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Blog: Decision makers can make much better use of analysis

Peter Spilsbury

Peter Spilsbury, Director of the Strategy Unit at Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit, writes about the very essence of the Unit’s mission and how they are defending analysts’ corner in the NHS.

Part of the Strategy Unit mission is to improve the use of analysis in decision making. Current use is, to employ a euphemism, variable.

Our mission takes multiple forms:

  • We try to exemplify the behaviour we want to see. We work closely with decision makers; we share models and code alongside results.  
  • Though the Midlands Decision Support Network, we run training programmes for Midlands analysts, recognising that certain skills (around leadership for example) are needed.
  • And, increasingly, we work with leaders and decision makers to help them understand the value that good analysis can add.

We also advocate. We make the case for analysts in different forums – and we’ve even gone so far as to incite insurrection

Read Peter’s full blog on the Strategy Unit website.