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Data driven decision making

Nicki Mallett, Head of Profession Data and Analytics at Essex County Council leads the Essex Centre for Data Analytics, working to predict what challenges the future may hold for people across the county.

“One of Essex’s biggest challenges is a growing and ageing population. Currently we provide care services to around 6,500 children and about 17,000 older people. We are interested in predicting what challenges lie ahead for our residents, and understanding how we can better target our services to prevent risk or deliver support.”

ecda focuses on safely sharing and analysing anonymous data about communities to drive decisions. By generating predictive insight, public services such as Health, Police and Local Authorities are able to intervene early, allowing them to design and deliver services that help improve people’s lives. By targeting these services more accurately to the right people, they are able to reduce public service demand and cost.

ecda is already delivering insight focusing on school readiness, preventing escalating domestic abuse, safer business operations, knife crime, addressing the issues of gangs, violence and vulnerability among young people and has a number of new projects in the pipeline, such as preventing the unnecessary use of A&E and preventing mental health crisis.

Nicki Mallett explains why being evidence led is important to partners across Essex, and the potential that sharing data can bring. Watch Nicki here, or click the video on the right hand side.

Last updated 28 February 2020