“InstantAtlas was relatively cheap to purchase and gave us the ability to do what we wanted without having to involve specialist IT teams.”
Worcestershire County Council has been using geographical information systems for about 20 years and the Council has had a web-based GIS presence since 2001. It became clear there was major opportunity to develop this further as a way to present the results of the 2001 census. After the council elections in 2005, the council wanted a simple way to give the new councillors better intelligence about the wards they served. The council’s Research and Intelligence Unit was tasked with bringing together information from, various departments to generate electoral division profiles. The objective was to enable the council members to have access to a wide range of information about the area they represent to use in their role.
The unit’s remit includes research advice, the provision of intelligence about residents’ views and clients’ needs and the management of performance linked to corporate and partnership strategies including community safety.
The Unit also provides research and intelligence services related to population, housing, the economy and the environment and an informative service relating to economic matters: this work is fundamental to most strategic planning and economic regeneration activities.