Colorado Department of State takes accountability to the next level with an innovative election reporting initiative

Colorado ACE Election Dashboards

Colorado Department of State takes accountability to the next level with an innovative election reporting initiative. Accountability in Colorado Elections (ACE), uses interactive mapping software to produce a series of interactive maps, charts, and tables of Colorado election data by county helping the people of Colorado gain an insight into how their government conducts elections.

Turning a vision into reality

Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler has been the driving force behind a website designed to help the people of Colorado get a better understanding of how their elections are run. Gessler challenged his  team to take publicly available data and put it into a digestible format for everyone to see. The data includes information about the statewide election that takes place each November as well as Primary elections that occur in June in even years. The data is presented in five major topic areas:  types of ballots issued and receipt statistics; county compliance with legal requirements and participation in recommended activities; gross and net elections costs provided by counties; voter registration statistics; and recently added voter turnout by party affiliation.

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How the London Borough of Croydon is providing accurate and relevant demographic information for Croydon with the help of interactive mapping software

Croydon Data Observatory

The London Borough of Croydon provides a large number of services for local people, businesses and visitors to the borough, including services for children and adults, and environmental, cultural, sports, housing, planning and benefits services. Anesa Kritah, Strategic Intelligence Manager, talks through the latest developments for the Croydon Observatory.

What is the Croydon Observatory?

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How InstantAtlas is helping Gloucestershire County Council meet its transparency agenda through interactive mapping

InstantAtlas in action

Katherine Martin, from the Strategic Needs Analysis Team at Gloucestershire County Council explains how it is using interactive mapping software to help encourage self-service and meet its transparency agenda.

What is your project?

Over the last few years we have been focusing on making data available within the organisation, as well as to our partners and the public, in an easy to use and accessible way that is less resource intensive.

This has taken many forms including a publicly available website Inform Gloucestershire, the JSNA (a strategic planning tool which brings together the latest information on health and wellbeing) and MAIDeN (a multi-agency database where users will find interactive profiles for the different neighbourhoods in the county).

InstantAtlas has been part of the process of making information available in ways that are easy to use, understand and update. It has allowed us to visualise data in a new format that has enhanced our existing offer.

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How interactive mapping software is being used to present health related data and information by CPHROnline in New Zealand

Centre for Public Health Research

InstantAtlas in action

Caroline Fyfe, Research Assistant, has been working on the New Zealand, Centre for Public Health Research website CPHROnline. Here she tells us how the project got off the ground and the benefits of using InstantAtlas.

What is your project?

Our project is called CPHROnline. The website allows health professionals, academics and the public to access all kinds of health related data online via a series of interactive maps. As well as mapping health data, CPHROnline reports include bar charts comparing health data between different regions and time series charts which show how health indicators within each region have changed over time.

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School Health Profiles live on Nottingham Insight

School nurses are specialist public health nurses, who support the development of children and young people aged five to 19 ensuring they have the best possible health and education outcomes. They deliver effective, evidence-based public health interventions with additional care and support for those who need it.

As part of the review of the school nursing service, Nottingham City Public Health developed school health profiles for the groups of schools covered by the school nurses. There are a total of 15 school nursing groups within Nottingham City. These profiles include up-to-date information about children and young people covering a wide range of key indicators (e.g. demographics, wider determinants of health, health improvement). Using the profiles, you can see at a glance how your school group performs against a wide range of indicators. You can also compare the data with other school groups in Nottingham City via the spine charts.

These PDF profiles are now live on the Nottingham Insight website. Accompanying the PDFs is a dedicated webpage which features an interactive e-Atlas offering which is yet another way to view the data.

For further information along with links to the e-Atlas and the downloadable PDFs please visit:

This posting was written by Wendy Conibear, Information Analyst in the GIS, Data & Information Team (Development Department) at Nottingham City Council

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How Wolverhampton’s Local Information System is driving consistency of data use and helping deliver evidence-based strategic planning


The Corporate Strategy and Improvement Unit at Wolverhampton City Council provides statistics, information, research and intelligence for decision making and is responsible for demographic data held by the council.

Debbie Turner, Policy Officer (Research & Information) in the Unit, says the decision to develop a Local information System (LIS) came from a recognition that data wasn’t being used effectively and that there was a great deal of duplication of effort when it came to local intelligence.

“We were getting a lot of requests for the same information, often from the people working together on the same projects or in the same service while at the same time we knew there was good work going on in pockets across the council and other organisations,” she says. “We also spent a lot of our time co-ordinating data collection from a range of services for people within the council or for partner organisations.”

Debbie says one of their key aims was to improve information management and to ensure that the most up-to-date data, from the right sources was being used. The Unit started to develop a business case for an LIS and created a project group consisting of key strategic partners from across the city. The business case was signed off in September 2010 and the Unit set about a tender process. After assessing three bids InstantAtlas was awarded the contract.

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