Big Data is being used by Prior’s Court to better understand our young people’s autism and transform how we support those in our care.

Prior Insight is a ground-breaking, bespoke digital platform which gathers rich data about autism as a condition as Prior’s Court staff members log information about the young person they are working with every day.

Data - called ‘diary entries’ - are inputted via the digital platform, covering records such as food and drink intake, toileting, and activities undertaken, such as a walk, a puzzle or watching TV.

On average, more than 10,000 diary entries are made every week.

We have produced a short explainer video about the idea behind Prior Insight,



Elaine Hudgell, Prior Insight Operational Project Lead, said: “This data gives us unprecedented insights to map and analyse autism-related behaviours and triggers. With this, we gain a deeper understanding of each of our young people and so produce informed, tailored support for them to have more good days. Essentially, it helps to communicate to us digitally what our young people are not able to tell us verbally- it’s bridging that gap and helping to give them a voice.

“For one young person, Prior Insight helped us to recognise certain behavioural patterns he displayed in the build-up to a seizure. This meant we were alerted in advance that a seizure might be imminent and could provide appropriate support. 

“These insights, and the future research opportunities the rich data can inform, can then be shared with the wider autism sector and potentially influence approaches and policy outside of Prior’s Court.

“It is no exaggeration to say Prior Insight has been a gamechanger for us and has the potential to be a gamechanger for the wider autism world.”

Read more about Prior Insight here.

A fundraising project for Prior Insight is ongoing. To discuss how you could help, contact the fundraising team on 01635 247202 or email [email protected]