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Tuesday 21 May 2019

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By Cory Vivian

“Back in the office after a great LARIA Annual conference in Birmingham and I am reflecting on everything the past few days has brought. For those of you who don’t know, LARIA is the local area research and intelligence association that brings together researchers and analysts from across the public sector. The Annual conference provides the opportunity for people to share their unique experiences and perspectives regarding the use of data and intelligence, supporting change and improved outcomes for the local communities and residents they serve. LARIA is also a great supporter of professional development and there was wider discussion about how the organisation could help members develop their skills even further.

With this being my first two day conference it was a whirlwind experience meeting so many great and inspiring people. There were so many fantastic presentations and many interesting conversations that prompted me to think more about the impact of research across the Public sector.

 

“The Annual conference provides the opportunity for people to share their unique experiences and perspectives regarding the use of data and intelligence”

Meeting our clients for the first time and hearing how they have made use of our data was eye opening and incredible. From improving the lives of their residents, through to saving huge amounts of time and resources; it was amazing to see the support our data can provide to their projects and daily workflow. One of the highlights was the 'LARIA lightbulb' moment! - a phrase that was coined by Cheshire West and Cheshire Council’s Beverley Wilson to describe that moment where you learn something new that you can apply back at the office. This should really be a future event hashtag as I definitely feel that I had a few of these throughout the conference including;

“one of the highlights was the 'LARIA lightbulb' moment! This should really be a future event hashtag”

1. Working together 

It was a common theme that collaboration was the way forward, not only working together within an authority or organisation but also working in collaboration with residents, partners and stakeholders including emergency services. As an example, Police Scotland highlighted the issues that emergency services, health and the wider public sector faces when it comes to mental health issues. It was great to find out about the collaborative partnership network that is being implemented to ensure that these issues are dealt with effectively and efficiently, saving lives as well as their own valuable resources.  

2. ‘Conversations’ must take place

I had a number of discussions where people expressed their own frustration where sharing data/information or even sharing best practice wasn’t happening. This was slowing processes and wasting their own time and efforts by duplicating work. In many situations a simple conversation would alleviate many of these issues. Although this is a challenge that many people face the consensus was that once this was highlighted, collaborative projects were bringing people together and encouraging these conversations.

“it was a common theme that collaboration was the way forward”

Collaboration was the link that brought the conference together both in the presentations and the discussion during the event, we really are ‘Better Together’. I am excited to continue the momentum from the conference and share my own experiences and I am definitely looking forward to the next LARIA conference in November. 

For more information about our work within the Public Sector get in touch cvivian@caci.co.uk

LARIA Annual conference provides the opportunity for people to share their unique experiences and perspectives regarding the use of data and intelligence, supporting change and improved outcomes for the local communities and residents they serve. LARIA is also a great supporter of professional development and there was wider discussion about how the organisation could help members develop their skills even further.

Research at the heart of the Public Sector