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Worcestershire to set up data sharing and analytics team

Tuesday 31st October, 2017

Worcestershire County Council is to set up a dedicated team to promote data sharing and analytics between the council’s public sector.

Last year the Worcestershire Partnership identified opportunities for more joined up services through data sharing and made available a seed funding amount of £490,000, until the end of March next year.

Quoted in UKAuthority, Neill Crump, who is leading the effort said, “It is possibly the first of its kind for the public sector in the UK – although plans for a similar team for London are well advanced – and that it has the potential to extend to a wider area”.

Initially KPMG provided some advisory services and has now stepped back when Crump began to build the small team. The team will be established as a cost centre within the county council and will potentially provide services for a range of public authorities.

"It’s not there to be associated with the county," he added. "It’s there to be a separate organisation to bring us all together. It’s acting as a consultant to support public sector partners in better using data and bringing their datasets together to help Worcestershire as a place."

He said that the six pilots are at different levels of maturity, with the furthest advanced being to use data in providing targeted family support in the Redditch area.

The Worcestershire Partnership is the strategic grouping for public sector organisations in the country.