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

Programme for the day




Conference welcome by Professor Lorna Fox O'Mahony, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Essex


Keynote 'Using digital Innovation to improve public services’ delivered by Stephen Kavanagh, Ex Chief Constable of Essex Police and National Lead for Digital Policing Portfolio


Panel debate 'Digital innovation within local government implementing system change, and the importance of collaborative multi-agency partnerships” 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:

  • The Spotlight Toolkit: Helping you become a better evaluator
  • Data Sharing: How to overcome organisational/behavioural issues to allow effective data sharing between organisations. A solution focused workshop
  • Application of predictive analytics in social care: tools to support decision making


Lunch and networking


Catalyst initiatives breakout sessions:

  • Data + People + Action = Essex Centre for Data Analytics
  • Essex Police case study
  • Evaluating community resilience: A new database can help strengthen resilience in your own community
  • Stats Maps Chats: Using ethnographic research and asset mapping to explore perceptions of antisocial behaviour and domestic abuse


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


Conference round-up from Professor Lorna Fox O'Mahony, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Essex


Conference close