Tech Policy

The UK Digital Strategy: big ambitions, small details

13 Apr , 2017  

What next for government policy on tech - Eddie Copeland

On 1st March the Government finally published its much-anticipated UK Digital Strategy. Its aim is to “create a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone”. That’s ambitious stuff. What should we make of its provisions for the public sector? On digital government, there are some noticeable and pleasing changes in language that address some of […]

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Interview: the rationale for a London Office of Data Analytics

16 Jan , 2017   Video

During the Socitm Annual Conference in October 2016, I spoke to UKA to record this video about Nesta’s collaboration with the GLA and 14 London boroughs to pilot a London Office of Data Analytics. Interested in how cities can use data to improve services? I highly recommend The Responsive City by Stephen Goldsmith and Susan […]

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Who’s responsible for building trust with personal data?

5 Jan , 2017  

Building trust with data

As the age-old saying goes, knowledge is power. The continued relevance of this morsel of wisdom seems to underpin at least part of the growing unease at the amount of data that corporate – and especially internet – giants hold about us, their users. It is healthy, many wonder, for so much personal data to […]

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Why data is key to the success of city devolution

3 Dec , 2016  

City devolution needs data

Imagine it’s the day after the mayoral election in a UK city region. The victorious candidate gathers together the local authorities, the LEPs, the public sector bodies and citizen groups for the first time. “Right everyone,” says the Mayor. “City devolution gives us an opportunity to make progress on three things across the region. We’re […]

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9 Principles for reforming public services with data

8 Nov , 2016  

Two police officers look down a London street

Nesta’s Office of Data Analytics (ODA) programme aims to help cities and regions join up, analyse and act upon data sourced from multiple local authorities and public sector bodies to reform public services. Our hypothesis is that the scale of the financial challenges facing the public sector is such that it’s not sufficient for individual […]

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The Rise and Rise of UK City Data Analytics

18 Sep , 2016  

Supporting troubled families. Ensuring children are school-ready by the age of five. Tackling diabetes. Predicting and preventing fires. Identifying rogue landlords. Combating alcohol abuse. These are just a few of the things that UK cities are already tackling with data science. On 12 September, practitioners from Manchester, Bath, London, Essex, Sunderland, Birmingham, Sheffield and Cardiff […]

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Overcoming the hurdles to UK city data analytics

8 Aug , 2016  

Overcoming the hurdles to city data analytics

It’s no secret that Nesta’s current programme of work to pilot offices of data analytics in London (with the GLA and 14 boroughs) and the North East (with seven local authorities, the Digital Catapult and Sunderland Software City) is inspired by the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics in New York City (MODA). Yet it’s been […]

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Offices of Data Analytics: next steps for London and the North East

28 Jul , 2016  

Office of Data Analytics North East

As announced in previous blogs, Nesta is working with the GLA and more than a dozen boroughs in London – and with local authorities, the Digital Catapult and Sunderland Software City in the North East – to pilot data analytics projects that address public service challenges. This post provides a brief update on the latest […]

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Three Lessons on City Data Analytics from Mike Flowers

29 Jun , 2016  

Mike Flowers London Office of Data Analytics

I’ve previously written about plans by the GLA’s Andrew Collinge and Nesta to run a pilot for a London Office of Data Analytics, inspired by the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA) in New York City. Last week saw significant progress when 15 London boroughs came together for a workshop with the GLA to select […]

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3 Steps to Save Local Digital Government

22 Mar , 2016  

Local Digital Government

We’ve cracked the easy stuff – now for the hard part… It was a graph that first provoked my interest in local government digital reform. Flicking through the pages of an LGA report on council funding, it suddenly appeared: two lines – one showing funding, the other expenditure – starting together in 2010 and quickly […]

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Mayor, whatever you want to do, data can help you do it better

8 Mar , 2016  

London Office of Data Analytics

An open letter to the next Mayor of London explaining why they need a London Office of Data Analytics. To the new Mayor of London, Congratulations on your election victory! No doubt you’re impatient to start delivering on your campaign promises. Just before you do, I’d like to highlight one point: no matter what your […]

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MODA’s 10 step process for improving a service with data analytics

23 Feb , 2016  

10 Steps of Mayor's Office of Data Analytics

I have frequently written and spoken about the amazing work of New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA), originally set up and led by Mike Flowers (read my interview with Mike). A common question I receive is: How does MODA actually apply data analytics to help a service delivery team (SDT) – i.e. […]

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