Observatory issues invitation to tender to support integrated policy model

West Midlands Regional Observatory logoThe Observatory has released an Invitation to Tender (PDF, 320kb) today for provision of technical and analytical support for our Integrated Policy Model (IPM).

This is an exciting opportunity for external consultants to engage with the IPM, the first fully integrated spatial model developed to support regional, local and sub-regional organisations plan and monitor policies.

The IPM  is an interactive tool which allows policy makers and analysts to explore in detail the potential impacts of specific policy interventions. Before committing millions of pounds of investment, the potential impacts in different local areas can be simulated within the realistic regional environment of the model.

The model uses sophisticated mathematical techniques that have been developed over 30 years. Combining these techniques with recent advances in mapping software enables the model to present results in the form of animated maps, supported by traditional charts and tables.

The successful applicant will be required to work both with the Observatory and independently in using the model to support commissioned research projects.

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