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University of Essex

Wivenhoe Park

Colchester

CO4 3SQ

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The University of Essex Catalyst Project has been working with Essex County Council, Suffolk County Council and other local public service providers.

The aim of the Catalyst Project is to harness data science to target initiatives where they are most needed, assess and predict risk and evaluate the impact and effectiveness of public service initiatives dedicated to community members needing support.

We will showcase the progress, unpack the challenges and highlight the future potential that data science can offer from high level systems change through to improvements on the ground.

This conference will be of interest to colleagues based in local authorities who have responsibilty for technology and digital transformation services, ICT, service improvement, data analytics, operations, corporate and customer services, communities and customers.

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09:30 Registration

10:00 Conference welcome by Professor Lorna Fox O'Mahony, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Essex

10:10 Keynote delivered by Stephen Kavanagh, who has extensive experience of digital innovation in public service provision, formerly Chief Constable of Essex Police and National Lead for Digital Policing Portfolio

10:40 Panel debate – ‘The importance of using digital innovation across collaborative multi agency partnerships to effect system change’ discussed by:

  • Gavin Jones, Essex County Council Chief Executive
  • Nicola Beach, Suffolk County Council Chief Executive Officer
  • Ben-Julian Harrington, Essex Police Chief Constable
  • Professor Maria Fasli, University of Essex , Director of Institute for Analytics and Data Science and the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre

11:45 Catalyst initiatives -breakout sessions:

  • Demonstration: ‘The Spotlight Toolkit’ – designed to evaluate the impact of public service initiatives
  • Solution-focussed workshop: How to facilitate effective data sharing between organisations
  • Case studies: Predictive analytical models to reduce risk and improve outcomes

13:00 Lunch and networking

14:00 Catalyst initiatives – breakout sessions

Data Analysis: case study utilising Essex Police Data

Evaluation: Resilience Policy Database

Asset Mapping: Making better use of community assets and improving the life chances of young people in Colchester

15:00 Panel debate – The legal and ethical considerations required for effective data collection, sharing and analysis, discussed by:

  • Suffolk Office of Data Analytics (SODA)

  • Essex Centre for Data Analytics (ECDA)

  • University of Essex

  • Essex Police

15:45 Conference round-up from Professor Lorna Fox O'Mahony, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Essex

16:00 Conference close

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