As the British capital’s boroughs and public sector bodies seek to meet spiraling demand in the face of reduced budgets, the London Office of Data Analytics, a collaboration between the Greater London Authority, Nesta, and ASI Data Science, is exploring the potential of applying data analytics to reform public services. Eddie Copeland shares lessons learned from piloting the London Office of Data Analytics.
The pilot program focused on using data to predict the location of properties rented out to multiple tenants where the landlord has failed to obtain the correct license. There are estimated to be tens of thousands of these unlicensed houses of multiple occupancy (HMOs) across London, but only a small minority are correctly licensed, representing a loss of revenue for local authorities and often presenting dangerous living conditions for vulnerable tenants. Eddie explores how the team at the London Office of Data Analytics overcame the barriers to joining up, analyzing, and acting upon public sector data at city scale to address this important challenge.
Eddie Copeland is director of government innovation at Nesta, an innovation foundation and think tank, where he leads work on government data, behavioral insights, digital public services, and digital democracy. Previously, Eddie was head of technology policy at Policy Exchange, one of the UK’s most influential think tanks. He is the author of five reports on government use of technology and data and a book on UK think tanks and is a regular writer and speaker on how government and public sector organizations can deliver more and better with less through smarter use of technology and data. He blogs at Eddiecopeland.me and tweets as @EddieACopeland.
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