Case studies

Innovation in local government is about improving the lives of the people in our communities. Browse through our case studies to see the many innovative programmes councils are involved in.

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Open data: Leeds Data Mill

A look at how the Leeds Data Mill (LDM) has developed and how it links to and supports the strategic development of the council in terms of using data to address the challenges and issues the city is facing.

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Open data: Norfolk County Council enhanced data spend

Norfolk County Council (NCC) is creating new insights in its procurement by redesigning how it publishes procurement and contracting data using an accessible interactive dashboard.

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Open data: North Somerset customer information portal and historic tourism data

Tourism is an increasingly important contributor to North Somerset's economy and this case study highlights how open data is enhancing the visitor experience to the area.

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Tackling the air quality issue through open data

Sheffield City Council collaborated with the Better with Data Society to deliver a programme of co-design activities to engage local people with data and use it to better understand and tackle the issue of air quality in the city.

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Open data: Trafford Innovation and Intelligence Lab

The Trafford Innovation and Intelligence Lab is using open data in a variety of innovative ways to analyse and visualise what is happening in the local area.

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Taxi! Walsall Council's service for cabbies

Project context About 1,500 people, predominantly men from Asian backgrounds, work as taxi drivers in Walsall. Research carried out for the project found that drivers faced a range of health and social problems. Drivers are often self-employed with extended family commitments. They tend to work long hours with busy periods over Christmas and Easter.

Harnessing community power in public health

This research briefing is for practice for services interested in involving members of the public in the delivery of public health programmes. It has been created by the People in Public Health research team at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Carnegie Weight Management, NHS Peterborough

Project context Carnegie Weight Management (CWM) concentrates on a new service commissioned by NHS Peterborough as part of its response to increases in childhood obesity. The city currently has one of the highest childhood obesity rates for Year 6 children.