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Decision Support Network (‘the Network’)

The purpose of the Network is to support collaboration in developing local skills and capability in strategic analysis, evaluation, use of evidence and high-quality decision making. It is supported in this by a Decision Support Centre (DSC) which provides an education and development programme, a knowledge and analytical exchange and library and a specialist technical capability working to support local DSUs though specific large scale projects and advice and guidance. For more information on the DSC’s remit please navigate to the relevant tab above.

The purpose of the Network is to facilitate the sharing of analytical resources and support other examples of collaborative working to maximise capacity and capability across the region, with the DSC acting as the coordinator, repository and host for specialist resource.

Network Governance

The Network Steering Group is made up of designated representatives from each of the twelve Network members, as well as a pool of advisors from key stakeholders including Public Health England and NHSE/I. They are responsible for agreeing the activities to be carried out by the Decision Support Centre on behalf of the Network, as well as advocating for the Network nationally. View the group’s Terms of Reference for more information.

The initial development of the Network has been overseen by a Network Steering Group, made up of designated representatives from each of the twelve Network members, as well as a pool of advisors from key stakeholders including Public Health England and NHSE/I. They have been responsible for agreeing the activities to be carried out by the Decision Support Centre on behalf of the Network, as well as advocating for the Network nationally. View the group’s Terms of Reference for more information.

From the end of 2020, the Steering Group is being replaced by a three-tier governance model to support operational and strategic oversight of the Network. This will consist of:

  • A regional strategic board
  • An operational group
  • An advisory board

A fuller description of the responsibilities of these bodies can be found in the formal governance arrangements document.

 

The Decision Support Centre Midlands

The Decision Support Centre Midlands is an independent facility contracted to the Strategy Unit and exists to enable the strategic objectives of the Decision Support Network. These objectives are as follows:

  • Objective 1: Develop the skills of our workforce to be more effective at collaborative decision making
  • Objective 2: Deliver actionable insight
  • Objective 3: Extract scale benefits, delivering analytical firepower greater than the sum of its parts
  • Objective 4: Develop best in class ways of addressing ‘wicked’ problems
  • Objective 5: Mobilise knowledge to inspire learning and avoid duplication of effort

It does this through:

  • The provision of training and development for Network members in analytics, knowledge mobilisation and evaluation, to raise standards consistently across the region;
  • Conducting research to develop evidence-based analytical methods and tools and guidance to convert insight into action;
  • The provision of specialist analytical resource to members, and building of a network of analytical resource across the region;
  • Shared learning: failing quickly through the adoption of design-stage evaluation and promoting consistent evaluation standards across the region;
  • Delivering large scale analytical projects to address the ‘big questions’, selected through extensive engagement.

For more information contact:

The 12 DSUs in the Midlands are:

  • 1. NHSE/I Midlands DSU for DCSs
  • 2. Birmingham and Solihull DSU
  • 3. Coventry and Warwickshire DSU
  • 4. Derbyshire DSU
  • 5. Herefordshire and Worcestershire DSU
  • 6. Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland DSU
  • 7. Lincolnshire DSU
  • 8. Northamptonshire DSU
  • 9. Nottingham and Nottinghamshire DSU
  • 10. Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin DSU
  • 11. Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent DSU
  • 12. Black Country and West Birmingham DSU

Training And Events

The DS Centre provides bespoke training and development opportunities for those working within local DSUs, as well as hosting conferences and workshops to share ideas and promote innovation in decision support.

Knowledge library

The Knowledge Library is a collection of evidence and analysis produced by the DS Centre and DSU Members, to encourage knowledge sharing and avoid unnecessary duplication.

Members' forum

Our offer is underpinned by documents summarising useful contextual information, more detailed ‘how to’ guides and summary findings from our qualitative work