Data impact events

Discussion and debate, as well as bringing together diverse voices, has been the focus of our four #DataImpact events which support the expansion of ideas around data impact.

2021’s event #IdentityInData – Who Counts? Visibility, voice and culture in data collection and use focused on representation, inclusivity and definitions of self in data. The event started with a moving keynote by poet, author and broadcaster Lemn Sissay MBE. (Please note that we were not able to share the keynote in the video of the event.)

The event also included presentations and panel discussion by researchers working with data in the fields of ethnicity and health; religion; LGBT+ communities and disability, as well as a representative of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

The panel discussed that, even with increasing availability of data, there are some protected characteristics for which data is not as easily available.

2018’s event Realising the potential of research data was run jointly with the Office for National Statistics, and discussed how to embrace the data revolution to respond to the social and economic challenges facing the UK.

#DataImpact2016 was held in Glasgow while #DataImpact2015 took place in London. At both, leading data innovators explored data re-use in policy and research, sharing their experiences of demonstrating data-enhanced impact.