Data and research led decision making
We will modernise how we manage and share our data, embedding research and data analysis into our decision-making processes, while creating the right capability, infrastructure, resilience, and collaborations.
As a council we hold a wealth of data, all collected and processed as part of our daily activities. This includes financial (taxes, benefits, housing), education (attendance, exclusions, attainment, higher education and training) and environmental data (parks, roads, air quality).
Data and research have been identified as key areas for development and a priority for the council and as such are embedded into the Corporate Plan. This includes the programme of change enablers, one of which specifically identifies the need to join up and use the data we hold to improve our understanding of what matters to our residents.
By developing a cross-organisational culture that recognises our data as a valuable, strategic and trusted resource, we will drive its use beyond the initial purpose for which it is collected while ensuring robust data protection controls are in place. Alignment to the UK Government Data Ethics Framework will also help us to ensure compliance with the overarching principles including transparency, accountability and fairness.
We will promote an approach where data is most powerful when it is of high-quality, of accepted standards, discoverable, accessible, interoperable, safely held, shared appropriately and linked to external administrative data sets.