Centre for Behaviour Change


CAPE Policy Fellowship

28 January 2021

Through the Capabilities in Academic-Policy Engagement (CAPE) project, a new policy fellowship opportunity with the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC), working within the Innovation & Partnerships hub on the Local Data Spaces (LDS) programme.

LDS is a partnership between the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Administrative Data Research UK (ADR UK), the JBC, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). This partnership works to enable Local Authorities across England to access COVID-19 data by creating Local Data Spaces in the ONS Secure Research Service (SRS).

Since early November the partnership has been running a Local Data Space pilot with a small group of Local Authorities across England. This role will require working closely with JBC staff, an ADR UK funded academic data analytical research team as well as Local Authorities across England to help develop a Local Data Space feasibility study.

In this role, you will be expected to lead on, or assist in several of the following tasks:
- Lead on the development of a Local Data Space feasibility study aimed at understanding how academic-policy partnerships can support Local Authorities to make best use of data and data insights.
- Support the development of a business case including policy recommendations for the system design of the Local Data Spaces programme at scale – i.e. across England
into the economic-recovery phase of the pandemic response.

Research activities will involve:
- A review of Local Authority user needs and capacity requirements to better understand common policy needs and how academic collaboration can support these. This will draw on both Local Authorities engaged in the pilot and the wider landscape.
- Monitoring and evaluation of the pilot and capturing lessons learned.
- Development of a business case and policy recommendations for system design of Local Data Spaces programme.
- Conduct data collection including through organising and facilitating a number of knowledge exchange events, carrying out interviews and /or a survey --- note, we remain open to methodological approach.

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For questions about the role and to apply, please contact Katherine Welch.