Doing research on data uses, needs & capabilities with local authorities

Organised by

Urban Big Data Centre

Presenter

Dr Justine Gangneux (Research Associate, Urban Big Data Centre) and Professor Simon Joss (Associate Director, Urban Big Data Centre)

Date

15/06/2021

Venue

7 Lilybank Gardens, University of Glasgow, Glasgow

Map

View in Google Maps  (G12 8RZ)

Contact

Rhiannon Law, Business and Communications Officer, rhiannon.law@glasgow.ac.uk

Description

Local authorities, already hit hard by a decade of austerity, are now facing a considerable challenge of managing economic and social recovery in a post-Covid world.

In this context, data intelligence, as well as the capability to access and use near real-time data and intelligence are seen by many as an important part of managing recovery and inform policy making at the local level. It is therefore timely and important, to examine the ways in which local government stakeholders use data to manage the crisis and the recovery, how they manage existing and arising data needs, as well as whether the crisis has reshaped data governance and/or generated new forms of data collaborations at the local level.

Drawing on an ongoing research project led by Dr Justine Gangneux and Professor Simon Joss of UBDC and in collaboration with the Digital Office for Scottish Local Government, this webinar will discuss and share learning on researching data uses, needs and capabilities with local authorities. It will be structured around four discussion points:

  • Understanding the landscape of local government’s data uses and needs
  • Mapping and defining data types and data capabilities
  • Designing a mixed-methods approach (survey, FGs, interviews)
  • Collaborating with key stakeholders

Session format

The format of this interactive session will be presentations followed by a question and answer discussion.

What you will learn

By the end of the event, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the landscape of local authorities’ different areas of data engagement and the opportunities and challenges regarding data use in local government settings
  • Design a mixed-methods project to identify and assess the existing and arising data uses, capabilities and needs of local authorities
  • Explain the importance of collaborating with key stakeholders to inform policy and practice.

Who should attend

This webinar is for those working in/with local authorities, planners, students and researchers interested in data and local government.

Prior knowledge requirements

No specific data-related prior knowledge required. An understanding of local government in the UK would be beneficial.

Data and software requirements

No data or software is required to participate in this webinar.

Registration

Registration for this online event is free and available via Eventbrite. Full details and instructions for joining will be circulated post-registration.

Level

Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)

Cost

Free

Website and registration

Region

Scotland

Keywords

Data Quality and Data Management , Mixed Methods Data Handling and Data Analysis, Mixed Methods Approaches (other)

Related publications and presentations

Data Quality and Data Management
Mixed Methods Data Handling and Data Analysis
Mixed Methods Approaches (other)

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