The Catalyst Risk Stratification Team have worked alongside Essex Partners on the School Readiness pilot initiative. The Team applied data analyses and advanced machine learning techniques to anonymised data to build a predictive model which was applied to identify children who may not be ready to start school by the age of 5 in a selected pilot area.
As part of this project the Catalyst Risk team has contributed academic expertise to the integration of machine learning techniques in the Council’s decision making processes. The model has been used by Essex Partners to further develop the Essex Data (ED) programme, which is part of the county’s ‘Future of Essex’ strategy.
Commissioners have been able to use insight from the ED programme to apply for £3.35 million funding for interventions, to inform work with Ofsted, and to form a ‘New Generations’ community group consisting of parents, head teachers and charity representatives, which has implemented a new nursery and family boot camp in the pilot area.