‘How Team Bury is using data visualisation with time series analysis from Bury Insight’
Bury Insight is the Bury statistics and maps website which is funded by Bury Council. It is a shared evidence base that provides quick and easy on-line access to data, information, and intelligence about the borough of Bury, and aims to meet the needs of the local community, Team Bury (the local strategic partnership) and the general public.
Team Bury partners, including Bury Council, collect a wide range of data including unemployment, housing and health. The site also uses OCSI data packs which means that in all it compiles around 10,000 individual datasets.
Scott Abotorabi, Improvement Officer at Bury Council, who helped lead the project to develop the Bury Insight, website says: “We previously had a series of static maps, which on their own they lacked context and it wasn’t easy to view trends over time. By presenting the data in a series of interactive reports we felt we could help more people understand the data.”
Councillor Sandra Walmsley, Cabinet Member for Community Development, says: “We wanted to make sure we had a clear evidence base to improve decision making at the council and by Team Bury. To do this we needed better insight into the issues affecting the Borough, which in turn was driven by having better access to data.”
As the website is relatively new research and intelligence teams across the Team Bury partnership will be spending the next few months further enhancing the website and promoting it to colleagues, other organisations and the local community. A training programme will also be developed to help users understand the benefits of Bury Insight, the mapping systems and how the site can be personalised to individual requirements.
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