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Data analysis ramps up at NEECCo with investment from Sage

Data analysis ramps up at NEECCo with investment from Sage

Financial support has been secured from Sage that, along with support from North of Tyne Combined Authority to the National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD), will enable NEECCo to take the mock-up of the dashboard to a live version.

Indicators are a crucial part of addressing the climate emergency in helping us to understand if work being done is having the desired effect and if changes in behaviour are going the right way, fast enough.

NEECCo’s work on Indicators has been underway since the working group was established in 2019 and members of the group have worked together to develop the approach, define the metrics and indicators and identify existing data sources.

A mocked up dashboard has been developed to illustrate what is possible and what is needed. With funding from Sage, the Indicators Group are now able to take the mockup of the dashboard to a live version. In parallel, we will be starting to scope and test the opportunities for using the dashboard to engage residents in becoming England’s greenest region. This is one of the aspects that will inform our review of how clear and easy to understand our proposed measurements are.

NEECCo Indicators dashboard

The live version of the dashboard is being built over two phases, with the learning from the first informing the second. The indicators in the first phase have a range of characteristics (national statutory data disaggregated to regional level; generated within the region) and require working with a cross sector range of partners. This includes close alignment between our work and a planned development at the EA Chief Scientist’s Group.

In our mission to become England’s greenest region, NEECCo recognises the importance of cross-sectoral working and engaging with a wide audience.

In October 2021, DataJam North East ran a hybrid hackathon in partnership with NICD and NEECCo. The two day challenge was aimed at gathering, analysing and visualising data from across the North East, intended to help us measure whether, as a region, we’re changing fast enough.

Designers, developers, data and visualisation experts joined copy writers, team players and creative minds to work in teams across 48 hours to choose a project theme and develop a data analysis strategy around it.

In Spring 2022, NEECCo has posed a challenge to young people from across the region’s five universities around using data to make progress. Working with Analysts Network North East (ANNE), the regional branch of the Operational Research Society and NICD, students were invited to work independently or in teams to develop indicators related to climate change and environmental sustainability, specifically for the North East of England. Projects will be judged on areas including creativity, robust application of analysis, communication, and identification of limitations. Winners will be announced and give presentations of their projects at the ANNE Spring Conference on 4th May.

If you have an interest in analysis and environmental sustainability then book your place and go along – ANNE’s Spring Conference Tickets, Wed 4 May 2022 at 13:00 | Eventbrite.

If you would like more information about the work of the Indicators Group, you can visit our webpage: Indicators – NEECCo