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South west observatory

South West Observatory

“better information, better understanding,

better decisions.”

Dr Ray Perrins

Research Analyst

01823 447390

South west observatory

South West Observatory

A Network of experts sharing resources and working towards a common vision that all policy and decision making in, and about, the region and its parts is based on sound evidence

Mission: to be the automatic first port of call for intelligence about the region and its parts

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South West Observatory

  • Core Unit Team:

  • Managing Director

  • Network Coordinator

  • Information Management Officer

  • Resources Manager

  • Administrator

  • Local Economic Assessment Evidence Coordinator


  • Based in Taunton

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South West Observatory

  • Objectives:

  • Promote the best use of good evidence in policy and decision making in and about the region.

  • Enable a shared understanding of the region and its parts

  • Maintain and develop a well functioning intelligence network across the region that enhances the work of all its members.

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South West Observatory

We aim to achieve this by:

  • Sharing expertise

  • Joint working

  • Improving access to, and understanding of, information

  • Promoting awareness of the intelligence function, the network and its services

South west observatory new web resources
South West ObservatoryNew Web Resources

  • Data Releases: Currently drawn from ONS data. Can subscribe to receive RSS feeds. Add your own releases - contact Andy Dunne at SWO Core Unit for further information and to register as a web user.

  • Government Office SW (with help from the ONS Regional Team in the South West), have revised the Local Authority Mid-2008 Interactive Population Tool.

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State of the South West

Population and Migration


Labour Market

Skills and Learning

Transport and Communication


Environment and Natural Resources

Public Health


Social and Welfare

Government and Politics

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State of the South West

Issues and Priorities

Key Data


Lots of data!

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State of the South West





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South West Observatory

Network Projects

Regional State of the Environmentreport:

  • 17 organisations involved

  • Focussed round SW Regional Environment Network environmental priorities

    Culture/Tourism Project:

  • Identified gaps in knowledge. Actions to help ‘plug’ the gaps:

  • ONS Regional presence generated comparable indicative subregional

    counts for seven subdomains of culture.

  • Mosaic/tourism work in N. Somerset. Details circulated around

    network for comment.

  • Existing research for the sector summarised and circulated by

    Culture Module

  • Data available from SW Tourism summarised by SW Tourism.

  • Network to add to this where they know of additional work.

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South West Observatory Seminar Series

  • Population5th November, Shire Hall, Gloucestershire

  • Land and Food8th December, Larkbeare, Exeter

  • Energy 26th January 2010, Plymouth Pavilions

  • Skills for the Future 24th February 2010,GOSW, Bristol

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South West Observatory Conference 2010

“Health, wealth and happiness: what makes a prosperous region”

31st March 2010

County Cricket Ground, Taunton