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Actionable insights: sport analytics

  Introduction A post by Mary Hamilton (2017) about her time at The Guardian has sent me off thinking about actionable insights in sport analytics. In her article, Mary shares thirteen lessons from her time as executive editor for audience at The Guardian. Three of the thirteen had a particular resonance with me. Insight 1 is 'Data isn't magic, it's what you do with it that counts'. She notes "We make better decisions when we’re better informed, and all data is is information". She adds that developing an in-house data resource, Ophan, "It’s not just about putting numbers into the hands of editorial...

What is it we do in Performance Analysis?

One of Jacquie Tran's delightful sketchnotes appeared in my Twitter feed a couple of days ago ... https://twitter.com/jacquietran/status/893271086896357376 It coincided with a message I received from Jamie Coles and the subsequent guest posts that appeared on Clyde Street today. Doug's definition of performance analysis includes 'insight', 'information' and 'decisions'. Jacquie's note of his definition sent me off thinking about some other words too ... 'augmentation', 'support' and 'actionable'. In my thinking, I returned to two seminal papers from the same year, 1991, that helped me reflect on what the craft of performance analysis might involve at the time I was establishing the Centre...

Insights for #UCSIA16 from Bill

I use Scoop.it! as a way to aggregate news each day about activities that interest me. I curate some of the links with the #UCSIA16 tag. This is one I posted today https://twitter.com/520507/status/725795234064506880 Bill shares eight lessons on "how to use data analytics effectively to improve performance". Analytics must always be decision-driven not data-led or technique-led. Analytics can only be effective in organisations with an evidence-based culture. Analytics should result in data reduction rather than adding to data overload. Data analysis is a signal-extraction process. The most important data are the expert data created within an organisation. Analytics is not all about big...