Using Data Driven Analysis To Understand Deprivation In England: An Introduction

What are the Indices of Deprivation?
The Indices of Deprivation (IMD) is a set of metrics comparing relative deprivation across England for 317 Local Authorities and 32,844 neighbourhoods (known as LSOAs).

These metrics are combined into 7 domain categories (Income, Employment, Health, Education, Living Environment, Crime, Barriers to Housing & Services), which collectively form the Index of Multiple Deprivation.

How have we improved the approach to analysing the IMD?
Through a collaborative project between Kirklees Council, Surrey County Council, Concentra Analytics, Tableau, and the wider Public Sector Community, a suite of dashboards has been developed to address this challenge.

We overcome some typical complications when trying to understand how relative deprivation has changed over time. Due to changes in geographic boundaries between IMD data releases, it has been impossible to accurately comment on how relative deprivation has changed over time for the affected areas.

We use a novel approach to overcome this, creating what we feel, is the most sophisticated approach for using this data to provide insights. These dashboards could be used by a wide range of users, from strategic policy makers through to members of the public looking to buy a house.

In this webinar we will be introducing the Indices of Deprivation and reviewing how to use our dashboards.

During the webinar we cover:

  • What is deprivation?
  • What is the IMD?
  • The fundamentals behind understanding the data
  • Understanding what it can and cannot be used for
  • Important changes to the data compared to previous years
  • Exploring how to use and understand the dashboards

Featured Speakers

Ciaran Gallagher

Ciaran Gallagher

Consulting Manager & Analytics Training Lead


Paul Heather

Paul Heather

Director of Public Sector


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