Research and Intelligence

This section provides access to publications, datasets and reports/briefing produced by the team on subjects related to the Economy, Society, Environment, Skills, Tourism and Places along with reports produced by the Regional Economic Forecasting Panel. Our quarterly e-briefings and data release calendar also appear in this section in addition to datasets, publications and reports/briefings that cut across all our themes. For the past 2 years the Research & Intelligence Unit has developed the evidence base for Future North West (formerly RS2010).

The Research Team operates a Research Programme to supply timely, high quality and accurate data, information and intelligence to both support the strategic need of the Agency and will ensure a comprehensive evidence base to influence the economic development of the region in the future. Outputs from projects undertaken through the Research Programme are also published in this section.

The publication search may help you to find more specific information.

The e-briefing provides information on the work of the RIU. It outlines our programme of activity for the coming months, recent outputs from our work and details of forthcoming events. Please click on the links below to access the e-briefing.

Data Release Calendar:
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) manages thousands of past and future statistical publications from ONS and the Government Statistical Service in other Government Departments. Future releases are announced up to a year in advance. The RIU produces a data release calendar which summarises important releases due out in the next few months and details what they contain.

Cross Cutting Data & Publications:
Below are links to a number of datasets and publications that provide information and intelligence across all of our themes. 

North West Databook - 2011

The Databook, compiled by the RIU is split into two sections. The first section contains information on the Northwest, its sub-regions and local authorities whilst the second section presents information on the Northwest and other regions.

Regional Trends
Regional Trends is an online publication from ONS. It brings together official statistics, analysis and guidance to assist those with an interest in places in the UK to understand the complex relationships between locations and the people who live there.

Neighbourhood Statistics
The Neighbourhood Statistics Service (NeSS) provides detailed statistics and allows users to search within specific geographic areas. The site also provides summary reports for local neighbourhoods. Datasets covered include health, housing, education, deprivation, age, ethnicity and 2001 Census data.

If you would like to add a resource please do this using our Research Postbox. All submissions will be checked and verified before being added to the site.

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