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Presentation by Oliver Nicholls on how the West Midlands Regional Observatory can help the third sector as a source of evidence for funding applications. This presentation was given at 'Better......

Presentation by Oliver Nicholls on how the West Midlands Regional Observatory can help the third sector as a source of evidence for funding applications. This presentation was given at 'Better evidence... better funding bids', an event held in Birmingham (UK), 19th March 2010, jointly organised by the West Midlands Regional Observatory and Regional Action West Midlands.

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  • 1. The West Midlands Regional Observatory How can we help you? “Better Evidence… Better Funding” 19th March 2010 West Midlands Regional Observatory 2010
  • 2. Content  The Observatory in a nutshell  Our research  Our network  Accessing our info West Midlands Regional Observatory 2009
  • 3. The Observatory in a nutshell  Historically, the region has not used its intelligence resources fully  The Observatory was set up in 2002 to improve the quality of strategy formulation and policy making in the West Midlands  One of nine regional observatories – all very different!  Government wants to encourage evidence- based policy & decision making  “Better evidence… Better policy… Better lives” West Midlands Regional Observatory 2010
  • 4. Our research: Skills Regional Skills Assessment 2009 with sub regional profiles for: • Birmingham & Solihull • Black Country • Coventry & Warks • Herefordshire & Worcs • Shrops and Telford & Wrekin • Staffs and Stoke and LA overview poster more at http://bit.ly/5htbc3 West Midlands Regional Observatory 2010
  • 5. Proportion of 16-18 year olds not in employment, education or training (NEETs), 2008 West Midlands 7% Shropshire Dudley Worcestershire Staffordshire 5% Warwickshire Herefordshire Solihull Coventry Birmingham Wolverhampton Walsall Telford & Wrekin Sandwell Stoke on Trent 12% 0% 5% 10% 15% Proportion of 16-18 year olds Source: Connexions/LSC
  • 6. 36. Proportion of the working age population aged 19+ with no qualifications in 2008 West Midlands 14% Warwickshire Herefordshire Staffordshire Worcestershire Solihull Telford and Wrekin Shropshire Coventry Dudley 14% Walsall 19% Birmingham Sandwell 21% Stoke-on-Trent Wolverhampton 28% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% Proportion of the working age population aged 19+ with no qualifications Source: APS /LFS 2008
  • 7. Our research: Economic Inclusion Analysis of worklessness rates by local authority area Latest employment and unemployment data analysed and mapped by local authority Research on unemployment by key group and local authority • BME • Young People • Mental Health More at http://bit.ly/117Kyk West Midlands Regional Observatory 2010
  • 8. Interactive maps West Midlands Regional Observatory 2010
  • 9. Our research: State of the Region A series of dialogues between researchers and policy makers Currently on: • Sustainable Communities • Economic Recovery • Image & Identity • Equality & Diversity A forum for policy makers to work closely with the region’s research community More at http://bit.ly/wxQBc West Midlands Regional Observatory 2010
  • 10. Our network Our work is informed by a network of 600+ researchers and policy makers Links to sub-regional Observatories and some local authorities Four groups: • Economy & Labour Force • Population & Society • Environment • Geographical Information West Midlands Regional Observatory 2010
  • 11. To keep up with news: wmro.org West Midlands Regional Observatory 2010
  • 12. Resource catalogue The Observatory’s Resource catalogue, at www.wmro.org, gives you access to over 4,000 regional reports, datasets and research documents West Midlands Regional Observatory 2010
  • 13. Enquiries service ? If you have a question about regional data or research, you can ask us via our online enquiry service at www.wmro.org West Midlands Regional Observatory 2010
  • 14. Contact Oliver Nicholls t: 0121 202 3244 e: oliver.nicholls@wmro.org website: wmro.org blog: http://wmro.wordpress.com twitter: @thewmro Level 3 Millennium Point Curzon Street Birmingham B4 7XG West Midlands Regional Observatory 2009