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A Better Way

One day during the school holidays, Stick Child’s daddy took him to an outdoor adventure park, where people climb through the trees using various ropes, nets, rickety bridges, zip wires and other things. Stick Child’s daddy thought he’d be pretty … Continue reading

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Nonsense

If you use this… “Total recorded crime this month (2,325 offences) shows an increase of 64 offences compared to last month (+2.8%), and an increase of 97 offences compared to the same period last year (+4.4%). The year-to-date figure is … Continue reading

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Three Different Things

I almost called this blog post ‘Spot the Difference 2’ because it follows on from this old post. The reason for revisiting the arguments in that blog is because since the advent of our little friend Stick Child, the need … Continue reading

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Incontrovertible Evidence

Today, on the 9th April 2014, the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) published their report into allegations of police mis-recording of crime statistics. (The report – Caught Red-Handed: Why We Can’t Count on Police Recorded Crime Statistics – can be … Continue reading

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Stick Child’s Guessing Game

Stick Child and his friends sometimes play a game where they take turns to throw dice and everyone tries to guess the number that will come up. It’s an enjoyable game, but the stick children know it’s just a bit of … Continue reading

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Straight Lines

The other day, Stick Child was playing with his next-door neighbour, Stick Friend. At first, they were having a great time playing with her pet, ‘Stick Stick Insect’, but soon Stick Child noticed that Stick Friend seemed a bit quieter … Continue reading

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Stick Child’s Guide to Systems Thinking

“What is systems thinking?” This is a question I’ve heard quite a lot recently. So, with the assistance of our little friend Stick Child (yes he’s back by popular demand!) let’s take a look at the subject in very straightforward … Continue reading

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Stick Child and the Flat Tyre

Here’s the problem – you have a flat tyre! So, let’s look at a couple of options for resolving this issue… Option 1 One approach might be to inflate the tyre, then check the air pressure on a regular basis to … Continue reading

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Understanding Targets (For the Under 10s)

This is Stick Child. Stick Child is just nine years old. Awww. Stick Child wants to understand about targets, so he plays a game… Stick Child likes paper planes, so he sets himself a target of making one in 60 … Continue reading

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Why ‘Year-To-Date’ is Rubbish

‘Year-to-date’ figures are often used in performance frameworks, both in the public and private sectors. In policing, ‘year-to-date’ figures are regularly used to track the number of reported crimes at any given point in the year, supposedly as an indicator of whether the police … Continue reading

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