Insights just got better

By Mary-Kathryn Adams, Deputy Chief Executive - on 23/07/2019

We’ve made a number of improvements to Community Insight that will help you get the data you need – even quicker and easier than before – to inform decisions and maximise investment in your local community.

Create your own dashboard

The dashboard is a great way of comparing multiple indicators at the same time. Previously, you were restricted to one dashboard per organisation.

Now you can create as many custom dashboards as you like, as often as you want. Each user in your organisation can have their own dashboard.

This means that housing officers working in different neighbourhoods can tailor their dashboard to the indicators that are relevant to their patch. And every community investment professional in your organisation can create a dashboard that’s focused on their particular area of work, whether that’s employment, health or loneliness.

Better data source visibility

Previously users had to switch from the dashboard to the map view in order to see the source of data. We’ve improved that as well.

Now, when you look at a specific set of indicators in the dashboard, you’re also able to see the data source. Click on the indicator header, hover over an individual data value, and you’ll see the source of the data.

With more insight at your fingertips, you’ll be able to critically analyse the relevance, source and timeliness of the data, so you can put together a business case for a new initiative using the most relevant and up-to-date evidence.

Generate tailored data exports

There are a number of ways you can export data from your Insight tool. Now, you can export from the dashboard as well.

This means you can download the data you need for the selection of areas and indicators you have chosen. So, if you want to create some charts to help your presentation to the Board, or send the data to a colleague, try out the data export function to save time.

Use comparators locally, regionally and nationally

When you’re developing a new community investment initiative, it’s critical to understand how a local area compares against other areas on a range of different indicators.

The dashboard now includes the England value as standard, so you can quickly and easily see how your local area fares by comparison to the national indicator. You can also set up custom areas to use as a comparison to your local area.

And if you want to see whether we know of any relevant examples of best practice, contact the Centre for Excellence in Community Investment or join our LinkedIn group and ask the question yourself.

We’re really excited about the new functionality on the dashboard. If you want to talk about any of the new features with us, or discuss training opportunities, please get in contact.

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