New agenda for Think Data for Government 2023

Our flagship data conference returns for an in-person only conference on December 12th. Register your place now.

Posted 26 June 2023 by Matt Stanley

After the success of the Think Data for Government conference in May this year, we have wasted no time in forming a new agenda, based on feedback from delegates, innovation and activity taking place in the sector. This conference aims to be the biggest and best in the series to date, with great speakers from across the public and private sectors. We have listed the main topics for the agenda below to give you an idea of what to expect on the day. This is an in-person only conference and it will take place in our regular Westminster venue on December 12th. Ticket numbers are limited, so please register today to ensure you can attend.

We are currently recruiting speakers from across the public sector and data industry and are in discussion with a number of potential sponsors for the event. We have already recruited a number of brilliant speakers including Claire Bloomfield, Director Centre for Improving Data Collaboration at NHS England, Lisa Allen, Director of Data and Tech Services at the Open Data Institute and Sam Starling, Head of Data and Insight at Wiltshire Council.

If this an event that you or your company would like to be part of please do get in touch. James Herbert, CEO of Pivotl, the headline sponsor for our last Data for Government event in May and confirmed sponsor for the December event said of the conference programme, “ I am blown away by the real community of experts and people with huge credibility at this event, it’s been very inspiring. I think that given where data is going, the potential for this community and this event to get a much higher profile and become more central to the heart of government transformation is huge.”

  • Government Keynote 

A data leaders from a central government department will share their focus, activity and insight around data projects that they are currently undertaking.

  • Challenges and opportunities with linked data

There’s been a rapid acceleration in the use of linked data across the UK public sector, as more public bodies find ways to share their valuable information assets, and a flowering of innovative use cases for the public good. But despite the removal of early barriers challenges still remain. In this session our panellists will highlight promising use cases and work still to be done. 

  • Data responses to the cost-of-living crisis

In the wake of UK inflation at its highest levels in over 40 years, citizens continue to experience enduring hardship. How can public and third sector bodies use data to find solutions – whether by targeting help at the most vulnerable, or identifying opportunities for better policy? 

  • Measure for success: the role of KPIs

Government guidance on the future of data linkage recommended that analytical professions and government departments should “develop and maintain a quality culture when linking data, ensuring that quality metrics are produced and communicated to others”. Two years later, what progress have public bodies made in developing and using quality metrics? And what other KPIs might be useful (or not)? 

  • Building data capability

Public bodies all over the UK are committed to the principle of using data to improve public service delivery. But an enduring skills shortage in both technical and non-technical roles continues to be the primary barrier to capability-building, particularly for smaller bodies outside of the main urban centres. What can public bodies be doing to address this? 

  • Patient and public voice in health research

There’s real excitement about the benefits of health data research, and significant progress being made with new types of research – on the back of supporting infrastructure developed in the last few years. Involving patients and the public continues to be crucial – not just as a passive exercise in consent-gaining, but as a powerful tool to shape impactful research. Our panellists show us how. 

  • Unlocking local insights

Local authorities hold data with significant potential to unlock public benefit, spanning domains from health and social care to the environment, transport, education and more. But fragmentation and lack of capability continues to be a barrier to progress. Our panellists, representing councils at different stages of data maturity, will discuss the art of the possible.

  • Future of Data

In this final session of the day, we gather insight from a range of experts from both the public and private sector, who share their opinions and expectations on the future of public sector data, the good, the potential bad and the must haves.

Register your place at Decembers conference here today.