The project consists of a core team based at UK Education Research and Innovation, and a range of enlisted specialists required for specific areas.
As a consequence the project has recourse to a range of specialisms that cover the following areas:
The wide range of work areas means that we have had to develop a good capacity to take on board new areas of client need and presenting ways of solving the clients challenges. For example, recently this includes using specialists in health, education and social care to develop a solution to using raw open government data to meet specific needs.
Data Acquisition and Scope
Knowing what data is available, how to access it, how to use it in a compliant manner is clearly a challenging aspect. We have grown a strong capacity to keep abreast of all developments and match data to client needs, not least as new data is being made available all the time.
Understanding how to use take complex raw data and and use various IT tools to analyse it is critical to this project. In some cases we use off-the-shelf tools and in other instances we have developed our own tools to make sense of huge and complex data sets.
Mapping and Visual Presentation
We like to think that one of our strongest areas of work to be that of creating innovative and accessible visual mechanisms for presenting the key messages in complex data. This includes using advanced geographical information systems (GIS) to produce visually appealing maps and graphs of data for a locality. We hold licenses to use a great deal of UK mapping data, and have the software to create A3 bespoke maps for clients.
Public Presentation and Client Support
Taking core messages to community groups through good communication skills has been a central aspect of our work. There is no point in undertaking such work if it is not constructively and positively presented to a wider audience. In some cases that has been internal, particularly where organisations are creating self evaluation data for external audit, in other this has been to create data for external readership – such as the wider public.