tendring, Realise Futures, Essex Mind, Jaywick Neighbourhood Warden, Clacton Coastal Academy, Tendring Hygience Bank, Tendring Time Bank, Essex, Fire Service, Barnardos, Phoenix Futures, Essex Shed Network, United in Kind, Admiral Nurse, Essex Council Council. Peabody, Inclusion Ventures, Jaywick Sands Revival, ASC Social Work, Action for Family Carers, North East Essex CCG and Age UK.

The event was an opportunity to promote the work of the Centre including DAIVs, workshops and the annual conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Training: Data Science - Transport for West Midlands 
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 On 4th November 2019, the Centre delivered a training session to Transport for West Midlands. This brought together a range of partners from data analytics teams across the the west midlands including Public Health England, Councils, Transport and crime.

An interactive workshop providing delegates with intermediate level training on R designed to build upon previous training delivered by the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre.

Introduction
Regression
Classification
Cross-validation

15 delegates attended a very well received training session.
During lunch, discussions turned to wider collaborative projects such as challenge labs and DAIVs as well as further training for 2020. The nature of the sessions would be to directly inform data analytics teams and build expertise to address key challenges.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Training: Enhancing R - Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 14th November 2019, the Centre delivered an interactive training session to Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies. 8 delegates from the data analytics teams from the partner constabularies attended the session delivered by Dr Philipp Broniecki and Dr Luke Abbs. The session built upon previous sessions delivered to the constabularies. feedback from the constabularies data analytics lead (Ben Terry) was very positive and he is keen to engage with the centre moving forward. The teams plan to use the skills learnt to enhance their data analytics capacity to explore a number of projects including county lines, knife crime and understanding trends in crime data. The agenda included:Introduction to the Session
Subset selection
Regularisation
Tree-Based Methods
Model Averaging
Hackaton Prediction Exercise

It is also worth noting that the constabulary has expressed an interest in undertaking a challenge lab in 2020 which is currently being explored with the outreach lead.

All training delegates reported an improved understanding and scored the session 8 or more out of 10.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Training: Enhancing R - Transport for West Midlands 
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 On 5th November 2019, the Centre delivered a training session to Transport for West Midlands. This brought together a range of partners from data analytics teams across the the west midlands including Public Health England, Councils, Transport and crime. An interactive workshop providing delegates with intermediate level training on R designed to build upon previous training delivered by the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre. 8 delegates attended a very well received training session. During lunch, discussions turned to wider collaborative projects such as challenge labs and DAIVs as well as further training for 2020. The nature of the sessions would be to directly inform data analytics teams and build expertise to address key challenges.

The training included:
Subset selection
Regularisation
Tree-based methods
Monte Carlos
Hackaton Prediction Exercise
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Training: Introduction to Data Science - Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 12th November 2019, the Centre delivered an interactive training session to Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies. 8 delegates from the data analytics teams from the partner constabularies attended the session delivered by Dr Philipp Broniecki and Dr Luke Abbs.

The session built upon previous sessions delivered to the constabularies. feedback from the constabularies data analytics lead (Ben Terry) was very positive and he is keen to engage with the centre moving forward. The teams plan to use the skills learnt to enhance their data analytics capacity to explore a number of projects including county lines, knife crime and understanding trends in crime data.

The agenda included:
Introduction to the Session
Cross-Validation
Regression
Classification

All delegates reported an improvement in understanding.

it is also worth noting that the constabulary has expressed an interest in undertaking a challenge lab in 2020 which is currently being explored with the outreach lead.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Training: Introduction to SQL - Transport for West Midlands and Partners 
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 On 13th January 2020 the Centre facilitated a training session for Transport for West Midlands and partners including Coventry City Council, West Midlands Police, Walsall Council, West Midlands Combined Authority, Birmingham City Council, Sandwell Council and Black Country Consortium.

This was an interactive workshop providing delegates with intermediate level training on R designed to build upon previous training delivered by the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre.

The agenda included:
Introduction to SQL
Key components of SQL Server
Single table SELECT statements
Multi-table SELECT statements
DML statements

The session was well received, with all delegates reporting an improved understanding of SQL and awareness of the Centre and its work.

The session resulted from continued engagement with Jason Davies who is also involved in the regional data analyst group and crime reduction unit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Training: The Application of SQL - Transport for West Midlands and Partners 
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 On 14th January 2020 the Centre facilitated a training session for Transport for West Midlands and partners including Coventry City Council, West Midlands Police, Walsall Council, West Midlands Combined Authority, Birmingham City Council, Sandwell Council and Black Country Consortium.

This was an interactive workshop providing delegates with intermediate level training on R designed to build upon previous training delivered by the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre.

The agenda included:
Queries that aggregate data
Sub-queries
Creating/implementing views
Using set operators to combine query results
Creating/implementing stored procedures
Adding programming constructs such as variables, conditions, and loops to SQL

The session resulted from continued engagement with Jason Davies who is also involved in the regional data analyst group and crime reduction unit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Webinar: DAIV Application Process 
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 Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact On 7th February 2020, 98 people registered for the webinar which took place. The webinar focused on how to apply for a DAIV, the wider expertise of the Centre and case studies of data analytics and impact we have had to date. 54% were from the public sector, others represented private sector and not for profits.

The webinar included a live Q&A. An engaged audience submitted many questions about the power and value of data as well as how to apply for grant funded support.

The webinar was also an opportunity to promote the annual conference as well as gain insight into topics that would be of interest to our stakeholders which will be used to inform future webinars, podcasts and training sessions.

Within 3 days we received over 10 requests for follow up consultations and information these include from: Innovation Centre, Neil Griffin,
BodySwaps, Children's University, EveWright Studio, Southend YMCA, Healthy New Towns - Essex County Council and Colchester Borough Council, St Lukes Hospice and Kent Council.

Engagement was also enhanced through social media.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Workshop/Training: Charity Data 101 
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 On 2nd March 2020, the Centre delivered a workshop for the third sector aimed at laying the foundations of data analytics, creating a data strategy and sharing ideas around the use of data to inform delivery.

Over 11 delegates attended the workshop each representing a different organisation including: Southend Carers, Support 4 Sight, Mind at Work, SANS, Trinity, Helen Rollason Cancer Charity, BEST Growth Hub, Garon Park CiC, Trust Link, HARP and University of East London.

All delegates reported an improved understanding of data. Feedback forms rated the session 8 or above out of 10.

Engagement was extended through social media and all delegates took away an information pack including useful resources, contact details and details of the Centre's work.

A number of the delegates have already registered for future training and expressed an interest in further projects/collaboration with the Centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020