This 2014 collection of short case studies demonstrates the value of small area census data, and advocates for retaining the method in the the 2021 Census.
The UK census produces detailed population data at a small geographical scale, and with high coverage. This provides a unique resource for understanding population characteristics and distributions in the UK.
In 2013, the ONS consulted on the future of population statistics. Proposals included survey-based approaches which would not support the same level of detail, and thus applications of the statistics which relied on small area data. The Society's response to the consultation advocated for the continued capture of small area data in the census.
As a further response, the Society worked with Professor David Martin of the University of Southampton to produce this selection of short case studies which demostrate the importance of small area data across a diverse range of applications.
CURDS and the Society convened policymakers, officials and researchers to discuss the May 2017 election of metro mayors.
Manchester City Council worked with Gaist to ensure it had the right data to secure additional investment for maintaining its highways network to support the city’s growth ambitions.
Mapping the magnetic properties of soils across England and Wales has assisted the Ministry of Defence in creating specifications for new mine detectors.
New technology for forecasting the effect of cold weather on roads has improved safety and reduced cost for councils.
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