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Using data to help vulnerable children

Patrick Guthrie, Head of Public Service Reform, Essex County Council talks about a partnership between the Council and the University of Essex using administrative data to help vulnerable children.


We’re really testing whether we can use big data to improve outcomes for some of our most vulnerable residents. So in particular we are procuring an Essex data platform which will enable us to share, match and model data from across partners including the county council but also including health, police, district data; and using the analytical expertise of the university to then develop risk models and risk profiles that will enable us to better target our services and our support to achieve better results.

In particular we’ve started work on a prototype in Basildon, in one of the more deprived wards of Basildon, focussing on improving school readiness for age 5, so we’re bringing together data from a range of partners and we are going to be looking at;

  • what does this data tell us then when we match it and model it,
  • what does it tell us about the causes of lack of school readiness,
  • the poor outcomes for the children,
  • and where is this concentrated in terms of neighbourhoods
  • which interventions are more likely to be successful
  • also what are the factors that are present in the lives of children that have good outcomes and are not present in the lives of children who don’t have good outcomes

so collectively what does this insight tell us then about how we target our services and how we develop community interventions then to improve the outcomes of these children 

Page last updated: 24/07/2018