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On the first day of the Social Outcomes Conference 2022, we held a roundtable on outcomes measurement and public value.

Dr Mara Airoldi chaired a wide-ranging discussion on the importance of how we define, measure, and use 'value' in decision-making. There was recognition by Stan Gilmour (Thames Valley Police) that 'everyone agrees with the need to collaborate and share the data – but when asked to share in practice, they get protective about this'.

There was also much discussion among participants of the many challenges of data. Mathilde Pellizzari, from FAIR & Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation, highlighted how we need to be aware of the risk of 'performativity' with data - where we prescribe exactly the value we seek to measure.