Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Research Sandwell was formed in April 2006 and is the principal provider of research and intelligence support to the Sandwell Partnership, the Local Strategic Partnership (LSP). Members include Sandwell Council, Sandwell NHS Primary Care Trust, West Midlands Fire Service and West Midlands Police. Research Sandwell works to support and challenge the policy and decision-making processes of Sandwell Council and its partners through the provision and use of high quality intelligence.

However, as well as providing help and guidance on research and consultation projects, the main aim of the team is to deliver a Local Intelligence System (known as Sandwell Trends) for the partnership.

The aspects of poverty which are highlighted in the Index include income, educational achievement, housing, health, jobs and environmental issues. They have a greater effect on children, older people, those with disabilities or those who are out of work, as well as people from ethnic minorities.

Alex Hawley, Research and Information Manager, Research Sandwell tells us more about how InstantAtlas is being used by the team and how it has helped meet their objectives.

This map shows the neighbourhoods (or Lower Super Output Areas), coloured according to the 2009 Mosaic household groups. Mosaic segments the country's households into fifteen groups (A to O), which can be seen in the map. The spine chart shows the proportion of each group represented within the selected area. By default the Borough profile is displayed. Click an area to change the selection. Double-click to open another.

Getting started


“We first acquired InstantAtlas Desktop in 2006 and we could instantly see the appeal. We were still significant users of other software for our back office GIS work but we knew that InstantAtlas would give us something different that we could share with our partners,” he says.

InstantAtlas was first used for the State of Sandwell report. The team developed a series of interactive reports that were uploaded to a library. This was the starting point for the transition to Sandwell Trends which is a fully fledged LIS system.

For the full story click here >>

Links – Twitter [@sandwellcouncil]

Learn more about Local Information Systems with InstantAtlas – Click here

Watch instantatlas videos and live broadcasts at

One thought on “Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s