The Localities project is a partnership between the Lab and Edinburgh Localities. We are currently in the first phase of the project, which explores priority challenges based on themes identified in the Locality Improvement Plans.
The question we are currently asking is how data can bring new insights to address these challenges and to scope out potential research projects. We have begun by specifying research challenges based on feedback from Localities at the ELL conference Developing Innovation Through Data in 2017. We are currently in conversations with Localities to assess which project ideas will be progressed.
In the next phase we will pair Localities with researchers who have expertise in these topics and can develop and deliver on these initiatives. Through the Living Lab method, we plan to provide solutions to improve services and deliver on Locality Improvement Plan priorities.