The ESRC seminar series focuses on the challenges posed by information sharing in the delivery of public services. We're now in the third year of seminars.
The third year of seminars included the Information Sharing Panel Debate, which took place on Thursday 15 September.
Our next seminar in the series is: Information Sharing for Devolution and Public Service Reform. This is taking place on Thursday 6 April 2017 at Manchester Science Park Kilburn House.
Info Sharing Panel Debate
The Information Sharing Panel Debate brought together leaders from across government to consider the role they play in improving information sharing and services for the public.
The debate took place on Thursday 15 September 2016 and was led by the Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing.
The audience were addressed by Lord Freud, Minister of State for Welfare Reform at the Department of Work and Pensions. Lord Freud has advised the UK Government on how to reform the welfare system and the key role information sharing and the correct use of data plays in this. The minister also spoke about the importance of information sharing and consent within Universal Credit.
The panel was then chaired by Paul Maltby, Director of Data, Government Digital Service. The members included:
- Chi Onwurah - Labour MP Newcastle upon Tyne Central, Shadow Minister, Culture and the Digital Economy.
- Jonathan Bamford - Head of Stategic Liaision, Information Commissioner's Office.
- Katie Farrington - Director for Digital and Data, Department of Health.
- Tony Lloyd - Interim GM Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner, Greater Manchester.
- Professor Rob Wilson - Professor of Information Systems Management, Newcastle University.
The panel discussed a range of themes including engaging the public, the digital economy bill, frameworks for supporting information sharing and devolution and information sharing.
The event was also used to showcase the work of the Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing and launch the Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing's annual report 2015-16.
Public Service Reform
Our next seminar in the ESRC seminar series is: Information Sharing for Devolution and Public Service Reform.
Venue: Manchester Science Park, Kilburn House, Lloyd St N, Manchester, M15 6LR
Date and time: Thursday 6th April 2017, 10.00 - 16.00
Our ninth seminar will take place in Manchester. It is about the challenges posed by information sharing for public services in the context of devolution.
Combined Authorities have been recently established in England to coordinate strategies, policies and services across local authorities. The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) was the first in the country. Its ambitions include breaking new ground in combining health and social care budgets, and innovative, ‘integrated’ solutions to crime, policing, worklessness and related health problems. The seminar will feature contributions from the sub region as well as elsewhere in the UK and overseas.
Presentations will be supplemented with facilitated, task-based activities and there will be plenty of opportunities for questions. Lunch will be provided with time for networking. We will conclude with a panel session to reflect on the day and to formulate ideas and plans for moving forward.
Doctoral students and early career researchers are encouraged to present posters. We are able to offer bursaries to cover travel if needed for poster presenters. If you are interested, please email a 150 word abstract with an indication of your travel costs to Sue Baines firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 29th March.
ESRC Seminar: Information sharing for devolution and public service reform
Manchester Science Park Kilburn House, Lloyd St N, Manchester, M15 6LR
9.30 Tea and coffee, registration and networking
10.00 - 10.05 Welcome and housekeeping, Professor Sue Baines
10.05 - 10.15 Introduction to the seminar series, Professor Rob Wilson
10.15 - 12.20 Session 1: Citizens and Partners
Four presentations (20 minutes each) followed by breakout groups to discuss and agree key questions for speakers, and an opportunity for all speakers to respond:
- Gary Leeming, GM Academic Health Science Network “The Greater Manchester Experience: “Datawell” and engaging with citizens”
- Andy Baker and Si Chun Lam, Coventry City Council “Using devolution as a stimulus for reconnecting local partnerships. The benefits and challenges of a collaborative approach to information sharing to connect people with data and the stories behind it”
- Dr Kellie Thompson, Liverpool Hope University “The rhetoric and realities of multi-agency ‘information sharing’ practices in child welfare work”
- David Carter, Manchester University “Place based digital innovation: engaging citizens in the co-production of new services using open data, open networks and open systems”
Breakout into small group to agree questions for speakers (15 minutes)
All session 1 speakers to respond to questions from groups (30 minutes)
12.20 - 13.00 Lunch with Networking and Poster Presentations
13.00 - 13.30 Session 2: Interactive Talk (facilitated by Rob Wilson and James Cornford)
13.30 - 14.30 Session 3: Places and Decision Making
- Giampaolo Montaletti, Region of Lombardy, Italy “The role and levels of Information sharing in Lombardy Region Labour markets”
- Prof. Cathy Parker, Manchester Metropolitan University “Big Data and Small Users: Place Based Decision Making on the High Street”
14.30 - 15.00 Session 4: Panel and Discussion on Lessons from the Seminar and Future Directions
15.00 - 15.30 Poster prizes and wrap-up, Sue Baines and Sue Richardson
15.30 - End of formal sessions, coffee available and networking
16.00 - close