A good deanery plan will take account of first-hand local knowledge, but also be informed by good use of data. A whole range of statistics may be relevant. Some sources are listed on this page, but some major datasets have their own dedicated pages:

Census Data

The Church of England Research and Statistics Unit have mapped the 27 March 2011 census data onto parish boundaries. The data remains the best we have until the next census, but it has not been updated as parish boundaries have changed.

Deprivation Data

The ONS released new Index of Multiple Deprivation Data in September 2015. Again these have been mapped onto the parish boundaries as at 8th February 2016, and detailed analysis has been prepared for the Durham data.

The Church Urban Fund has been the ‘go-to’ source for deprivation data for many people. Their Poverty Lookup Tool and Poverty Map have been updated to reflect the new data, but their Diocesan Briefings are still based on 2011 data (as at 24 May 2016).

The IMD Explorer and the CUF Poverty Map offer similar views of the data. The CUF map has the advantage of displaying parish boundaries superimposed on the Lower Layer Super Output Area (LSOA) map. The IMD Explorer lacks parish boundaries, but allows more in-depth exploration of the different types of deprivation.

Statistics for Mission Data and Returns of Parish Finance

The data submitted via Statistics for Mission forms is compiled by the Research and Statistics Unit annually and is available for dioceses and parishes to use. The validated data for 2015 has just been released in October 2016, and will be available in due course via new parish and deanery dashboards. For the time being, the key data has been brought together in a similar format to 2014, in a combined file with data from the Returns of Parish Finance. A page of notes is included to aid interpretation.

Please note that not a small minority of parishes do not make a Statistics for Mission return, and not all make a Return of Parish Finance – some parishes provide one, but not the other. This means the data sets are nearly complete, but not 100%.

  • 2015 core data from Statistics for Mission and Returns of Parish Finance
  • 2014 core Statistics for Mission data
  • 2015 Statistics for Mission – all data in raw format
  • 2015 Returns of Parish Finance – all data in raw format
  • 2014 Statistics for Mission – all data in raw format

Social Mobility Data

In January 2016, the government’s Social Mobility Commission released a report and a set of data looking at Social Mobility. The report compares the chances for children from poorer backgrounds doing well at school, finding a good job and having a decent standard of living. The ONS data is at local authority level, which means that we have more detail in the north and the south of the diocese where there are several smaller LAs.

A separate (and similar) piece of work by the Sutton Trust was published in 2015. The Sutton Trust produced its data at parliamentary constituency level, and a mapping tool is provided. The measures are similar, but slightly simpler.

Data on Loneliness Among Older People

AgeUK have produced a useful report on loneliness affecting older people, using data from the English Longitudinal Study on Ageing. There is an accompanying mapping tool. On the first level map, zoom and click on a local authority. A new map will open providing detail down to LSOA level.

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