About

Data Strategy, Discovery and Open Innovation - I work with public sector organisations leading discovery projects, developing strategies and designing open innovation programmes.

 
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I’m a data strategy and innovation consultant at Emerging Field. I develop and lead data and technology projects for social good and work with social organisations so they can become more data driven.

 
 

I’ve worked for the Cabinet Office, Nesta, the Open Data Institute and the Government Digital Service. I’ve helped government departments to release open data and run an accelerator programme for startups to use government open data. Having worked in data strategy in central government, I now work with social and public sector organisations to help them understand the opportunities to use data.  

I’m also a trained product manager and started my career in qualitative research and continue to service design and user research techniques extensively in my work.

As Head of High Value Data Strategy in the Transparency Team in the Cabinet Office between 2011 and 2013 I helped develop and champion the UK’s open data strategy. I worked with organisations such Ordnance Survey, Land Registry, Companies House and the Met Office to release high value open datasets. I helped design and launch the world’s first Open Data User Group and was the lead author for the Government Response to the Shakespeare Review. I then lead a team of departmental account managers to create the UK’s National Information Infrastructure.

I led the Open Data Challenge Series at Nesta, in partnership with the Open Data Institute, between 2013-2015. The Open Data Challenge Series was a series of 7 accelerator programmes to support startups and social entrepreneurs to use open data released by Government to create products to solve social problems. A PWC impact assessment estimated the return on investment for the programme was between £5-£10 for every £1 spent.

In 2016 I led the Discovery phase for a government data science literacy service aimed to help civil servants to understand how to use data science to inform the design and delivery of policy.

ed@edparkes.co.uk