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About Us

Welcome to Bradford Observatory - the "one-stop-shop" website for information and intelligence about Bradford District. The new Bradford Observatory website makes it quicker and easier to find facts, profiles and statistical analysis relating to people and communities across the whole of the District. It covers a range of themes linked to District's Sustainable Community Strategy or "Big Plan" including health, education, environment, economy, and crime, with the aim of supporting organisations to work more effectively together across the District.

This initiative is part of a wider programme of work sponsored by the Regional Improvement and Efficiency Programme (RIEP) which has funded the setting up of Observatories in each of the 4 Yorkshire and Humber sub-regions (click here to find out more about this programme).

In addition to the West Yorkshire Observatory, three further sub-regional Observatories within Yorkshire and the Humber have been developed with funding from the Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership (RIEP)

For the Humber: Humber Data Observatory - the grouping of Local Authority systems in the sub-region that drawing upon Humber data and information appropriate for local area needs analysis

For North Yorkshire: STREAM - Statistics, Research and Mapping for North Yorkshire and York. The system will store, analyse and present statistical data about North Yorkshire and York

For South Yorkshire: LASOS the Local Information System for Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham & Sheffield in South Yorkshire.

The sites for Bradford’s West Yorkshire neighbours can be accessed by clicking any of the links below.

Welcome to the Calderdale Intelligence Observatory

The Calderdale Intelligence Observatory is a tool for everyone to explore strategic data, information and intelligence about Calderdale’ communities and geographies. The observatory provides a clear evidence base for communities and professionals to determine the needs of people in Calderdale which will shape decision making and services.

The Observatory has been developed in conjunction with partners in Calderdale under the work of the Local Strategic Partnership.

Researching our communities and geographies is not a new concept for Calderdale. We have been working on community and geographical research for a number of years and many products have been published to help understand community needs & priorities. An interim observatory was also created in 2009 on the Calderdale Partnership Website which started to pull all data and information together in one place so we could be more effective with our research & combined understanding. Funding and support from the Regional Improvement & Efficiency Partnership in 2011 made it possible to transform our interim solution into a more user friendly centralised source of information for Calderdale.

The key objectives for the observatory are below:

The observatory will:

  • Provide communities and professionals both within and outside of Calderdale with strategic data and information about communities and geographies within Calderdale. This will be accessible through different levels e.g. raw data, ready-made profiles to help different audiences get the best out of the published information
  • Provide a single source for all national freely available data. This should eliminate duplication in sourcing data & help users understand more clearly where the data has come from
  • Enhance our understanding of Calderdale by allowing us to see data next to each other rather than being isolated. This means we can start to more clearly understand correlations between things like education & crime
  • Enhance the evidence base for planning and monitoring core strategic policies and strategies and associated priorities for the district
  • Enhance the joint planning, resourcing and commissioning of services
  • Enhance partnership working. Knowing the same consistent priorities for Calderdale from a sound evidence base will make sure services are delivered in a joined up way

Welcome to the Kirklees Intelligence Observatory

The Kirklees Observatory is a tool for everyone to explore strategic data, information and intelligence about Kirklees’ communities and geographies. The observatory provides a clear evidence base for communities and professionals to determine the needs of people in Kirklees which will shape decision making and services.

The Observatory has been developed in conjunction with partners in Kirklees under the work of the Local Strategic Partnership.

Researching our communities and geographies is not a new concept for Kirklees. We have been working on community and geographical research for a number of years and many products have been published to help understand community needs & priorities. An interim observatory was also created in 2009 on the Kirklees Partnership Website which started to pull all data and information together in one place so we could be more effective with our research & combined understanding. Funding and support from the Regional Improvement & Efficiency Partnership in 2011 made it possible to transform our interim solution into a more user friendly centralised source of information for Kirklees.

