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Empowering District Development through a Ward Level Social Progress Index

In response to various challenges faced by Lichfield District Council (LDC), Impera was approached to address issues ranging from a lack of understanding of population outcomes to the need for an evidence base for a Health in all Policies Approach. The project aimed to establish a comprehensive Social Progress Index at a ward level, consolidating over 50 outcome datasets, and provide training to key staff and councillors.


The objectives were:

  1. Develop a ward-level Social Progress Index to understand population outcomes.

  2. Enhance data maturity within LDC and establish a culture of data sharing.

  3. Provide an evidence base for a Health in all Policies Approach.

  4. Establish a baseline measurement for the Lichfield Manifesto.

  5. Inform the Local Plan through data-driven insights.

Impera developed the following solutions:

  1. Social Progress Index: Developed and implemented a ward-level Social Progress Index, accessible at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/council/social-progress-index.

  2. Data Sharing Agreement: Facilitated a data-sharing agreement between LDC and Staffordshire County Council, enabling the exchange of anonymized data on adult social care usage and education outcomes for children in Lichfield.

  3. Training: Provided comprehensive training sessions for key staff and all councillors.

  4. Workshops: Conducted workshops with local partners, including health partners, civic society, and the chamber of commerce.

The results were internal and external. Data standards were improved and a culture of data sharing across all internal teams was established. Strong relationships between LDC and Staffordshire County Council fostered effective data sharing enabling predictive analytics using the dataset.

 

The publicly launched Social Progress Index enhanced transparency of outcomes Impera's intervention not only addressed the specific challenges outlined by LDC but also brought about a transformative impact on internal processes and external relationships. The ward-level Social Progress Index stands as a testament to the power of data-driven decision-making, fostering transparency and supporting initiatives for the overall betterment of the community.

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