About us


The South Yorkshire Office for Data Analytics (SYODA) is a collaborative pilot programme seeking to highlight the benefits of potential use of increased data sharing, and analytical capacity for evidence-based decision making by regional organisations and partners.

The SYODA pilot was established in response to a defined regional policy need and the belief that better data use leads to better evidence and results in better decisions. Directed and co-funded by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA), the pilot uses University of Sheffield expertise and analytics and aims to build the case for a permanent SYODA service.

The pilot will deliver five ‘demonstrator’ research projects to illustrate the benefits that as examples of the outcomes which could be delivered by a permanent SYODAOffice for Data Analytics. The five demonstrator pilot projects will cover the following South Yorkshire policy areas:

The pilot concluded at the end of June 2022 and as well as the outcomes of the five pilot projects, a business case for a permanent SYODA offering will be produced.


James Cokeham, Regional Economic Development Manager, University of Sheffield:

E: j.a.cokeham@sheffield.ac.uk

Jonathan Guest, Head of Policy, South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority:

E: jonathan.guest@southyorkshire-ca.gov.uk