Catalyst Conference 2019

The conference will be centred on the work carried out by the Catalyst Project across two main project areas:

  1. Risk Stratification: using predictive analytics to better target public service resources
  2. Evaluation: empowering public services to evaluate the impact of their programmes


Time Details
9.30am Registration 
10am Conference welcome by Professor Lorna Fox O'Mahony,
Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Essex
10.10am Keynote delivered by Stephen Kavanagh, who has extensive experience of digital innovation in public service provision, formerly Chief Constable of Essex Police and National Lead for Digital Policing Portfolio

Panel debate ‘The importance of using digital innovation across collaborative multi agency partnerships to effect system change’ discussed by:

  • Gavin Jones, Essex County Council Chief Executive
  • Nicola Beach, Suffolk County Council Chief Executive Officer
  • Ben-Julian Harrington, Essex Police Chief Constable
  • Professor Maria Fasli, University of Essex, Director of Institute for Analytics
    and Data Science and the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre

    Catalyst initiatives breakout sessions:

    • Demonstration: ‘The Spotlight Toolkit’ – designed to evaluate the impact of public service initiatives
    • Solution-focussed workshop: How to facilitate effective data sharing between organisations
    • Case studies: Predictive analytical models to reduce risk and improve outcomes
    1pm Lunch and networking 

    Catalyst initiatives breakout sessions:

    • Data Analysis: case study utilising Essex Police Data
    • Evaluation: Resilience Policy Database
    • Asset Mapping: Making better use of community assets and improving
      the life chances of young people in Colchester

      Panel debate 'The legal and ethical considerations required for effective data collection, sharing and analysis' discussed by:

      • Suffolk Office of Data Analytics (SODA)
      • Essex Centre for Data Analytics (ECDA)
      • University of Essex
      • Essex Police
        3.45pm Conference round-up from Professor Lorna Fox O'Mahony, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Essex
        4pm Conference close


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