Quality of Life in Warwickshire 2012/13 Annual Report Published…..

Today Warwickshire Observatory publishes the annual Quality of Life report which provides a detailed look at the people, places and communities in our county. The report is an assessment of the demographic, social, economic and environmental themes that all play a part in influencing our residents’ quality of life.  Some of the issues are easier to influence than others, but the purpose of the report is to provide decision makers with the analysis they need to make more informed choices, and to give all staff in the council a better understanding of the communities that we serve in Warwickshire.

We are always looking at ways to improve the Quality of Life Report and the main innovation this year has been to provide a tool to view and analyse many of the datasets included in the report at a very local level. Throughout the report, you will see the ‘Interactive Map’ icon,  which allows you to examine local data on particular themes through our Instant Atlas tool. This feature also allows downloading of the raw data for each indicator so that you can carry out your own analysis, should you wish to.

This year we have seen some interesting changes, for example where trends may now have reached a turning point and are starting to shift, and where there is little evidence to suggest that inequalities are shrinking.

To find out more please click on the link below to be taken to the report.

2012-13 Quality of Life Report

Any feedback you have can be made through the comments section of our Blog or via Twitter (@WarksObs).

Warwickshire Observatory at the LARIA Conference

The Observatory will be well represented at next week’s LARIA Annual Conference. LARIA is the Local Authorities Research & Intelligence Association, and provides a network for supporting research nationally across the public sector.  The 2011 Conference has the theme ‘Doing more with less: maximising the value and impact of research and intelligence’.

Dave Gardiner will be presenting the results of a recent project to support colleagues in our Waste Management team.  Our detailed analysis of recycling participation rates across the north of the county has been used to target marketing activity, with considerable effect.  You can get a preview of his presentation, ‘Thinking inside the Red Box‘, here.

We’ll also be promoting our work on the Warwickshire Blueprint, which you may already be familiar with.  We’ve produced a poster to showcase the project alongside other innovative pieces of work from other public sector organisations.

The Observatory Manager, Andy Davis, will be hosting the conference in his role as Chair of LARIA.

January 2011 Newsletter


This month sees the launch of our first ‘Warwickshire Observatory Newsletter’. Here you can see the work we’re currently involved in and some of the projects headed our way.

There will be three newsletters produced per year alongside the regular updates we provide both on the blog and on our website.

Warwickshire Observatory Newsletter – January 2011

We are always seeking feedback so please take a moment to complete the Poll on the blog homepage to let us know how useful you found the newsletter.

Warwickshire Blueprint Updated with High Speed 2 Preferred Rail Route

The Warwickshire Blueprint Project has recently been updated with the addition of the High Speed 2 Preferred Rail Route.  This was announced by Government on 11th March 2010 and is subject to consultation in Autumn 2010.  If approved, construction is due to start after 2017.  The proposed route runs through five localities in North Warwickshire Borough, Warwick District and Stratford-on-Avon District.

The Blueprint Project presents the key demographic, economic, social, environmental and transport related trends facing the County over the next 25 years or so.

For more information, please click on the link below:

Warwickshire Blueprint

The Warwickshire Blueprint Project

The Observatory has recently completed a new, innovative and forward-looking piece of analysis entitled the Blueprint Project.

The project takes the form of a series of visual map-based presentations to show analysis for a range of existing demographic, economic, social, environmental and transport related datasets.  A further set of slides then detail some of the key future issues and challenges based on projected and forecasted data analysis.  These help to highlight possible future implications for the County’s infrastructure and also how collectively our services are delivered across the public sector.

The Blueprint employs the use of simple data visualisation techniques to present the information and analysis in an easily understandable and visually appealing manner.  Examples of screenshots are shown below:

More information and profiles of the County, District/Borough and Locality Areas are available on the Observatory website using the link below:

Warwickshire Blueprint