The key objectives for the observatory are below:

The observatory will:

  • Provide communities and professionals both within and outside of Kirklees with strategic data and information about communities and geographies within Kirklees. This will be accessible through different levels e.g. raw data, ready-made profiles to help different audiences get the best out of the published information
  • Provide a single source for all national freely available data. This should eliminate duplication in sourcing data & help users understand more clearly where the data has come from
  • Enhance our understanding of Kirklees by allowing us to see data next to each other rather than being isolated. This means we can start to more clearly understand correlations between things like education & crime
  • Enhance the evidence base for planning and monitoring core strategic policies and strategies and associated priorities for the district
  • Enhance the joint planning, resourcing and commissioning of services
  • Enhance partnership working. Knowing the same consistent priorities for Kirklees from a sound evidence base will make sure services are delivered in a joined up way

Welcome to Leeds Observatory

The Leeds Observatory is a tool for everyone to explore strategic data, information and intelligence about Leeds’ communities and geographies. The observatory provides a clear evidence base for communities and professionals to determine the needs of people in Leeds which will shape decision making and services.

Researching our communities and geographies is not a new concept for Leeds. We have been working on community and geographical research for a number of years and a number of products have been published to help understand community needs and priorities such as the Leeds Neighbourhood Index.

The Leeds Observatory is managed by a team at Leeds City Council, with contributions from key partners such as the West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Fire Service and NHS Leeds. The Observatory has been developed in partnership with the five West Yorkshire authorities; Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield. Contact information for the team can be located on the ‘Contact Us’ page.

The key objectives for the Leeds Observatory are below:

The Leeds Observatory will:

  • Provide communities and professionals both within and outside of Leeds with strategic data and information about communities and geographies within Leeds. This will be accessible through different levels e.g. raw data, ready-made profiles to help different audiences get the best out of the published information.
  • Work towards providing a single source for the majority of national freely available data. This should eliminate duplication in sourcing data and help users understand more clearly where the data has come from.
  • Enhance our understanding of Leeds by allowing us to see data next to each other rather than being isolated. This means that we can start to more clearly understand the correlation between things like education and crime.
  • Enhance the evidence base for planning and monitoring core strategic policies and strategies and associated priorities for Leeds.
  • Enhance the joint planning, resourcing and commissioning of services.
  • Enhance partnership working. Knowing the same consistent priorities for Leeds from a sound evidence base will make sure services are delivered in a joined up way.

Welcome to the Wakefield Observatory

The Wakefield Observatory is a tool for everyone to explore data, information and intelligence about Wakefield District’s communities and neighbourhoods. The observatory provides a broad range of evidence for communities and professionals to analyse the needs of people in the district and help to shape decision making and services.

The Observatory is being developed and maintained by members of the district’s local partnership, Wakefield Together, and also with partners in the other West Yorkshire districts.

Working to better understand local communities is vital to delivering effective and efficient public services and work to this end has been undertaken for many years. The Partnership and Neighbourhoods Data Access (Panda) system was an early attempt to bring analysis and reports together under one website for partners to share and this was superseded in 2010 by a mini-observatory on the Wakefield Together website. Funding and support from the Regional Improvement & Efficiency Partnership in 2011 made it possible to transform this earlier work into a much more comprehensive and centralised repository for detailed data and analysis tools.

The key objectives are that the observatory will:

  • Provide communities and professionals both within and outside of the Wakefield district with data and information about local communities and neighbourhoods. This will be accessible through different levels e.g. raw data, ready-made profiles to help different audiences get the best out of the published information
  • Provide a single place store large amounts of data from different national data publishes, and also locally produced datasets and variables. This should eliminate duplication in sourcing data & help users understand more clearly where the data has come from
  • Enhance our understanding of the district by allowing us to view many types of data together in one report. This will also help to stimulate thinking about how some issues are inter-related.
  • Enhance the evidence base for planning and monitoring important strategic policies and priorities for the district
  • Enhance the joint planning, resourcing& commissioning of services
  • Strengthen partnership working by demonstrating the value of sharing data.

Welcome to West Yorkshire Observatory - the "one-stop-shop" website for information and intelligence about West Yorkshire. This website makes it quicker and easier to find facts, profiles and statistical analysis relating to people and communities across the whole of West Yorkshire. This site provides high-level West Yorkshire figures, but for more detail you can click through to more detailed information being gathered and maintained in each of the five Districts:

This initiative is part of a wider programme of work sponsored by the Regional Improvement and Efficiency Programme (RIEP) – click here to find out more.