Throughout school I always enjoyed taking part in making and designing new things for others (my favourite lesson being Textiles). I’m not implying that creating a dress is the same as implementing a policy, but they have very similar needs. These include, a (hopefully) happy user, an end product and that feeling of success! It turns out that by finding out what people wanted, and adapting to their needs I was actually carrying something called user research.
On Friday the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published two more articles on COVID-19 related mortality, expanding further on the critical range of analysis that they have been publishing to help us all better understand the nature and impact of this pandemic.
In my update of 23 March 2020, I outlined how we intended to review our forthcoming data collections, research activity and outputs in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This has been undertaken to prioritise the response to the current situation – both in terms of our own resources within Welsh Government, but importantly also those of our data providers who are delivering key front-line services across the health, social care and public service sectors. This note provides an update on our plans.
In this blog I wanted to help provide an understanding of the different sources of data on coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths in Wales. There has been much public scrutiny of these figures over the last week, and we have today published, for the first time, the overall number of deaths in care homes in Wales occurring over the period of the outbreak.
Following the Open Data Workshop in November, we are working with Data Cymru to deliver two more workshops in North and South West Wales. These workshops will focus on how we can increase the amount of open data being published and used through developing guidance and showcasing some useful tools. Continue reading
In October we announced that we were going to postpone the 2017-based subnational population and household projections. Our previous blog described the reasons why we made that decision, and a short note describing the challenges that we had with the work was also published.
You may recall we previously told you about our plans for an Open Data Workshop. Well, last month we brought together over 50 people working for the public sector, private organisations and the third sector (such as charities). It was great to see such a range of people and organisations with an interest in open data. We were also pleased that those who attended found it useful, and we would like to thank them all for making it an entertaining, enjoyable and thought provoking event. Continue reading
Making data easily accessible is something all Welsh public bodies should be doing, whether it’s Welsh Government, your local authority or your local health board. It’s probably fair to say that in reality there’s room for improvement. The good news though is that we’re working together to find ways to do things better. Continue reading