Data, Tech Policy

UK Offices of Data Analytics – from rhetoric to reality

12 Jun , 2016  

Eddie Copeland Offices of Data Analytics

If you’ve heard me speak at a conference or read one of my blogs, you’ve probably gathered that I’m a big admirer of New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA). At times I may have sounded like a broken record. In my defence, there are good reasons to be excited about the model […]

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Data, Videos

What does a good data market look like?

30 Apr , 2016   Video

On 29 April 2016 I took part in a lunchtime debate hosted by the Open Data Institute on the subject: What does a good data market look like? I was joined on the panel by Leigh Dodds, Chair of Bath: Hacked and ODI Associate; and Yodit Stanton, founder of Open Sensors. The comments I gave (see […]

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Data, Tech Policy

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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If city devolution is to succeed, cities need to up their game on data

15 Jan , 2016  

Smart Devolution - Eddie Copeland

Today sees the launch of “Smart Devolution”, my final report for Policy Exchange, co-authored with Cameron Scott. Read the full report here. The following article introducing the report first appeared in Computer Weekly. Smart Devolution City devolution is at the very heart of the government’s policy programme for this parliament. The intention is that by […]


Data, Tech Policy

10 Recommendations for the UK Digital Strategy

10 Jan , 2016  

UK Digital Strategy - Eddie Copeland

In response to the Government’s request for ideas for the UK’s Digital Strategy, I offer the following recommendations for Section 2 – Transforming Government. Data Public sector digital transformation fundamentally depends on making smarter use of data. Therefore: 1 – should be converted into a data marketplace where different creators and consumers of data […]

Tech Policy

What to expect from public sector digital transformation in 2016

11 Dec , 2015  

Eddie Copeland Digital Transformation in 2016

A version of this article first appeared on The arrival of December inevitably prompts reflections on the past year and predictions for the next. So what can be said of the world of public sector digital transformation? Several key developments that took place in 2015 point to what might be expected in 2016. Death […]

Tech Policy, Videos

Socitm Speech: Digital Nudge and the Peak Demand Problem in Public Services

30 Nov , 2015   Video

At the Socitm Annual Conference in November 2015, I presented my ideas on Digital Nudge and the Peak Demand Problem in Public services (read the blog here). Interested in how human behaviour is affected by computer screens? I highly recommend The Smarter Screen by Shlomo Benartzi. Find me on Twitter.