In the news – Warwickshire’s Quality of Life 2013/14 report

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Following the publication of Warwickshire’s Quality of Life report earlier this week, find out more information on the report by watching the following video:

Also the report featured on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire’s Breakfast Show on Thursday 7th November.  Three of WCC’s Members, Cllr Cockburn, Cllr Tandy and Cllr Gifford also discussed how the report would impact on the political landscape and influence decisions made across the county.

If you want to listen to the breakfast show, it’s available on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire’s website.

(Andy Davis, the Warwickshire Observatory’s manager talks about the report around 5 minutes 40 seconds and WCC’s three elected Members discuss some of the issues raised at around 1 hour 7 minutes)

Alternatively, listen to the below Audioboo which focuses on Andy discussing the report:

 

Quality of Life in Warwickshire 2013/14 report published

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Today the team is publishing our annual Quality of Life in Warwickshire 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.

The need for this type of material is more important than ever, as increasingly limited resources need to be deployed in transparent, evidence-led ways. The Quality of Life in Warwickshire report continues to provide local decision makers in the public, private, and voluntary sectors with that evidence base so that improving the lives of all of Warwickshire’s residents remains our collective priority.

New in this year’s report is the inclusion of 2011 Census data across a number of the themes, resulting in several new indicators. Our 2011 Census prospectus gives further details of the team’s work in this area.

As in previous reports, we’ve started each section with a ‘data visualisation’, designed to stimulate your interest and make the statistics more engaging. We’ve also continued with the Interactive Maps in this year’s report. This provides users with a tool for viewing and analysing many of the datasets included in the report at a very local level.

To find out more please click on the link below to download the report:

Quality of Life in Warwickshire 2013/14 report (6.8 MB)

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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.