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What is Surrey-i?

Surrey-i is a one-stop treasure trove of data, information, specialist reports, summary analysis and headline statistics, covering Surrey’s demographics (details about our population), our economy and public services.

Why should I use Surrey-i?

Evidence and information have always been important in planning, developing, improving and delivering effective local services and governance; and never has this been more the case than it is now. The content we provide can be used for a wide variety of purposes, for an overview of possibilities follow this link.

Why has Surrey-i been created?

Data used by public service organisations can effectively inform members of the public and councillors about local level numbers, rates and geographical locations for outcomes, events, demand and delivery in relation to the Services provided by the Local Authorities and Organisations within the County. This empowers communities to hold their local authorities and public organisations to account for what is happening and encourages active citizenship through enabling informed involvement at a local level.

In addition, Surrey-i operates as a data exchange hub, enabling policy and research workers throughout the county to contribute and extract information whilst benefiting from the system’s tools for publishing reports, maps and charts.

Why does Surrey-i publish local data to the public at large?

Surrey public services are working together to share data to improve the provision of services in a local area to meet local community needs. The data produced by local public service organisations is effectively paid for by tax payers or philanthropists and much of it is not personal, or sensitive, and is subject to freedom of information requests. Rather than wait for individual freedom of information requests, Surrey-i takes a pro-active approach and publishes as much public data as possible for everyone to use and re-use. Surrey-i:

Provides more information to communities about their local area;
Enables better engagement between local authorities, partners and public;
Encourages and enables citizens to actively contribute and/or be involved in local decision making.

What do the rates mean?

Where shown, rates are usually per 1,000 head of population during the particular time period. Rates may also be per 1,000 households for some datasets such as ‘Burglary’ but this will be clearly shown where it applies. European Standardised Rates are per 100,000 head of population and are utilised by Health datasets.

What about Data Protection?

The Local Authorities and their Partner Agencies are satisfied that Surrey-i has considered the data protection issues in relation to mapping and that there are sufficient safeguards in terms of protecting the identity of victims of crime and fire. Surrey-i will continue to seek advice from Local Authority and Partner Agency Data Protection Officers as the site continues to be developed.

Surrey-i is bound by the Data Protection Act and Human Rights Act. Surrey-i is not allowed to publish data that may inadvertently identify a living individual with that data; to do so would be in direct contravention of these Acts. The Surrey-i user group consists of Local Authority and Partner Agencies’ representatives who ensure full compliance with legislation governing which and in what form data can be released.

Who runs Surrey-i ?

Surrey-i is a partnership initiative and is dependent on the support, contributions and involvement of the following partners:

The Surrey-i Central Team is funded by Surrey County Council and is responsible for system, content and user management as well as coordinating the contributions and involvement of partners through the following governance groups:

Confidence Intervals (LCL & UCL)

When you state the average, this is called a “point estimate”, and it is usually the most believable answer.

When you state a range of answers that are possible, it is called a “confidence interval”.

If a 95% confidence interval is from 1 to 10 you are saying that “you are 95% certain that the true answer is in that range … somewhere”.

While that average is the best estimate, you are saying that even the most extreme answers are possible — though much less likely.

How far do you go on each side of the average to form this confidence interval depends on how confident you want to be. This is your choice, at any rate, the further you go on each side, the more likely you are to be right

Where can I find further data/information?

Surrey-i is not the only website offering data and information about communities in the County, although it is unique in providing consistent neighbourhood level analysis and being able to compare on a wide range of topics across the region. Many other bodies have their own websites that offer further detailed data information service about topics they deal with.

If Surrey-i doesn’t have the data or information you are looking for take a look at our useful links page.