Understanding Data

What data is, how it’s used and how it benefits our region

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Data and data analysis

 

Data is a collection of information, facts or statistics.

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Facts & statistics

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Analyse

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Plan a response

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Predict, treat & solve

Data is collected in order to analyse a circumstance and plan a response to it. It helps us understand how we can better predict, treat and solve our region’s health and care challenges. A common kind of health data is disease counts, like the number of COVID-19 cases. However, data is more than just numbers – it includes many kinds of information like social media posts and online videos. This data can be used to answer questions about the world around us. 

Data’s journey

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Step 1

An organisation like a GP office collects information as part of their day-to-day work.

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Step 2

The organisation stores this data on their own system

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Step 3

They can share this data with regional organisations like CIPHA to link up similar kinds of information.

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Step 4

The data can then be used to understand local and national issues and lead to better decision-making.

Serene looking scene of still water across the iconic Albert Dock. Traditional boats are moored up in front of the Tate Liverpool art gallery, the Wheel of Liverpool is visible over the tops of the renovated Albert Dock warehouse buildings.
Serene looking scene of still water across the iconic Albert Dock. Traditional boats are moored up in front of the Tate Liverpool art gallery, the Wheel of Liverpool is visible over the tops of the renovated Albert Dock warehouse buildings.

Why we use data

Data analysis helps us understand the world around us and use that understanding to inform decisions that impact everyone. It helps us understand how we can better predict, treat and solve our region’s health and care challenges.

Data stewardship defines the responsible use, collection and management of data in a participatory and rights-preserving way, informed by values and engaging with questions of fairness.

– Ada Lovelace Institute
Dramatic and colourful interpretation of the iconic Liverpool Liver Bird as a Secretary Bird by local artist John Culshaw painted on the Grade II listed Building 'The Wedding House'. Picture by Gareth Jones.
Dramatic and colourful interpretation of the iconic Liverpool Liver Bird as a Secretary Bird by local artist John Culshaw painted on the Grade II listed Building 'The Wedding House'. Picture by Gareth Jones.

Data stewardship

Data stewardship helps ensure that data is in a trustworthy, safe and accessible environment. In the Liverpool City Region, the stewardship of data will help inform decision-making regarding the health and care of citizens in our region. Through effective data stewardship, we are able to:

  • develop a better understanding of data use
  • have a better flow of higher quality data
  • make informed decisions 
  • create value for individuals, their communities and wider society

The LCR CDC will work with local communities and data controllers across the City Region to help build trustworthy data-sharing relationships based on locally governed principles which guide users on the correct use of data.

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Any questions?

 

Have a data-related query for us? We’re ready to help you with it. Speak to our team to find out how we use and connect people with data.

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