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Data to Evidence Workshop Report

University of Reading 4th April 2014

The aim of this workshop was to expand on the interactive sessions at the CaBA learning workshops, where groups were asked to review data and evidence for a fake catchment, and use this to identify next steps. Time was short for responding to this request before the end of the funding period, but in a couple of weeks we managed to combine some of the CaBA CDUG support and GIS & Data Package budgets with match funding from Defra’s Evidence & Measures programme to bring together a team of experienced analysts of catchment data, and the final day of the GIS training week at Reading presented the ideal opportunity to run the workshop.  The workshop agenda is available HERE


The objectives of the workshop were:

  1. Build confidence in understanding and interpreting catchment information and deciding next steps
  2. Learn from peers and those who have been through the process already.
  3. Gain familiarity with the contents of the forthcoming CaBA GIS data package.
  4. Identify future training, support and mentoring requirements

The workshop was closely linked to related CaBA support packages (GIS data package, GIS training, mapping portal and user requirements analysis). Two catchments were chosen as examples (Medway and Evenlode), and the team spent a couple of weeks working with the local CaBA partnerships to collate information and develop content.


Data and evidence were presented to the attendees at the workshop using a mix of on-screen GIS, slides and hard copy maps. Ketso kits were used in small groups for the attendees to record their understanding of key issues based both on the nationally available data and the local picture presented by the CaBA partnerships, and to record next steps, barriers and solutions to key problems. Plenary feedback sessions provided opportunities to discuss the key issues and opportunities, and detailed feedback was gathered in the last session to inform planning and delivery of future data to evidence support.

After the workshop the ketso layouts were recorded using excel tools to help the CaBA partnerships to analyse and query the group consensus on their local issues. These outputs and the feedback are available on the tabs below.

Some of the key learning points which would be advisable to consider when planning similiar events in the future:

  • Ketso kits were more of a distraction than an aid for this exercise (the kits took attention away from the maps and data).  
  • Ketso would be useful for drawing out voices from different sectors in one catchment for framing the questions such as 'what do we have', 'what do we want' and 'what are the problems'? Ketso is not so useful with groups of simliar people from different catchments.
  • More printed maps would have been better, and more time to consider and explore the data, possibly with a laptop at each table
  • Two catchments was too much to attempt in one day - it would have been preferable to focus on one catchment with more time to analyse the data

For more information please contact any of the workshop team:

Michelle Walker This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Data and Evidence



Paul Hulme's presentation on what the national data tells us HERE

Hilary Philips' presentation on the local picture <link coming soon>

Jo Old's presentation on the EA perspective <link coming soon>


Dave Johnson's presentation on what the national data tells us <link coming soon>



The workshop was fairly experimental so we gathered feedback during the final plenary session to find out what we could do differently and also what the support requirements of the CaBA partners was going forward.

A summary of the key feedback is HERE




Ketso outputs in interactive spreadsheet. HERE


Tag cloud analysis of key words from Ketso kits which highlights the key issues picked up by national v local data, barriers and solutions. HERE


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