November Sprint Activity

Creating a shared language for data

During November we wrapped up our year of events for our professional data network, Be Part Of The Equation, with a final session focusing on Understanding Our Population Through The Data Available Around Us. The event brought together more than 50 data peers throughout Essex to focus on building their understanding of health data and segmentation. A video recording of the event is available here.

Keith Ellis, Head of Business Intelligence, NHS North East Essex CCG demystified “health data” for data colleagues across Essex public services and together data colleagues made a significant step toward building a shared understanding of the data available to better understand system challenges.

A huge thank you to ecda’s Duncan Taylor who joined the team three months ago to advance a capability programme for Essex. During his time with the team Duncan has delivered a great range of Show and Share and BPOTE events for the data network.

With Duncan’s leadership the BPOTE network has grown by more than a third, with over 150 data colleagues now joining together through the network events. We are looking forward to Duncan’s plans for extending the network in 2022.

Recognising our data champions

Stephen Simpkin, Data Science Fellow for Essex County Council and a member of the ecda team has been shortlisted for the Professor Sir Ian Diamond Excellence Award 2021, within the Analysis In Government Awards.

“It was incredible to be nominated, but to be shortlisted is overwhelmingly exciting,” says Stephen. “This is an award for talking about analytics, and the most pleasing element in the last year has been that the things I have been talking about are now dominated by our own team’s projects to improve outcomes for people rather than these seemingly out-of-reach use cases from the private sector or academia.”

Best of luck to Stephen, the winner will be announced mid-December, however Stephen is already considered a champion within Essex for his commitment to inspiring and developing colleagues, growing the Analysis function across the public sector, and delivering data projects that lead to better outcomes for citizens.

Data Ethics Committee

The Essex Data Ethics Committee (DEC) met in November to consider ecda’s proposed project; Information Sharing to Tackle Violence (ISTV).

The Committee welcomed two new members, Anton Beer and Iain Birtwell, both residents of Essex and following discussion, the DEC agreed that the ISTV research project is clearly acting in the public interest. The DEC said: “We are supportive of the ISTV project proceeding and will be interested to see the outcomes of the analysis in the longer term.” You can find the DEC meeting minutes here.

You can read our full November sprint notes here.


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