More details to follow on April 19th.
To provide details on environment data challenges and an NEENP hosted NESTA data analytics workshop in quarter 1 of 2017. Beginning with environment data to understand; what exists locally, data owners, the quality and availability of this data and how rich is the output from it?
There is a great deal of environment data in existence in the North East of England however there are issues with quality, ownership, accessibility, collaboration and usefulness to achieving environmental growth and increased biodiversity. Local authorities own large amounts of data and work closely with others (Defra, consultants and planners) who also own local data pertaining to habitats and species. However, many working in the environment sector claim there is a lack of data or of quality data, in part due to the age but also from lack of sharing/ open source. The workshop would consider the current environment data situation in the North East of England, then specifically for local authorities (ERIC), best practice examples and how to create a better data system to create rich environment data pictures. Opportunities will exist to extend this rich data approach to wider data owners, considering good baseline open source data, then more sophisticated and specialist paid for systems. The premise for all of this is data sharing, something many organisations aren’t comfortable doing however excellent examples exist when data sharing has given benefits to all participants. A similar activity was undertaken for the North East automotive industry and once participants were comfortable with data sharing and how commercially sensitive aspects are protected the project yield good results and an increase in collaboration.
It is appreciated that many organisations generate income from their data and this would not be overlooked in the project.
Nesta’s Offices of Data Analytics (ODA)
Nesta’s ODA programme aims to help cities and regions join up, analyse and act upon data from multiple sources to reform public services.
We work closely with local partners to scope viable data-driven projects, build information sharing agreements, collect data, perform analysis and measure results. We are currently piloting an ODA project in Essex, and have completed pilots in London and the North East (public health, councils and alcohol) Analytics.
ODA in a Day Workshop
- Introduce participants to the ‘art of the possible’, by providing leading examples of how cities are using data and analytics to innovate.
- Teach participants how to look for actionable problems and scope viable data projects using the ODA methodology.
- Share lessons and advice on how to design and implement data projects, including modules on information governance and evaluation.
- Generate potential project ideas to be taken forward by the organisation, through hands-on exercises.
Benefits for participants and the organisation:
- Greater appreciation of how data and analytics can be leveraged to save money, improve outcomes, and support innovation.
- Understanding of how to find ‘good’ problems to solve with data and what is needed to action data projects in the organisation.
- Dedicated time spent as a team on scoping potential data projects.
- The workshop is designed to be as experiential, collaborative and action-oriented as possible.
- Most of the workshop is dedicated to putting new concepts into practice in small teams and through wider group discussion.
- Suited for a group of roughly 10 – 30 participants.
- Appropriate for both senior management and staff.
- Tuesday, May 15th, 2018
- 9:30 am – 1:00pm