I’ve been following the trials, tribulations and successes of colleagues in their weeknotes over the last while. So now I’m having a go - to share my working week as Head of Performance and Data Analysis at GDS. I started writing some notes last week, but before I knew it, it was this week. So here are two weeks worth. Week 1: 10 July Monday Still getting into the stride of my new and longer commute from Waterloo to GDS’ new abode at Aldgate.
Data sources, actions and blockers The UK Government Digital Service (GDS) leads digital transformation in government, collaborating with teams from other departments to help them build better public services. Alongside those departmental teams, GDS is transforming government together. GDS has a large and complex digital analytics implementation (currently using Google Analytics and Piwik). GOV.UK and other GDS websites and digital services generate over 500 million hits a year and there are around 1000 users, accessing data over a large number of properties and views.
I’ve just read a recent article in the Economic View section of the New York Times. The article asks What if Sociologists Had as Much Influence as Economists?. I liked the quotation from Michèle Lamont, a Harvard sociologist and president of the American Sociological Association: “Once economists have the ears of people in Washington, they convince them that the only questions worth asking are the questions that economists are equipped to answer.