Data linkage champions

Data linkage champions aim to improve the data linkage landscape across government.  

Their main responsibilities are to:  

  • Help others understand current linkage work in their departments and how data linkage methods are implemented.   
  • Share knowledge of data linkage methods, research and examples of good practice through regularly engaging/presenting in network meetings and communicating meeting outcomes across the department.  
  • Champion and promote the use of appropriate data linkage methods and software packages.  
  • Identify gaps in capability and the training required.  
  • Help to build and promote data linkage guidance and training.  
  • Keep abreast of new developments in data linkage methods to help identify opportunities for development.  
  • Build their data linkage champion role into their personal objectives.  
  • Work with the network to implement the recommendations from the cross-government data linkage review, as outlined in the implementation plan.  

The Data Quality Hub (DQHub) manages the network, which spans the Analysis Function (AF).  

Want to be a data linkage champion?  

Every government department can nominate a data linkage champion to work with the network. The champions are expected to attend quarterly network meetings.  

Please email: DQHub@ons.gov.uk 

 

Data Linkage Champions Network Terms of Reference 

Purpose 

Optimising data linkage methods in government enriches the insights that can be drawn about society, maximising data utility and better informing policy decisions. A cross-government data linkage review identified key areas for improving government data linkage. This included working better together as a community to improve methods, their application and skills in this field.  

To fulfil this goal, the data linkage champions network has been created by the Government Data Quality Hub (DQHub) team in the Office for National Statistics. The intention is to partner with representatives across government to support those involved in data linkage at all levels.   

Roles and Responsibilities 

The role of the Data Linkage Champion is to:   

  • Help others understand current linkage work in their departments and how data linkage methods are implemented.   
  • Share knowledge of data linkage methods, research and examples of good practice through regularly engaging/presenting in network meetings and communicating meeting outcomes across the department.  
  • Champion and promote the use of appropriate data linkage methods and software packages.  
  • Identify gaps in capability and the training required.  
  • Help to build and promote data linkage guidance and training.  
  • Keep abreast of new developments in data linkage methods to help identify opportunities for development.  
  • Build their data linkage champion role into their personal objectives.  
  • Work with the network to implement the recommendations from the cross-government data linkage review, as outlined in the implementation plan.  

The role of the DQHub is to:  

  • Organise and facilitate network meetings.  
  • Help facilitate the sharing of knowledge and best practice across the network.  

Out of scope 

  • Acting as a technical advisor for linkage projects.   
  • Resolving data access issues. While this is an important issue for data linkage, and can be addressed during network meetings, the network will focus more on methodology.   

Membership 

The group will consist of representatives from different departments across government. There can be more than one representative per department.  

To be a champion, you need to commit to the roles and responsibilities outlined above. This may require line manager or Head of Profession approval.  

If you would like to be a data linkage champion, please email DQHub@ons.gov.uk 

Frequency of meetings  

  • The group will meet quarterly.   
  • Meetings will be held virtually due to COVID-19. When restrictions allow, the group will decide whether to introduce face-to-face meetings.  

Contact

DQHub@ons.gov.uk

 

Acronym Department First name Surname
BEIS Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Rudi Narendran
CO Cabinet Office Callum Irving
DEFRA Department for Rural Affairs Alex Hall
DHSC Department for Health and Social Care John Bates
DHSC Department for Health and Social Care Alex Brooks
DHSC Department for Health and Social Care Jovita Brundziene
DHSC Department for Health and Social Care Jessica Goshawk
DHSC Department for Health and Social Care Katie Threadgill
DIT Department for Intetnational Trade Manpreet Khera
DWP Department for Work and Pensions David Hurst
DWP Department for Work and Pensions Graham Knox
HMRC Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs Danielle Hughes
HO Home Office Duncan Parkes
HO Home Office Matthew Needham
DLUHC Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Lan-Ho Man
DLUHC Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Steve Peters
DLUHC Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Chloe Enevoldsen
DLUHC Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Steven Campbell
MoJ Ministry of Justice Sam Lindsay
MoJ Ministry of Justice Theodoros Manassis
MoJ Ministry of Justice Kirby King
NHS Digital NHS Digital Connor Quinn
NHS Digital NHS Digital Alistair Jones
NISRA Northern Ireland Statistics Agency Gemma McGreevy
NRS National Records Scotland Lindsay Bennison
Ofcom The Office of Communications Steven Cape
Ofcom The Office of Communications Andrew Button
Office for Students Office for Students Adam Finlayson
Ofsted Office for Standards in Education, children's service and skills Paul Moore
Ofsted Office for Standards in Education, children's service and skills Philip Noden
ONS Office for National Statistics Greg Payne
ONS Office for National Statistics Silvia Lui
ONS Office for National Statistics Rose Elliott
ONS Office for National Statistics Rachel Shipsey
ONS Office for National Statistics Josie Plachta
ONS Office for National Statistics Bridgette Miles
ONS Office for National Statistics Josie Plachta
OS Ordinance Survey Jonathan Simmons
OSR Office for Statistics Regulation Emily Carless
PHE Public Health England Stephen Ashton
PHS Public Health England Martin Reid
Scot Gov Scottish Government Cecilia MacIntyre
Scot Gov Scottish Government Ben Clapperton
Welsh Gov Welsh Government Lucy Robinson
Welsh Gov Welsh Government Gareth Thomas

 

Data Quality Hub 

Email DQHub@ons.gov.uk