At the Environment Centre (tEC) we use data and mapping in a number of ways including smarter targeting, analysis and visualisation, identifying project impact and reach, reporting and evaluation.
We use a combination of open source and local authority data to help us identify residents who may be eligible for funding and services. Different projects have targeted different property types e.g. solid walls or no central heating and household circumstances e.g. low income or vulnerable to the cold due to age, ill-health, disability and young children. Data utilised might include Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings, census statistics, off-gas areas, rural classifications, means-tested or disability benefits and health records. We then make contact with residents through a variety of methods including posted letters, hand-delivered leaflets, disseminating information via nearby schools and GP surgeries or promoting at relevant community groups and drop-ins.
Analysis and visualisation
We use national datasets from energy efficiency schemes and carbon emissions to fuel poverty and indices of multiple deprivation to analyse changes locally. Data could identify opportunities for projects, report progress towards targets or highlight achievements and best practice. We find presenting this information in spreadsheets or as maps enhances communication and understanding of the data.
Project impact and reach
We use our own client database and information from project partners to monitor project impacts and ensure we are reaching residents across the city or county. This data can show how many people are accessing different aspects of the service from phone advice and budgeting support to small grants and energy efficiency measures, as well as the demographic and geographic spread of help given. Feedback from these findings helps both us and our partners develop services, evidence the need for our work and make a case for future funding.
If you are interested in our data and mapping work, please get in touch.