September Sprint: Building capabilities that drive our values

September has been all about building capability! From focusing on our team’s analysis skills and fostering know-how within the wider data network to engaging our senior leaders and enabling Essex organisations and communities to better understand issues so that they can design, plan and deliver new services.

ecda hosted two events for its Be Part Of The Equation data network here in Essex. We welcomed around 100 data professionals from 23 organisations to focus on data visualisation skills, and to explore the most recent application of clustering and geospatial analysis within ecda’s projects.

Following a successful discussion at ecda Programme Board on capability building, we’ll continue conversations with the ONS Data Science Campus and the University of Essex about future collaboration and we’ll be delivering more learning events in October.

Elsewhere Essex Chief Executives welcomed ecda at their monthly meeting to begin discussing the Essex Data Declaration as an opportunity to further shape the data culture we require across Essex public services to deliver high quality data analytics and insight that can support colleagues and communities to make decisions about the services most needed. The Head of ecda is working up a full draft of the Data Declaration throughout October, so more on that next month!

It was great to hear from colleagues in Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership about how they've been working with Essex charities to use the insight generated by the ecda mental health crisis and societal impact of covid projects to evidence demand and support funding applications for additional mental health community services within Rochford. The bid for new community services to improve mental health and wellbeing supports the NHS’ Community Mental Health Transformation programme.

The ECC Mental Health Team is also now in the latter stages of remodelling the pathway design for its new supported accommodation service, which should go live in spring 2022. The insight from the ecda mental health crisis project is providing an evidence base for this review, which will include commissioning of community integration services to support people to live independently.

You can view our detailed September sprint notes here.


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