Crime, Recovery and Treatment

It has been suggested that drug users are more likely than non-users to commit criminal offences.

Research studies have found that acquisitive crime such as stealing is commonly linked to offenders of these crime types testing positive for drug use. Treatment for drug using offenders has been measured using a Value For Money (VFM) tool, which demonstrates that crime falls and health improves when people are in drug treatment.

A report has been produced, focusing on drug related criminal activities across Warwickshire for 2012/13. A link to this report can be found below.

Crime, Recovery & Treatment in Warwickshire 2012-13

The State of Stratford-on-Avon: Presentation to the Local Strategic Partnership

This morning, the Observatory gave a ‘State of the District’ presentation to the Stratford-on-Avon Local Strategic Partnership.  The presentation, put together with Stratford-on-Avon District Council, provided an overview of some of the key demographic, social and economic drivers affecting the district.

While emphasising that in broad terms the district continues to be an extremely desirable place to live and work, the presentation identified a series of issues that local partners might want to prioritise for attention over the next few years. It highlighted the pressures facing an ageing population, the mismatch between job vacancy types and the occupations jobseekers are looking for, housing affordability for the low paid and the extent of relative inequality that exists in certain parts of the district.

The presentation was followed by a number of workshops where partners were asked to identify future priorities for the district.

The slides can be viewed below, or for a pdf version containing the speaker notes please click here.

For more information on the material presented contact Spencer Payne at the Observatory (  For more details on the work of the LSP, visit their website or contact Jenny Murray (

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).

Mosaic Seminar – understanding our customers

Today we hosted a seminar for County Council colleagues on the Mosaic dataset.  Mosaic is a household classification tool, providing a detailed understanding of each resident’s demographics, lifestyle and behaviours.  It provides us with an accurate way of differentiating between different customer types, each with their own unique set of service needs and channel preferences.  We had previously posted a briefing note on Mosaic and have produced Warwickshire Mosaic profiles, and today’s session was designed to raise further awareness of the dataset and discuss how it might be applied.

For those of you unable to attend the seminar, we have attached our presentation below.  It contains the following sections:

  • What is Mosaic?
  • Tell-us-a-postcode exercise (making it real)
  • Warwickshire’s Mosaic profile
  • Applying Mosaic in Warwickshire
  • Case study: the ‘one front door’ programme

Staff then discussed some potential applications of Mosaic within their own service areas, with many good ideas emerging.

We recommend clicking on the ‘view fullscreen’ button when browsing the presentation.

We will now help colleagues across the organisation explore how they might be able to make use of Mosaic to profile customers, identify need, engage with residents using the most effective channels and target service delivery in the right places.  Please contact us at if you have any queries.

Quality of Life 2011/12 Report – Feedback Survey

The Quality of Life 2011/12 Report, produced by Warwickshire Observatory in October last year, uses analysis of a range of trends and indicators to provide an assessment of the quality of life experienced by residents in Warwickshire, and also assesses how these have changed over time.

The report’s findings contribute to our evidence base needed for the development, monitoring and review of policy and decision making.

We are now turning our attention to this year’s report, and we’d really like to hear your views around how useful and relevant the report is for you, how you use it in your work, and also get your thoughts around aspects such as the design, layout, etc.

We’ve produced a short on-line survey and would be grateful if you could spend 10 minutes completing it for us, by the Friday 11th May. Your views will help shape our work on quality of life this year. The survey can be accessed by clicking on this link >

If you haven’t yet had an opportunity to look at the Report it can be accessed by following this link >

 Thank you for your time.

Presentation to Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group

The Observatory kicked off the new year with a presentation to the Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).  The CCG is one of four emerging groups across the Coventry and Warwickshire sub-region (referred to as the Arden Cluster) and covers an area identical to the borough area.  The CCGs have come together to take on the commissioning responsibilities as part of the Government’s plans for the NHS. The groups will work together to manage their local budgets and buy health services for patients direct with other NHS colleagues and local authorities.

The clinical commissioning groups will assume full responsibility for commissioning in April 2013 and, as part of the preparation for this role, the Observatory presented a socio-demographic and health overview to GPs from across the borough.  The slides provided a contextual summary of Rugby, including key statistics on population change, the local economy, deprivation and inequalities, the Mosaic classification and of course health issues.

The material may be of broader interest for those working in the Rugby area and can be viewed here.


Quality of Life 2011/12 – Key Messages Presentation

As a supplement to our Quality of Life in Warwickshire 2011/12 Report, we have also produced a stand-alone presentation that will take you through the key messages. It has been created in Prezi and takes about ten minutes to view. We hope it provides a useful and highly visual way of presenting a synopsis of the report to a wide audience.

To view the presentation, just click on the ‘play’ icon in the image below. To view it in full-screen mode, click on ‘More’ when it appears; there is a full-screen option there plus an auto-run option should you wish. As always, please let us know what you think to this new approach. Contact David Gardiner with any feedback or queries.


To view other Prezis from the Observatory, click here.