Daniel Norton, data quality and statutory returns officer, University of Leicester was involved in the first wave of Jisc Analytics Labs teams, a community-led initiative building interactive dashboards for data-derived insights.
In 2016 Analytics Labs engaged 80 staff from 51 universities producing a wide range of innovative interactive dashboards.
“It’s my job as an analyst to look at data and use it to help my institution grow and strengthen. Jisc’s Labs project offered a great opportunity to work with new tools and data. I jumped at the chance.
"Collaborating with people across different institutions and roles, we created dashboards to analyse data, first comparing similar institutions and then looking at research data: the volume and sources of research income and how that compared to numbers of staff undertaking research – the kind of information that would help someone managing research understand how big the pot of money for research is and where they and other institutions are getting it. The sort of tool that would be useful for institutions, regardless of their size or research area, to help them to understand how they are positioned.
"It was an absolutely brilliant process to be involved in. It was exciting to be working together in an agile way to deliver a prototype in four working days. It’s incredible how fast you can do stuff in a great team, with the right mindset and methodology.”