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Future of Essex Newlsetter

Welcome to the Future of Essex newsletter, a special edition sharing the latest news from the Essex Centre for Data Analytics

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Young people creating insight led engagement campaign on violence and vulnerabilities

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A new insight-driven behaviour change campaign to help prevent the exploitation of young people in Essex is currently in development with 11-16s across the county as part of a multi-agency project led by the Violence and Vulnerability Unit.

The campaign has been informed by insight generated by the Essex Centre for Data Analytics (ecda) as part of its youth violence and vulnerability work, and has been bolstered by additional in-depth citizen research conducted by Essex County Council.

This strategic partnership between ECC, PFCC, VVU, ecda, Southend and Thurrock Councils, education, health and the voluntary sector is the first example of evidence-led multi-agency public engagement work within the county, and a great example of how ecda’s work is impacting whole system transformation targeted on delivering early intervention and preventative action within our communities.

Young people are shaping the video content at the heart of the campaign, which will be previewed at the PFCC Conference on 13 March and will go live at the end of the month. Creative production agency Raygun has been commissioned to produce content for the campaign and is working with young people to ensure the film is authentic and rooted in their world. ecda and ECC will host a workshop at the PFCC conference to share learning around this new approach to insight-led citizen engagement.


Be part of the conversation

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The Essex Centre for Data Analytics (ecda) is recruiting! 

Enabling robust ethical review of ecda’s work is important to us, and a new Data Ethics Committee (DEC) is being established to provide additional and independent advice to ecda.

Be part of our county’s new centre of excellence for data analytics and join us on our journey to generate powerful insight that has the potential to enable services that are designed to intervene early and prevent some of the biggest challenges facing people and places in our county.

ecda is looking for specialist and lay volunteers to serve on the DEC. ecda would like to hear from data science specialists, ethicists, academics with interest in the ethical use of technology, human rights advocates, and those with expertise in public sector and/or police ethics, social policy, IT, change management, research methods, health policy, regulatory frameworks, sociology, criminology, general or digital ethics and moral philosophy.

For more information and to apply please contact jennifer.housego@essex.police.uk by 14 February 2020.


Let's get physical

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ecda is supporting the Essex Local Delivery Pilot (LDP) to identify communities that are at particular risk of escalating levels of inactivity.  

ecda has successfully shared the first Let’s Get Physical dashboard with the LDP team. This initial iteration uses Sport England data to highlight areas with inactive communities of people, providing both the LDP and Sport England with their first round of actionable insight to inform commissioning decisions.

By providing a detailed picture of the communities that do not currently participate in 30 minutes of physical activity per week, and a greater understanding as to why, ecda will enable Active Essex to deploy targeted resources to those communities most in need in Colchester, Tendring and Basildon and reduce associated health risks such as obesity, mental health issues, and social isolation.

We are currently restructuring data to share a live dashboard with the LDP and Sport England, with a future ambition to share more widely with key partners.


Data for Good: Come with challenges, leave with solutions

The Essex Centre for Data Analytics and DataKind are teaming up to help community and voluntary sector organisations discover what’s possible when it comes to data.

If you’re wondering how data can drive better outcomes for the communities you serve or what more you could do with the information your organisation holds to solve the county’s shared challenges, then the Data for Good event is for you!

We’re ready and willing to commit our knowledge, energy and enthusiasm - free of charge - to use data science for social good. All we ask for in return is your time and an open mind – you don’t need to be a data guru – just join us on 25th February 2-4pm at Chelmsford Central Baptist Church to share your most difficult challenges and to discover the potential for partnership working.

This event is supported by the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre and the Essex CVS (ECVS) and is for charitable trusts and organisations operating within the Essex community and voluntary sector only. Spaces are limited to 50 (two representatives per organisation) so book now to avoid disappointment.

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More insight coming soon...

2020 is certain to be a year of action for ecda with several of our key projects due to deliver insight.

From new projects including avoidable A&E attendance and homelessness, to providing additional insight on escalating domestic abuse, youth violence and vulnerability, county lines and knife crime, ecda will continue to provide a data analytics service that enables partners to safely share data and deliver actionable insight that informs early intervention and preventative services across the county.

Initial insight recently generated on mental health crisis has helped ECC Commissioners to identify where there are crossovers between mental health, social care and drug and alcohol services. To further support agency collaboration, the work is expanding to include EPUT data. The ambition is to design an early warning system that identify opportunities to intervene earlier and prevent our most vulnerable citizens reaching crisis.  

We’ll keep you posted as our work continues to develop, you can subscribe to our blog https://insight.blog.essex.gov.uk/category/ecda/ or contact us for more information at any time by emailing ecda@essex.gov.uk


Everything is awesome

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Many people assume that Data Analysts don’t like talking to people, but ecda’s Project Lead; ECC’s Intelligence Manager Tom Aldworth, claims he’s not like other analysts in his account on working for the Essex Centre for Data Analytics, where he encourages everyone to be bold and celebrate what we’re good at. 

“If I had a pound every time someone said to me “Tom, working in the partnership space must be very exciting and fun and you must love it”, I wouldn’t be all that much richer. That’s why I’ve decided to write a blog about it.”

Read Tom’s blog here and sign up to receive the latest ecda Insight Blog.

If you'd like to join Tom and meet Data Analysts and Data Scientists from ECC, health, Fire, University of Essex, Police and partners across Essex, join us at the next Be Part of the Equation network meeting on 26 March 2-4.30pm to be held in Chelmsford. Register your interest by emailing ecda@essex.gov.uk