Essex

Capturing golden nuggets through immersive research

Photo of banana skin being put in food waste bin

Did you know that the average household throws away £60 worth of food every month? Or that recycling one banana peel can generate enough energy to charge two mobile phones? Food waste is a big problem for the planet, for Essex, and for our residents. To help inform a county-wide campaign, we set out to explore behaviours around food waste using an online research community approach.

A year in Open Data

Happy Open Data Day!! OK, I’m early, the big day isn’t until Saturday 5 March  but we wanted you to have time to get your party hats, balloons and cakes all ready for the weekend (if you needed an excuse …

Influencing hearts and minds through research

Quote: The only way things will improve in my view is for people to be open minded and truly listen to the people who have been through this.”

Recently we completed a research project with survivors of domestic abuse, and wanted to share a bit about how we did it and why it was so important to us that this research has an impact. We engaged with survivors of domestic abuse over a period of several months, to explore how they want to share their views, provide feedback and be involved in decision-making, in a way that is best for them.

Assessing the strength of communities in Essex

We commissioned Oxford Consultants for Social Inclusion (OCSI) to undertake a review of community need and ‘left behind’ areas in Essex. The review sought to help us understand how Essex compares to other areas in terms of its levels of community need, and which factors are more significant than others in contributing to areas having high levels of need.

How hard can it be?

“How hard can it be?” That is my thought process when I come to approaching new challenges. If I’m able to see others excelling at one thing, I know that with enough time and practice I’ll be able to replicate what they can do. So, when I was asked to create a Power BI dashboard to enable ECC to share the residents’ survey data, “how hard can it be?”, came straight into my head.