Event 13.12.2022

Knowledge Exchange Seminar: Use of online atlases and data visualisations for health and care researchers

The Knowledge Exchange Seminars aims to bring together researchers across the ARC East of England with an interest in better use of health and care data, provide an opportunity to share expertise in different types of data and create a forum to learn and exchange ideas.

We are excited to announce the next Population Evidence and Data Science - Knowledge Exchange Seminars.

About this event

Topic: Use of online atlases and data visualisations for health and care researchers

Date: Tuesday 13th December 2022

Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm

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This is a joint seminar which will provide an overview of The National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN)’s data platform, the SHAPE Atlas and the ARC SHAPE Atlas.

NIHR Open Data ensures research from NIHR funded research is publicly available. It contains datasets prepared by the NIHR Centre for Business Intelligence in conjunction with the NIHR Coordinating Centres and currently contains data sourced from the NIHR Central Commissioning Facility, NIHR Evaluations, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre, and the NIHR Academy. The dataset contains awards funded by NIHR which were active at any time on or after 1st April 2011. 

Strategic Health Asset Planning and Evaluation (SHAPE) is a web-based tool designed to inform and support the strategic planning of services. SHAPE seeks to bring key information together from a range of sources to provide an interactive and easy to interpret tool to support the local reconfiguration of services and assets. The PEDS theme is working to build on the existing SHAPE platform to provide NIHR ARC East of England an interactive visual map of the Population in Focus (PiF) areas. The bespoke SHAPE Atlas can be used to map health indicators and ARC activity for each PiF area.


Stephen Lock is the Head of Business Intelligence at the NIHR Clinical Research Network where he leads a team of analysts. He is also a member of the Underserved Communities Programme Board. He has previously held a variety of research leadership roles in the NHS and improvement roles in the software industry. 

Michael Boland a graduate software developer for Parallel, the creators behind the SHAPE Place Atlas. He graduated from the University of Hull with a BSc (Hons) Computer Science,1st Class. Michael spends his time equally between providing support to the Place Atlas and developing new functionality with the other developers.

Sian Evans is a Consultant in Public Health and Associate Director of the OHID Local Knowledge and Intelligence Service in the East of England. She is also Deputy theme lead for the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Population Evidence and Data Science theme. Before joining PHE, Sian worked with the Eastern Region Public Health Observatory and has considerable experience of the application of data and intelligence to inform decision-making about population health.