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Seeing the Value of EU Law

I was very proud to present my Subsidiarity Scoreboard work at the ECR Group Study Week in Krakow, Poland.

I was inspired by the people I met, especially those MEPs who are so passionate about their work and their dedicated policy advisers. I’m fascinated by the tension between ideological belief and evidence, claim and fact and this is the world they wrestle with daily.

My talk was about Seeing the Subsidiarity Gap; the idea of a scoreboard for making the gap between the predicted and actual added value of EU law more visible. Publishing this Scoreboard could influence the reform of lower value EU laws and even the legislative process itself. Watch the talk below.

I was however struck by another kind of gap; the gap between my own mental models and those immersed in EU law, economics and politics. And yet, in spite of this difference in mindsets and worldviews, how Systems Thinking can be a unifying approach however challenging the domain and context.

The study, sponsored by the New Direction Foundation for European Reform, is described in a bit more detail in the case study.

Exploring Bed-Blocking Pressure

A common media topic over the winter months is the increased pressure on the NHS coupled with the snappily-named ‘Bed-Blocking’; patients who are well enough to leave hospital but are still occupying a bed. We might see this attributed to a ‘crumbling adult care system’ caused by ‘sweeping cuts to local council budgets’. Is the cause really so straightforward?

This visualisation links the NHS England Delayed Transfer of Care to Bed Capacity data for the last 13 months to seek new insights. As with many things in the NHS, the picture isn’t as simple as the media sound bites would suggest.

Click on the image below to launch the interactive dashboard on Tableau Public:

Bed-Blocking Grab

The distribution of Transfer of Care process delays and bed occupancies vary by individual Trust within the Local Authorities they serve. Some are improvement bright-spots, others aren’t. The creation of metrics for ‘Bed-Blocking Pressure’ and ‘Bed-Blocking Effect’ produces geographic Trust ranking.

This is just one example of how we can use visual analytics to explore patterns in your data for better decision-making.

Get in touch to find the stories hiding in your data.

Caveats : There’s still work to do on the geocoding of some Trusts and the use of historical bed capacities/occupancies instead of just the most recent quarter. We could try and factor-in the higher occupancy units. We’ve created a separate drill-down into the Delayed Transfer of Care root causes which reveals insights for combined Local Authorities & Trusts. Get in touch if you’re interested.


The Traveller Caravan Count

The UK Department for Communities and Local Government publishes a statistical count of the number of caravans on both authorised and unauthorised traveller sites across England. The count takes place every January and July and includes both ethnic Gypsies and Travellers and non-traditional travellers.

This visual storyboard shows how this caravan count has changed over time, how it varies by season and the shift to private sites. It also compares Local Authorities by caravan demand on authorised and unauthorised sites.

Click an image to visit the interactive storyboard.

Local Authority Traveller Caravan Count