As more and more decisions around economic development, infrastructure, skills and welfare are made at the local level, greater understanding of the particular economic, social, and cultural circumstances of different places is needed. To improve the quality of policy-making and outcomes, accurate and timely data at the appropriate spatial level will become ever more important. If such data are not available, policy design and delivery at the local level will fail to create the prosperity that devolution offers.
To help improve the production and use of sub-national data, Centre for Cities and the Office for National Statistics co-hosted a public policy forum event for around 50 national and local policy-makers, data producers and data users to explore how we can work together to ensure that the devolution agenda is supported and underpinned by appropriate data and intelligence.
10.30 REGISTRATION – tea/coffee
11.00 WELCOME – Jonathan Athow from the ONS and Andrew Carter from Centre for Cities
11.05 Changing statistics: how is the ONS responding to city-region devolution? Jonathan Athow, ONS [SLIDES]
11.15 Data in Whitehall: how is central government using city-region data and intelligence? Tom Walker, DCLG
11.25 Data in local government – How are cities using data?
11.45 Questions / Discussion
12.00 Statistical developments across government – How is the emerging policy impacting agencies, departments and devolved administrations?
12.30 Questions / Discussion
13.10 Other data users – How are data being exploited and developed to better meet local needs?
13.55 Questions / Discussion
14.10 Breakout sessions / feedback
14.50 Wrap up