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Evidence House

A No.10 Data Science Programme

Led by the 10 Downing Street Data Science team, we radically upskill civil servants in data science and analysis whilst delivering innovative solutions to crowdsourced problems.

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Evidence House is a new Downing Street-led initiative which will “crowdsource” solutions to wicked problems that impact the public. At the same time, it will radically upskill civil servants in cutting-edge data science and analysis. Created by 10DS (the Downing Street data science team), in collaboration with volunteers from the Evaluation Task Force, the ONS Data Science Campus and the Modernisation and Reform Unit, plus many others.

Our projects

  • Maternal and Infant Safety
  • High Volume Fraud
  • Civil Service Efficiency and Skills
  • 999 Efficient Call Handling
  • Predicting Serious Crime
  • Prevention of Homelessness

These projects will be driven through cross-government “hackathons”, in which analysts from across government and beyond work together to link data and draw insights around difficult high-priority challenges.

Following the initial hackathons, existing and aspiring data experts will be offered the chance to apply to join longer-term “solution squads”.

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“By improving and connecting our data, upskilling our people and bringing them together, we can unleash a revolution that improves the lives of everyone in this country.”

Dr. Laura Gilbert

Chief Analyst & Director of Data Science, Downing Street

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Simon Case, Cabinet Secretary

“Don’t ever stop investing in your own skills… I will make sure working with other people, we get you what you need to keep you at the cutting edge.” 

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Minister Alex Burghart

“You are the people who are at the forefront of that work in government and I want to work with you to make sure that we maximise its opportunity and ability for not just this generation of British Citizens but all the ones that come after. Thank you for all your work, I can’t wait to work with you!”

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Dame Emily Lawson

“I’m really excited to be here. I couldn’t be more supportive of this community. And I’m particularly excited to hear how we can actually break a few things in the interest of doing something that we collectively want to achieve.”

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Professor Sir Chris Whitty

“You all save lives in multiple ways, often in ways you don’t realise. If someone has a good idea… and it’s not backed up by good data and good testing, based on really rigorous analysis, it’s almost certainly going to be less good than they think at best… and in some cases cause active harm.”

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Professor Sir Ian Diamond

“(Evidence House) is a fantastic innovation and I absolutely give it my whole-hearted support.”