Editorial

You’re invited: THINK Data for Government

How can you better harness data for public good? Find out from government speakers and data specialists at THINK Data for Government

Posted 14 September 2022 by Christine Horton


Data is at the heart of growth of the digital economy and the government’s plans to transform public services to help improve the day-to-day lives of individuals.

Data is now the number one asset for public sector organisations wishing to transform outcomes for citizens, and there is huge excitement about the possibilities. Government has been increasingly active in furthering the use of data and AI, and consulting on a new pro-innovation regulatory framework.

But there’s trepidation too, with civil society organisations raising increasingly loud alarm bells over bias, privacy and security. It’s also not clear whether all public bodies have the infrastructure, resources and most importantly the skills to take advantage of the new approaches.

THINK Data for Government will address all these challenges, while laying out how the public sector can harness the power of data to build true citizen-centric services.  

“The conference on October 5 will be the first time that we have gathered some of the leading lights in government data in a room physically to speak and share insight into the projects they are working on, the strategies they have applied and the challenges that they face in the remainder of 2022 and beyond,” said Think Digital Partners’ publisher, Matt Stanley.

The day’s first keynote will see a senior central government representative will cover some of the opportunities and challenges facing public sector organisations over the coming months. This will be followed by a host of panel debates and speakers exploring how to harness data for public good.

Government speakers will discuss how the public sector can address challenges like the skills gap when trying to build data capability, as well as how to use data to drive innovation – responsibly.

Elsewhere, we will look at how data can be used to support the UK government’s ambitious ‘levelling up’ policy, and delve into how the National Data Strategy aims to improve the use of data in government and help the cost of living crisis, among many other topics.

“We are lucky to have great relationships with some of the central government departments which enables us to secure three brilliant speakers from DWP, plus speakers from the Home Office, Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, the Central Digital and Data Office, NHS National Services Scotland, Public Health Wales and the Scottish Government.

“We are really pleased that TDP friend and tech advisor Jessica Figueras will again host the data conference, but this time round we also welcome Gavin Freeguard as co-host for the conference. Gavin runs the well attend Data Bites series of events for the Institute for Government.

“We really look forward to welcoming our public sector delegates both in person at our Westminster venue and also virtually through the TDP virtual event platform. See you on October 5.”

When: Wednesday October 5, 9.30 am – 4.00 pm

Where: Online and in-person at One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA

For more information on attendees, and to register, visit the THINK Data for Government website.