The Spatial Analysis Unit is a multi-disciplinary unit of geographers, economists, statisticians and social reasearchers, and sits within the Analytical Services Directorate. One of the aims of this unit is to promote spatial analysis in government.
Some of SpAU’s activities include conducting spatial analysis, providing advice and support, and sharing knowledge and best practice to inform the government on policy development and implementation.
The Analysis of Place newsletter aims to regularly share information such as data sources, guidance and toolkits.
The November 2009 issue (pdf, 1.89mb) features our work producing interactive maps to provide evidence on spatial patterns of social and economic analysis within the West Midlands.
Other projects featured in the newsletter includes:
- Interactive map showing the proportion of the West Midlands’ working age population claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance.
- Series of maps with commentary identifying locations vulnerable to the recession in the West Midlands (ppt, 2.75mb) – more details here.
- Our recent annual conference titled ‘West Midlands: Fit for the Future?’
The Intra-Governmental Group on Geographic Information, managed on behalf of Government by a different team within Analytical Services Directorate at CLG, is hosting the Analysis of Place newsletter on their site, to make it available to all government analysts with an interest in geographic information and spatial analysis.
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