How Torbay Council is helping partner organisations to understand and use JSNA data through interactive mapping


Torbay Council has created a website bringing together knowledge and intelligence from different perspectives (such as the local authority which serves the resident population of Torbay and the Clinical Commissioning Group which serves the GP registered population of South Devon and Torbay). This enables a wider understanding of the needs of the population within the South Devon and Torbay community. InstantAtlas interactive mapping software was used to display intelligence which forms part of a wider Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNA) for South Devon and Torbay.

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Age UK creates map showing likelihood of loneliness for 1 MILLION older people


Age UK is the country’s largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. It campaigns on different issues from calling for reform of the care system to trying to improve the bus route in local communities. Age UK has been exploring what factors make older people more at risk of loneliness and whether people with similar risk levels live near each other. We spoke to research adviser Susan Davidson about the project and how the charity used interactive mapping software to create a map showing risk of loneliness.

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Local Government Chronicle, the title for senior council managers, has used InstantAtlas to create an online map that shows the current state of devolution in England.


Across the country, councils are joining up to create new combined authorities – new organisations which will be given additional powers and resources by the government, especially if they are prepared to accept an elected mayor.

LGC has conducted in depth research by speaking to local politicians and council officers to find out the current position in each area. But the title sought a novel way of using mapping software to show what the situation is around the country in a single map…

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Colorado’s Accountability in Colorado Elections (ACE) map wins plaudits ahead of award decision


Colorado’s ACE program are winning plaudits from media as well as experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Minnesota ahead of the National Association of Secretaries of State’s Innovation, Dedication, Excellence and Achievement in Service awards which will be announced in July.

This could be the third win a row for the state which has developed a first-of-its-kind electronic warehouse of elections-related information. Colorado used InstantAtlas to develop an interactive website which uses InstantAtlas to display quantitative and qualitative election data, making it freely available to the public. As well as voting behaviour of its 3.5 million active and inactive registered voters, interactive maps charts and tables include information on voting method, compliance with legal requirements, vote credit based on registered party affiliations, election costs and two types of voter registration statistics.

“I am so proud of our office, which continues to lead the nation on so many fronts, from online business registrations to election awards,” Secretary of State Wayne Williams said. “We really are an innovative state agency.”

View the ACE Dashboards

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Creating a single hub for key Northamptonshire data in an easily accessible format using graphs, maps and tables

How mapping software was used to present up-to-the-minute results of the 2015 Catalan elections


The 2015 Catalan elections were seen by politicians as a tipping point in the future of Catalonia with 76 per cent of Catalonia’s 5.5 million voters going to the polls which was a record–breaking turnout.

After the votes were counted 62 seats in the Catalan parliament were won by Junts pel Si the main pro-independence party. Together with 10 seats won by a smaller nationalist party won pro-independence parties are now the biggest political force. The separatists say the victory means they have the backing of the people to form an independent Catalan state.

The election results were collected and presented as a dashboard by Esri Spain using InstantAtlas Dashboard Builder. Huffington Post ran an article highlighting the election map which were used to build a detailed picture of the results as they came in.

See dashboard here

Find out more about InstantAtlas and election reporting here.

How Public Health England is using interactive mapping software to present detailed public health data with the 2015 NHS Atlas of Variation

Public Health England and the NHS Atlas of Variation

Public Health England (PHE), established in April 2013, exists to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities. It does this through world-class science, knowledge and intelligence, advocacy, partnerships and delivery of specialist public health services.

InstantAtlas is widely used within PHE as it has a enterprise licence and was used for their Atlas of Variation in Healthcare, which has received widespread interest and coverage in the media.

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