Threads of Data

"In The Know" is a series of helpful resources which relate the importance of research to real-life situations and provide some straight forward tips to help you put it into action and fill those gaps.

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Threads of Data

18 July 2023
Data is increasingly cheap and easy to collate. But what will you actually use it for? From the privacy of apps to application forms, find out why and how purpose is critical.
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Getting smart with data

28 February 2023
We live in a world of smart devices designed help us do things more effectively and efficiently. But what else do we need to know to ensure we really do feel those benefits. Can Smart meters save us money and what more do we need to know to realise this outcome?
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Measuring by Proxy

25 January 2023
There are many times when one measure stands in for another in making sense of the world. So what exactly is a proxy measure and how can you use one?
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Really timely data

29 November 2022
Real time data is a resource that offers so much, from immediate insight through befuddlement to occasional apocalyptic horror. How can you utilise it most effectively?
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A Quick Guide to Political Polls

19 October 2022
Political polls can make for interesting and often exciting reading. But can we use them to know who will win the next election?
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19 October 2021
Why a “one in whatever” distribution of cases isn’t as straightforward as it might look and what this means for our reaction
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Model Assumptions

20 May 2021
At a time when statistical models have more visible impact on day-to-day life than ever before, we explain what they are, how they work and how to use them to draw conclusions.
asking questions
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Navigating the flow

14 October 2020
How can you better navigate the daily torrent of information and date, work out what is accurate and how you need to respond? With the covid-19 pandemic as an example we illustrates 3 basic steps.
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Why definitions matter

23 July 2020
Is it rain or just a shower? Definitions matter because we want to share information we find with others and use to justify decisions we make.
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Take a sample

3 June 2020
We can rarely know everything about a big group but in taking a sample we must recognise the limitations as well as the insights.