Below you will find some useful information about Norfolk Insight and answers to questions that we’re regularly asked. If you have any other questions or would like to find out more please do get in touch.

What is Norfolk Insight?

Norfolk Insight is a locality-focused information system providing data and analysis for neighbourhoods in Norfolk and Waveney. By empowering you with up-to-date knowledge of local communities, Norfolk Insight provides the evidence-base you need to make better informed decisions to improve services and localities.

How can it help me?

You can use it to:

  • Explore data to better understand the population of Norfolk and Waveney
  • Access up-to-date data for service planning and delivery
  • Understand the health and wellbeing needs of the people of our county
  • Access data to evidence investment and funding in the community you work
  • Create themed area reports from local neighbourhoods to local authorities
  • Explore data visually through our map explorer
  • Export maps, data and charts to use in your own reports or presentations
  • Help you with research in your academical studies
  • Find out information about the area you live, such as house prices or crime levels
  • And more besides!

Who can use it?

Norfolk Insight can be used by anyone. Whether you require data to evidence investment or funding in the community you work, or are interested in house prices and crime levels in the area you live, anyone with an interest in better understanding their communities can benefit from using the site.

Where does the data come from?

Norfolk Insight contains over 5,000 indicators that are all from open data sources – such as Office for National Statistics (ONS), Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Public Health England and other sources.

How up-to-date is the data?

Data is routinely refreshed to ensure the site is kept up-to-date – View data updates

The currency and age of the data will depend on its source, for example crime data is issued each month, population estimates are released annually and are a year behind when issued, whilst the census is undertaken every 10 years with the most current data from 2011.

When viewing data, you can access metadata to find out when the data was last published and what its update frequency is.

What geographies are available?

We currently support the following geography levels:

  1. Upper-tier local authority (County)
  2. Sustainability and transformation partnership (STP)
  3. Clinical commissioning group (CCG)
  4. Lower-tier local authority (District)
  5. County electoral division
  6. Middle-layer super output area (MSOA)
  7. Ward
  8. Lower-layer super output area (LSOA)

How do I access the interactive maps?

Interactive maps are available by theme. You can access the maps from anywhere on the site by using the ‘Data Toolbox’ on the menu bar. Hover over ‘Data Toolbox’ then ‘Map Explorer’ and select the theme of interest.

Alternatively, select a theme of interest from the quick links below to launch the map explorer:

How do I access the area reports?

Area reports are available by theme. You can access the reports from anywhere on the site by using the ‘Data Toolbox’ on the menu bar. Hover over ‘Data Toolbox’ then ‘Area Reports’ and select the theme of interest.

Alternatively, select a theme of interest from the quick links below to launch the area report:

Can I share and reuse the data on Norfolk Insight?

Yes, we would encourage you to share and reuse the data. Reproduction of information is subject to the terms of the Open Government Licence

Can I export maps, charts and tables?

Yes, data can be exported from the area reports, map and data explorer in spreadsheet format (csv). Area reports can be exported to PDF, whilst maps offer an export to PDF or image file. Charts can be copy-pasted into documents or saved as an image file.

You must use the following copyright statements when you reproduce or use the maps:

  • Contains National Statistics data © Crown copyright and database right 2018
  • Contains OS data © Crown copyright and database right 2018

What is the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment?

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 requires local Health and Wellbeing Boards to be responsible for the production of a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) for their area. Enabling them and others to understand the health and wellbeing needs of their area. The Health and Wellbeing Boards Strategy is built on the needs identified within the JSNA.

The JSNA is used…

  • to inform the Health and Wellbeing board and their strategy
  • to provide information from a central resource for commissioners and funding bids
  • to provide demographics and information for various population levels or need profiles

Norfolk’s JSNA provides a picture of the health and wellbeing of the people of our county and the issues which affect their needs, inequalities and services, aiming to inform and improve their health and wellbeing.