We need to understand the needs of people living and working in the county; information about communities helps us identify priorities, set objectives, meet needs and monitor outcomes.
There are many sources of information and data about communities. Service and strategic Impact assessments will gain insight into people affected by policies and practices.
Some key sources of data for the County Council include:
- 2015 Community Insight
- Hear Me Too – results of the 2011 Community Needs Survey and Hear Me Too – Summary
- Community profiles
- Health and Wellbeing Profiles – including the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) which provides a strategic overview of key health inequalities and is underpinned by thematic Health Neds Assessments
- Hate Crime and Incident Reports (information is collated by the police)
- Information about the Devon County Council workforce is published at Staff Profile.
- Research and feedback obtained from partners in the voluntary and community sector including the Equality Reference Group
- Service user data is held by commissioners and service providers (for example, information about care needs), including information relating to school pupils
- Is Britain Fairer – A report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (published November 2015) which highlights inequalities and areas where the equality gap is closing. For more information see ‘National picture’ below.
We have tried to draw together the information we hold about Devon’s communities and you can find out more in our Fair for All equality strategy. Community profiles are available from pages 4 to 9, with further analysis of some of the challenges we face as a county council in respect of reducing inequalities are from page 27 onwards.
In 2010 the Equality and Human Rights Commission has published first triennial review called How Fair is Britain. It looks at the progress that society is making in relation to equality and human rights across a range of groups including low income groups. It reports on eight key areas:
- standard of living
- care and support
- power and voice
An update to the review was published in 2015, called Is Britain Fairer? For further information visit the Equality and Human Rights website.