Following a review of our work and impact, Staff and Trustees at Lincolnshire Community Foundation (LCF) decided to create a tool to use alongside local knowledge and intelligence to inform our future grant making and place shaping work across Greater Lincolnshire. We decided to commission one of our partners, Sortified CIC, to build a bespoke place-based data package and to this end the Lincolnshire Visual Intelligence System (LVIS) was born! This unique interactive data visualisation tool can determine existing and emerging needs in local communities across Greater Lincolnshire at street level, will assist in highlighting local issues and be used to influence future investment, identifying what and where funding and/or interventions could create the biggest positive impact in local communities.
Organisations, partner agencies and Local Authorities were invited to a preview of how LVIS works earlier this year, and received positive feedback including:
“Really clear presentation and appears to be user friendly. Also good to be able to focus on local authority areas and even down to LSOA areas” and I liked how it can draw down to street / area level. This will indeed help with structuring projects that meets the most need.
We are now pleased to announce that LVIS is freely available to any organisations wishing to interrogate where there are local or countywide needs. The platform can be accessed via our website www.lincolnshirecf.co.uk/LVIS.
LCF determined 14 key priorities (health & wellbeing, poverty, social isolation, barriers to transport, crime etc) based on 20 years grant making experience. Over 70 different sources and more than 1000 lines of data have been used to create LVIS.
Sue Fortune, CEO, Lincolnshire Community Foundation said “Having developed this bespoke dataset, we felt it only right to make the platform available more widely, particularly to voluntary sector partners. It represents a milestone in identifying existing and emerging needs across the County.”
Rich Collins, Sortified’s Creative Director said “It’s great the community sector across Greater Lincolnshire will be able to use LVIS for free and that community organisations use the data and information to ensure they can target their amazing support towards the people and the communities that need it most. Well done to LCF for sharing LVIS with everyone, and we are really proud to be part of such a cracking piece of work in Lincolnshire.”