Essex County Council is massive. There are around 12,000 employees. It’s the second biggest local authority in the country, geographically, and it’s the second largest spending authority (which makes sense, given the size thing I just mentioned). There are hundreds …
Last year the Research & Citizen Insight team were given the gigantic task of carrying out research into Essex Libraries.
We needed to understand our citizens’ experiences of using libraries, what they value about the service, and how we can create a library service that is fit for today and for the future.
You may have seen the recent blog telling you about what the Research and Citizen Insight Team do and thought it would be great to bring some of these skills into your own team…read on to hear about how we recently shared our skills and expertise with colleagues in Commissioning Services.
Data and analytics have just finished a 7 day challenge using agile working approaches to think about new ways of supporting the current conversations around Adult Social Care demand and budgeting and to develop a new tool to facilitate these discussions.
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.
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
We live in a world where data exists everywhere. In 2016 it was estimated that 90% of the data that existed had been generated in the previous 2 years. But how can we make the most of this data-rich environment? That is the role of the Data & Analytics team.
Meet the Research & Citizen Insight team! We work to put citizens at the heart of everything we do, and love getting out and about speaking with Essex residents about their views and experiences.
Good day to all and welcome to the home of Insight. This is an outlet for Essex County Council's Analytics and Research teams to share their wisdom, their world, and their wonderful work. We'll begin by telling you a little bit about ourselves...