The Integrated Data Programme (IDP) is a cross-government programme led by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and focused on increasing collaboration between government departments, public sector bodies and research organisations, to enable faster and deeper collaborative analysis and remove barriers to safe and responsible data sharing.
A five year programme, currently in its alpha phase, IDP will be delivering an Integrated Data Service which will be:
- A cloud-based Platform to provide a collaborative and secure environment to discover, ingest, access, analyse and disseminate data.
- Updated set of Policies to simplify and maximise access while balancing legal, security, data protection and ethics, and wider obligations.
- Data that is enriched, ready for use through improved methodology and automation driven by standards and best practice.
- The Service will enable accredited analysts and researchers from government, wider public services and research organisations to produce faster and deeper analytical outputs for the public good.
We - Gesche Schmid, Integrated Data Programme Director, and Tom Knight, Deputy Director for Analysis - want to hear your views and experiences from working on current and past cross-government analytical projects that inform all aspects of the programme, from processes, technology and tools, to data sharing. Some key areas of interest are:
- What are the processes you currently follow for cross government data analysis and collaboration?
- Have you experienced blocks or barriers related to collaborative analysis and/or the business processes used for acquiring, linking and analysing data?
- What opportunities would you recommend to improve the way you currently work?
If you and your respective communities would like take part in our user-research or are interested in learning more about the programme and how to get involved please get in touch via IDP.User.Research@ons.gov.uk.