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  • Tackling the additional SEND pressures from new court rulings

    Sebastian Bailey Nov 27, 2018

    Two recent articles in The Independent highlighted the increasing trend for Local Authorities to be challenged by the courts to justify the way they fund and manage their SEND provision. This made us here at Mastodon C think about ways in which our Witan SEND model can be used to help authorities when judgements are […]

  • Utilising Open SEN2 data with our Witan SEND Model

    Sebastian Bailey Nov 8, 2018

      Since our release of Version 1.0 of our SEND model back at the beginning of the year, we’ve been hard at work looking at other places we can apply our model. One of Mastodon C’s core principles is being open source, and so we turned to open data! Our full model takes a local […]

  • The top three SEND policy scenarios

    Fran Bennett Oct 2, 2018

    In our recent work with UK local authorities using our SEND model to support their understanding of future demand, and setting strategies to handle that demand, we have had a lot of conversations about what types of strategies they want to explore. While our initial work is focused on setting an accurate baseline projection, this […]

  • We are on Digital Outcomes and Specialists 3!

    Fran Bennett Sep 28, 2018

    As we know you all love a bit of procurement news: the new Digital Outcomes and Specialists 3 procurement framework goes live on 1st October, and we’ll be one of the suppliers available on it. Along with G-Cloud 10, this gives our local and central government clients a straightforward way to buy our services using […]

  • Why is it hard to project demand for complex public services?

    Fran Bennett Sep 12, 2018

    Most of our local government clients have strong in-house analytics and business intelligence teams, who do most of their demand projection and strategy analysis, often making heavy use of Excel, which is a great workhorse tool for many problems. When we start working with them on complex services such as SEND, one of their considerations […]

  • Modelling Scenarios with the Witan SEND Model

    Sebastian Bailey Sep 5, 2018

    When developing the Witan SEND model we talked to local authorities (LAs) about what was most important to them when doing projections for their SEND population. One of the things we kept hearing was the need to be able to model “alternative scenarios”. Being able to project the future SEND population and the cost to […]

  • Working with LB Hackney to build a new business index

    Fran Bennett Aug 20, 2018

    We recently completed a project with Unboxed and the London Borough of Hackney to create a Minimum Viable Product of a new API-accessible Business Index for the borough’s 25,000 businesses. Take a look here to find out more.

  • How does the SEND model work?

    Sebastian Bailey Aug 17, 2018

    Back in February 2018 we released version 1.0 of our Witan SEND model. Our aim was to help local authorities (LAs) get a better understanding of future demand for services in terms of their SEND population and budget. Working with a number of LAs across the country, we discovered that one of the key areas […]

  • How good are our projections of SEND service demand?

    Mike Ford Jul 20, 2018

    Our models are designed to make predictions on future events using data from the past, so we always need to “validate” them. This means testing how accurately the models predicts real-world situations outside of the safe, cosy environment it’s been conceived and built in. More technically, this is called “out-of-sample” performance. In an ideal world, […]

  • Join us on the march toward advanced data capability in our cities

    Shawn Jhanji Apr 19, 2018

    Smarter use of city data is helping bustling metropolitan areas be better places to live. From generating useful insights in complex areas, to developing new public services, data is creating a new kind of infrastructure that’s growing to be as essential to successful city living as roads and utilities. On the 17th May, Mastodon C, […]

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