Do you want to improve systems, places and lives in your area?

The Essex Centre for Data Analytics, a partnership between Essex County Council, Essex Police & the University of Essex, have some ideas for how we can improve services, systems and the lives of residents - and they would like to test these with Essex residents. We are looking for honest, open conversations, touching upon issues that affect everyone. We want to have a chat and understand what your thoughts are about new processes we could use to make Essex a better place to live and work.

We’d love to hear from you! Working in partnership with the research organisation Revealing Reality we will be holding remote, online focus groups over the next few weeks. They will last 2 hours, and you will receive £50 as a thank you for your time.

If you’re interested in taking part please complete this short survey below.

We are looking to speak to Essex residents aged between 18 and 75 years old, that must live within Essex (excluding Southend and Thurrock). We will be asking several questions about you, your household and your working situation. The information that you provide within this survey will only be used for the purpose of selecting participants for this research project. By using a screener survey to select participants for this research project we are ensuring that we are talking to a wide range of people from across Essex.

Taking part in this research is completely voluntary, and you will be able to stop and withdraw consent at any time.

Please note that we will be speaking to a limited number of people, and unfortunately this means that we will not be able to speak to everyone who expresses an interest.

If you have any questions about this project or would like support to complete this survey, please email the Research team at:  

Any information you share with us a part of this project will not be identifiable to individuals or organisations in our final report. 

Data protection
Essex County Council fully complies with information legislation. If you would like the full details of how we use personal data, and the rights you have about its use, please go to or call 03457 430 430. This survey software is provided by SmartSurvey, whose privacy policy can be viewed at