Now taking registrations of interest for our free, online 6-week festival: INSIGHT 2020  - Details of each event are below.

The Strategy Unit are hosting a 6-week festival of virtual events, called INSIGHT 2020, exploring some of the challenges facing decision-makers in health and care in 2020 and beyond; emerging models of practice to make best use of analysis to inform decision-making; and some of the exciting work that is already happening in this area.

INSIGHT 2020: a festival of analysis and learning for the NHS, Local Government and our partners will run from 28 Sep to 13 Nov 2020.  The festival will comprise a mixture of events, workshops and panels, representing conversations at a local, national and international level.  For example, our festival launch session includes Ben Goldacre talking about ‘How open approaches can revolutionise health data science in the UK’. This will be followed by Andi Orlowski who will be exploring "Dangerous analytics…and how local analysts can save you!". Andi is a health economist and a national advisor for population health management (PHM). Andi starts his new role in October as Director of the Health Economics Unit at MLCSU, a new team working alongside and in collaboration with the Strategy Unit." We will finish off with a Q&A hosted by the Strategy’s Unit’s Professor Mohammed A Mohammed.

Who is INSIGHT 2020 for?  We’ve collaborated with inspirational people and organisations across the sector to bring together a programme which has something for everyone who is involved with decision-making in health and care.

What will INSIGHT 2020 look like?  Sessions will be varied and flexible. There will be over 30 sessions and people can commit as little or as much time as they’d like.  Most of the sessions will be recorded so you can fit them into your schedule in a way that suits you. Every session is free.

Each week will focus on a central theme, starting with a ‘headline’ presentation on the Monday. This will be supported by targeted sessions and the week’s speakers will convene each Friday for an interactive panel discussion and Q&A to respond to the key debates raised during the week. The festival themes are:

Week 1: Our decision-making context in 2020 (see below for links) 

Week 2: The role of the Midlands Decision Support Network (see below for links) 

Week 3: The analytical priorities of the Decision Support Network

Week 4: Building momentum around addressing health inequalities

Week 5: The decision-making toolbox

Week 6: Making the most of our decision-making resources

To register your interest please go to our Eventbrite page and also feel free to share a link to this page with colleagues and your networks. The full-week programmes will be released on a staggered basis with details on how to access the individual sessions to follow.

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We look forward to seeing you there!

Week One Events 

Monday 28th September (14:00 - 15:30) Festival Launch - new perspectives on analysis and decision-making 

Wednesday 30th September (14:00 -15:00) What does COVID-19 mean for how we think about social care in the future?

Thursday 1st October (14:00 - 15:30) Better decisions through meaningful population involvement

Friday 2nd October (10:00 - 11:30) Panel discussion: What have we learned from the Analytical Collaboration for COVID-19 so far, and what are the big analytical questions now facing us?


Week Two Events

Monday 5th October (14:00 - 15:30) The role of the DSU Network

Tuesday 6th October (14:00 - 15:00) How do we know what we know? Evidence and knowledge support for the Decision Support Unit.  

Wednesday 7th October (10:00 - 11:00) The Evaluation Network 

Thursday 8th October (10:00 - 11:00) Developing the Network of Analysts in the Midlands

Thursday 8th October (14:00 - 15:00) Developing your analytical workforce (POSTPONED)

Friday 9th October (15:00 - 16:15) The Decision Support Unit - what's next?

Week Three Events

Monday 12th October (14:00 - 15:30) The Decision Support Network Analytical Priorities

Tuesday 13th October (14:00 - 15:00) Changing how we work in the COVID-19 context 

Wednesday 14th October (10:00 - 11:00) The Future of Analytics

Wednesday 14th October (14:00 - 15:30) Learning from quantitative modelling during COVID-19

Thursday 15th October (14:00 - 15:30) End of life care: analytical insights

Friday 16th October (13:00 - 14:00) Panel Discussion - shaping future analytical priorities

Week Four Events

Monday 19th October (10:00 - 11:00) Mind the Gap

Tuesday 20th October (10:00 - 11:30) Homelessness and Covid-19: using research to learn in a crisis 

Wednesday 21st October (14:30 - 16:00) The trauma of COVID-19 – a creative response to the effects of the pandemic and lockdown on children and young people

Thursday 22nd October (14:00 - 15:30) Health inequalities and ethnicity - exploring the experience of ethnically diverse individuals with health services during the pandemic

Friday 23rd October (10:00 - 11:00) Panel discussion: Exploring health inequalities

Special joint event between the Strategy Unit and NHS England & NHS Improvement (NHSE/I):

Friday 23rd October (14:00 - 16:00) Virtual huddle @ INSIGHT 2020 - COVID-19 over winter

Week Five Events 

Monday 2nd November (14:00 - 15:15) What is in your decision-making toolkit?

Wednesday 4th November (10:00 - 11:00) The Decision Support Unit Education & Development Programme

Wednesday 4th November (14:30-15:30) Insight 2020 and NHS-R: Why the NHS and care system should use R

Wednesday 4th November (16:00 - 17:00) The NHS as an Anchor - sharing experience, shaping decisions

Thursday 5th November (14:00 - 15:15) Shifting Sands: making sense of emerging COVID-19 evidence base 

Friday 6th November (10:00 - 11:00) An introduction to decision quality 

Week Six Events

Monday 9th November (14:00 - 15:15) What do analysts bring to the task of leadership?

Wednesday 11th November (12:00 - 13:30) Accessing the data and code that underpins the Decision Support Unit Network analysis of healthcare use at the end of life

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Wednesday 11th November (10:00 - 11:00) Are we ready to adopt Population Health Management?

Thursday 12th November (14:00 - 15:00) Festival highlights

Friday 13th November (10:00 - 11:30) Closing panel - whats next for decision-making?

Come to as few or as many sessions as you want…there will be something here for everyone!