Landscape Review

As part of the initial stages of the programme, DARE UK commissioned a landscape review of existing data research infrastructure across the UK. This involved a comprehensive series of interviews and workshops with over 150 technologists, researchers and others to better understand their experiences and needs.

The first phase of DARE UK is an extensive listening exercise to uncover what a national data research infrastructure that is joined-up, trustworthy and supports research at scale for public good should look like. As a key part of this, we commissioned an initial review of the existing data research infrastructure across the UK.

The purpose of the review – undertaken by management consultancy and analytics company Carnall Farrar during August and September 2021 – was to better understand the experiences and unmet needs of the key users of existing infrastructure. 

Six themes of unmet needs were heard from participants: 1) data and discoverability, 2) access and accreditation, 3) IT infrastructure, 4) capability and capacity, 5) maintaining trust, and 6) funding and incentives. There was widespread support for DARE UK and its ambitions, and frustration with current system efficiency. DARE UK has an opportunity to lead a coordinated effort towards a better system for research and innovation. 

The findings of the landscape review – which is only one of a series of engagement exercises as part of DARE UK Phase 1 – are invaluable for informing the design and delivery of a novel and innovative UK-wide data research infrastructure.

The final report and recommendations from this initial landscape review were published in October 2021 – follow the link below to access the report.

Read the full landscape review report (October 2021)