Unlocking Insights from Data to Improve Policy and Decision Making

12 December 2024

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For further information, please email David Leakey on [email protected] or phone on +44 20 7661 7817.

As more and more data is becoming available to civil servants in digital formats, including live information provided in real time, there are vast new opportunities being opened up for informing and supporting policy and decision making processes. Data can be analysed, processed and its insights presented and assimilated in a way that previously took weeks or months. This seminar is designed to help you to understand and make the most of these opportunities by showing you a methodical way to harness the information in an efficient and timely way to inform your policy work.

Who is the seminar designed for?
The seminar is designed for civil servants and staff in the wider public sector at all levels, who need to understand how to make better use of the vast amounts of data that is now available, so that your performance in policy development and the decision making process can be significantly enhanced, while being underpinned by the information and insight that your organisational data, and that of other public bodies, contains.

How will you benefit from attending?
You will learn how to harness the insights that data can provide for you and your policy team, so that your policy making is better informed with archival, up-to-date, and even live real-time information in a way that has simply not been possible in the past. You will understand the kinds of initiatives that are being undertaken every day in this field, and how you can make the most of the vast organisational, governmental and private sector reserves of information available to you.

Learning Objectives

You will understand:

  • What lessons have been learnt so far in terms of unlocking the insights in data most effectively
  • Understand the importance of sharing data across government and how to do it to best effect
  • Learn what organisations exist with vast amounts of data that you can use, as well as the developing legal frameworks for sharing information
  • Understand how national data strategies are developing and how your work can fit into these, and how these will impact on your role in the near future
  • Examine how to ensure that everyone you work with properly understands and is buying into the opportunities available
  • Understand how dynamic and real time data can help your work
  • Learn how AI can be used to assist the process of data analysis and help reveal insight from trends, live and historical data 

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Times on the Agenda are in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)
Start time in Eastern Time: 08:00. Finish time 12:30
Start time in the UK 13:00. Finish time 17:30

13:00 Understanding the Landscape

A brief overview of:

  • What we mean by ‘data’ in government – different types, new forms of data
  • Government organisations with responsibility for data and data policy
  • Major data-related initiatives, frameworks, guidance and legislation
  • The wider data ecosystem (public sector, third sector, business)
  • Where to go for further support (cross-government communities, resources)
  • Demystifying key terms and trends (including big data, AI)


Finding and Sharing Data

  • Where to find data
  • Planning the data you will need from the beginning
  • Data sharing in government
    • Challenges and barriers (including legal, organisational/cultural, technical, political, covering eg law, governance and information management; leadership and culture; importance of standards and interoperability)
    • Importance of trust and public engagement
    • Recent initiatives and case studies (with examples of sharing data in government and engaging the public and building trust)


Using, Analysing and Presenting Data

  • Beneficial uses of data in government – analysis, decisions, better policy, better public services, resource allocation, better regulation, value for money
  • Data visualisation
  • Real time data and dashboards – pros and cons
  • Recent initiatives and case studies (with examples of data analysis for policy and good data visualisation)

Final Questions and Discussion Session

17:30 Close

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The price of attending this Virtual Training Seminar is:
GBP £250 per person
CAD $430 per person
EUR €290 per person
USD $320 per person

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Please contact us for further details, or to arrange a conversation with a member of our training team to discuss in-house delivery options, including tailoring the day’s training to your specific needs.
You can email David Leakey on [email protected] or phone on +44 20 7661 7817.

Crown Commercial Service supports the public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services.