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Talking data with our citizens

We’re launching a new series of Citizen Research and Engagement sessions in August 2020. Residents throughout Essex are invited to share their views, and tell us how they feel about Councils, Police, health and our partners sharing and combining the data we hold to create valuable new insight.

For ecda, and its member organisations, it is imperative that Essex residents have a voice in how we use data to generate valuable insight to protect people from harm, support the most vulnerable, and make decisions about the services they receive from Essex County Council, Essex Police and our partners. 

In addition to involving our residents in the data and analytics projects that relate to their communities and the services they use, ecda wants to create new opportunities to engage our county in a conversation about data analytics for social good. Regular online sessions will begin on 4 August, residents’ views will inform ecda’s practices, including enabling the Data Ethics Committee to consider citizens' aspirations and concerns as part of their independent review of each project. Our hope is that through open and honest conversation with residents together we can shape a role for them to be involved in ecda’s ongoing work.

These sessions will be a great addition to ecda’s existing Citizen Research and Engagement programme and will create a space for collaborative conversation between diverse groups of residents and will provide a forum for them to forge new links with the ecda team, its member organisations - ECC, University of Essex and Essex Police – and the independent Data Ethics Committee. The sessions will become a permanent addition to ecda’s programme of work and will seek to identify further areas of research, collaboration and advocacy around public engagement on data analytics for social good. 

ecda has worked alongside, spoken to, and surveyed thousands of residents as part of our work to date. In a survey conducted by Essex County Council in March-April 2020, seven in 10 residents told us that with their consent they are comfortable sharing data to generate insight that supports people, places and public services in Essex.

Those interested in participating in the sessions can find out more and apply here.

Last updated 24/07/20