The government’s Indices of Deprivation were published last week, including the overview Index of Multiple Deprivation 2010 (IMD 2010) which is used very widely to target programmes and resources to tackle inequality and deprivation. The IMD is an important measure of how local areas compare with others on a comprehensive basket of deprivation indicators – so provides a key input to understanding “need” for service commissioning.
Our colleagues at OCSI have been busy providing the IMD data to Data Packs users (http://www.instantatlas.com/data_packs.xhtml), and have written about why the IMD is still important in the open data era (http://www.ocsi.co.uk/news/2011/03/24/why-the-imd-is-still-important-in-the-open-data-age/), some headline findings (http://www.ocsi.co.uk/news/2011/03/24/headline-results-from-the-indices-of-deprivation-2010/), and links to commentary and visuals (http://www.ocsi.co.uk/news/2011/03/29/visualising-the-indices-of-deprivation-2010/). Some of these were picked up by the Guardian DataBlog (http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/mar/29/indices-multiple-deprivation-poverty-england).
InstantAtlas users have of course already started visualising the datasets, including:
- Coventry: http://ias.facts-about-coventry.com/IAS/dataviews/report/fullpage?viewId=236&reportId=234&geoId=7&geoSubsetId=199&geoReportId=7774
- Cornwall: www.cornwall.gov.uk/deprivationmap
- Nottingham: http://www.nottinghaminsight.org.uk/IAS/dataviews/report?reportId=383&viewId=992&geoReportId=26806&geoId=5&geoSubsetId=
- Kirklees (using the older IMD 2007): http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/community/statistics/deprivation/report/2007/atlas.html
As a free offer to all InstantAtlas Server users, OCSI are offering the IMD data for your area, formatted to load straight into your IAS.
Get in touch with Emma James at OCSI (firstname.lastname@example.org, 01273 201 345) for details.