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Integrated Needs Assessment

Durham Insight website Durham Insight Community Mapping Tool is the shared intelligence, research and knowledge base for County Durham, informing strategic planning across Durham County Council and its partners. It provides users an easy way to access and share information, intelligence, research and knowledge for deeper insights about their local area or communities, and to inform strategic planning.

Durham Insight has been created as part of the continued transformation of the vision, scope and delivery of the County Durham Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA), and to further develop the Integrated Needs Assessment approach in County Durham. The result is a single portal for strategic analysis, insight and statistics about County Durham, that is fit for the future, drives local strategic priorities, informs local commissioning and is rooted in the changing intelligence about our population.

The site draws content and data automatically from different national sources in order to improve wider understanding of our place and people. The focus is to provide analysis that can be used to 'make a difference', to inform strategic planning and improve outcomes for County Durham residents. Themes include:

  • Population
  • Children and Young People
  • Crime and Community Safety
  • Deprivation and Poverty
  • Economy and Employment
  • Environment
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Housing.

It is an information sharing, mapping and reporting website that can be used by anyone. Information and data on this website can be used by local government, community and voluntary sector organisations, partnership members, businesses, students and the public. Data is available at varying sub county geographies including Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG's), wards, Super Output Areas, Area Action Partnerships and Family First Areas to name a few. Current content includes in depth Join Strategic Needs Assessment and Insight factsheets, Health Needs Assessments and Health Equity Audits, Department for Public Health Annual Reports, specific topic based landing pages with County Durham context, and embedded intelligence (eg Public Health England Fingertips, Local Government Inform), info graphics, maps and Story maps.

In addition to fulfilling our statutory obligations for needs analysis we are also committed to presenting a more joined-up evidence base supporting commissioning and policy development across all thematic partnerships of the County Durham Partnership.  

Overall, an Integrated Needs Assessment helps us to look at what has happened in the past, what is happening now and improves our understanding of what is likely to happen in the future. It is also about understanding what residents and people who use services think about the county and the services which help to promote health.

As we continue the transformation of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, our Integrated Needs Assessment approach and Durham Insight, we will be seeking views on the structure, content and format of the site and geographical level of data reporting and analysis to ensure that we have a comprehensive range of data to meet the planning and commissioning needs of the council and partners.

If you have any queries or need further information, please get in touch with us using the details on our contact us page .