Through research with employees we found that there are many working parents within ECC who are feeling the pressures of juggling work and home life, and would benefit from some extra support. Our insights informed the development of a group coaching pilot. Evaluating well was key, and we were keen to learn as we go.
Last week some of the team went up to Birmingham for the LARIA Research Impact Awards and conference, and came away with three 'highly commended' awards for the Research and Data teams.
A picture tells a thousand words......
The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, a mouthful no doubt so don’t expect to see that again, let's call it the JSNA. The JSNA is a way of understanding what our Essex population looks like, how many people live where, what the health conditions are, what services they use, and where they are.
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.
We are excited to let you know that the new Essex Open Data website has gone live. We invite you to explore the current data sets and documents already available and let us know if you have ideas about what else you would like to see in the future.
On 15th March, we attended the Greater London Authority’s Data Surgery for Civil Society organisations at City Hall.
Creating surveys which are meaningful and ask the right questions of the right people is not always an easy task. Our team regularly receive requests from colleagues asking for advice around survey design, and we thought it would be helpful to share some of our top tips with you.
The Research and Citizen Insight team are pleased to announce the launch of our new consultation platform - yes that is an image of Mersea Island on our homepage!
Who knows who John Landy is?
I will give you a bit of blank space to ponder your answer…