The Data & Insight Authority Forum is dependent on active participation and communication from its members. Without you, the Forum will not survive.
Our Terms of Reference are simple. They tell you what the role and purpose of the forum is, how we work, and what your responsibilities are.
Terms of reference
The Data & Insight Authority Forum (DIAF) is a new virtual networking platform that aims to bring together data, insight, research and performance experts, leaders and future leaders from local government and public sector organisations. It was set up by the Insight & Intelligence Team at West Sussex County Council in 2017 through funding awarded from the Local Government Association.
Role and purpose
The broad purpose of this forum is to enable and provoke local government and the public sector to use data, evidence and insight in their strategic planning, decision making and performance management so that our public services deliver a positive impact on the lives of residents. DIAF will do this by:
Building up a strong and unique virtual team of fellow data, insight, research and performance practitioners that transcends geographic boundaries
Enabling members to produce relevant, exciting and impactful data and insight that makes a difference and stands out even when resource is limited
Developing new concepts for data, insight, research and performance in local government and the public sector
Set-up and communication
The DIAF is a predominantly virtual platform and team, allowing members to communicate and share knowledge with each other wherever and whenever they need to. Members can do this via:
Each year a DIAF summit will be held. These will provide a great opportunity to:
Members are encouraged to actively participate and help organise the summits to make them as useful and relevant as possible. Volunteers from across the forum will be invited to chair and present at summits. The format and agenda of each summit will be decided amongst the forum through the above communication channels, with the first summit being more of an introductory conference to establish the DIAF and agree how it will work.
Summits will take place across the country, with the first summit taking place in London on 5th December 2017.
Joining, membership and member responsibilities
The DIAF is open to passionate people who work in the data, insight, research or performance field in local government or public sector organisations. The forum is dependent on active participation and communication from its members, so you must be prepared to join in and share your expertise, knowledge and news.
Membership is free, and you can join the forum by:
To remove yourself from the forum, you will need to email DIAF@westsussex.gov.uk.
On joining, members will be expected to: