The Open Data Platform (ODP)
   
Introduction

Over the last ten years, over 5 million people have taken part in more than 15,000 clinical research studies supported by the Clinical Research Network. This data needs to be managed, maintained and interpreted by a wide range of stakeholders to drive improvement across the NHS, academia and the life-sciences industry.

The ODP applications (apps) created by the Business Intelligence team deliver insight into CRN portfolio studies, recruitment of participants and trends in performance, as well as offering the operational management tools needed for delivery and continuous improvement. The different apps allow users to interact with high level or granular information to suit their information, analytical and reporting needs.





What is ODP?
The Open Data Platform is the name the CRN has given to a series of applications, dashboards and visualisations of data built using QlikView software. QlikView is a BI platform which allows organisations like us to:
  • Consolidate relevant data from multiple sources into a single place
  • Explore the associations in our data
  • Enable social decision making through secure, near real-time collaboration
  • Visualise data with engaging, state-of-the-art graphics
  • Search across all data—directly and indirectly
  • Interact with dynamic dashboards and analytics

Benefits of ODP
The apps in ODP are bringing real benefits by:
  • Providing a single source of truth for data and so reducing internal ‘data debates’
  • Improving the quality of data through consistency of approach, embedded standards and exposure to errors
  • Delivering superior visualisation, enabling users to interact with the data and explore trends at a glance
  • Combining and increasing the scope of data – revealing patterns, risks and best practice
  • Providing access to near real-time data

Using ODP

In order to use ODP, you will need to register for an ODP account to access these applications.  If you have an NIHR, NHS or ‘ac.uk’ email address, you will be able to create an account using the registration link on the ODP homepage. Some apps require extra permissions to access - if you require further access, please email odp@nihr.ac.uk for more information.


You can reach the ODP homepage by clicking here: https://odp.nihr.ac.uk/.  Once you log in, you will see the Access Point, which is a list of all the applications that have been created by the Business Intelligence team.  By default, the Access Point will only show 12 apps when you login the first time.  You can change the view using ‘Show All’ and also select Favourite apps with a star.


You can also sign up for the ODP User Group, a Google community where you can ask questions and get advice on how to get the most out of ODP.  Information about upcoming training webinars will also be posted to this group.



ODP Application Dashboard

Below you will find links and descriptions of the most commonly used ODP apps.  If you have difficulty using the apps or questions about the data, please email the Business Intelligence team on odp@nihr.ac.uk


Click on the categories below to see the apps that are available on each topic:


National Portfolio

These applications or dashboards are focused on the portfolio of studies, participant recruitment and performance trends at a national level.  They can also be further drilled down or filtered to more specific views based on your needs.


Commercial Portfolio

These applications or dashboards are focused on Commercial studies, recruitment and performance trends at a national level and can be further drilled down or filtered to more specific views based on your needs.  

(Access restrictions apply to these apps, due to the confidential nature of commercial study data.  If you require access, please contact odp@nihr.ac.uk)


Local Networks

These applications or dashboards have been developed by Local Networks for reviewing the portfolio of studies, participant recruitment and performance trends in their region.


Specialty Clusters

These applications or dashboards have been developed for the Specialty Cluster teams to highlight specific information pertinent to the activities of the specialty cluster


Archive Data Cuts

These versions of the applications or dashboards provide a snapshot of the data on the system at a particular point in time.  Data cuts are taken at the end of each quarter.  The Q1 cut is taken in July, Q2 (ABF) in October, Q3 in January and the Annual Cut (Q4) in April.