Powerful new digital hub launches to underpin policy making and investment in the Midlands

Date posted: July 21, 2021
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Launching today [21 July], the Intelligence Hub from the Midlands Engine Observatory provides a single, interactive portal for a wealth of up-to-the-minute pan regional data, research and expert insights – a unique tool to inform decision making around key investments and policy formulation for economic and social benefit in the Midlands.

An important part of Midlands Engine Observatory’s continuing work to grow and deepen the evidence base relating to issues impacting the Midlands economy, the Intelligence Hub puts the power of data and research at the fingertips of diverse private and public sector partners from across the region, including central and local Government.

By providing up-to-date evidence and explaining the nuances and impact on the Midlands though academic insight, the Intelligence Hub offers multiple potential uses that can lead to:

  • Stronger business cases with the potential to secure greater investment for the region
  • Robust comparisons, benchmarking and forecasting to support policy recommendations
  • Evidenced regional impact insights to inform reactions to Government policy and lobbying
  • Better understanding of regional needs and opportunities to target investment for the widest possible economic and social impact

Key features of the Intelligence Hub include: new live and interactive data and Power BI dashboards; spatial visualisations; intelligence briefings; insight pieces from regional experts; and commissioned deep-dive research.

Professor Delma Dwight, Director of Midlands Engine Observatory:

“Through the insights offered in our in-depth think pieces and data, Intelligence Hub users will be able to shape policy and target investment for regional recovery and growth. Better understanding of the region’s successes and challenges will allow Midlands Engine partners to advocate for more equal growth and prosperity for our businesses and communities.”

The Midlands Engine Observatory is an alliance of leading academic researchers, and economic and industry experts, working together to deliver the regionally focused research and analysis partners and stakeholders need, for every part of the Midlands.

The Midlands Engine Intelligence Hub, will provide a single, interactive point of access to all the Observatory’s up-to-the-minute research and data, informing decision making around investment and policy formulation for the benefit of our partners and region.

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