“Don’t believe everything you read in the papers” is a quote often heard throughout society whether it be a piece of celebrity gossip or a hard-to-believe factual article. But is there any value in using information from newspapers, magazines or websites to help understand work or a topic you are about to start?
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I’ve heard many statistical experts exclaim that ‘Statistics is an art!’ This being usually in reference that, like with artistic techniques, there is not one definitive rulebook which details all statistical techniques and how to apply them in every type …
The Essex Centre for Data Analytics combines data with the experience of people and communities across Essex in order to create powerful insight and inform policy decisions. The Data in ecda is much more than a large collection of numbers …
In life we perform a series of actions that allow us to achieve a number of different tasks or activities that contribute to an overall goal. Whether it might be taking the food waste out to the green bin, walking the dogs, or even travelling into work. But how many times in an actual day do we reflect???
Futures Academy has allowed a cohort of people to explore and undertake alternative methods of working instead of traditional ‘go to’, ‘same old’ project team activities.
The last few years of hard work by Essex Partners this week culminated in the official launch of the Essex Centre for Data Analytics (ECDA) at NESTA’s City Data Conference.
As a team we place a great deal of focus of learning. We are always looking for opportunities to learn, and one such chance comes from the LARIA annual conference. Our last blog post talked about the awards we won at the conference. But what else happened there and what did we learn?
A picture tells a thousand words......
Now in its fourth year the Challenge Project is a collaboration between the Data & Analytics and the University of Essex. Each year Essex County Council sets a research topic, aka ‘the challenge’, to some of the best social science undergraduates at the University.
Broadly speaking, evaluation is measuring the worth or value of something. This could be a programme of work, policy or service. There is no ‘magic formula’ to evaluation. We all make daily judgements about the worth or value of something; only evaluation requires greater critical thinking and a structured approach.