How we work

Demystifying evaluation

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.

Ethics in data and research: how does it work in practice?

Many of us will be familiar with the core elements of ethics within data and research, but we need to go one step further and ask ourselves: why are we gathering the data? What purpose will it serve and what impact will it have? To avoid gathering insight in a tokenistic way, we need to be clear about the reasons behind why we are doing it.

Fear of consultation or fear of change?

Historically the word ‘consultation’ has put fear and anxiety into many a local authority around decision-making with residents in mind; however we now need to embrace this as an opportunity to have a two-way conversation where opinions are exchanged, considered and not ultimately dismissed.

Summer learning....... had me a blast

In July, Data & Analytics were invited to the Big Data and Analytics Summer School organised by the Institute for Analytics and Data Science, held at the University of Essex in Colchester. Four members of the team went along for various courses across the two weeks, and all came away with some really valuable experiences and knowledge