Insight e-bulletin March 2020

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Insight e-bulletin March 2020

In this issue:

Coventry Marmot City Evaluation 2020

Source: Alice Munro, Public Health Specialty Registrar, for the Institute of Health Equity

It has been ten years since the publication of the Marmot Review, and six years and counting since Coventry became a Marmot City. The Coventry Marmot City Evaluation 2020 evaluates Coventry's application of the Marmot Review’s six policy objectives.

The review illustrates Coventry’s challenges against a backdrop of growing demand on services and worsening austerity. Despite the Marmot Review’s recommendation of increasing investment in tackling health inequalities, austerity has made its implementation more difficult. Despite efforts to protect services, non-statutory services are particularly affected.

The evaluation points out that, while changes in population indicators cannot wholly be attributed to the Marmot approach, there are positive early signs of narrowing health inequality and falling levels of relative deprivation, as respectively evidenced by Coventry’s life expectancy figures and its relatively improved ranking in the Index of Multiple Deprivation. However, inequalities in early years outcomes are widening in Coventry. On a strategic level, Coventry has demonstrated increased partnership working; better alignment of priorities across the Council, local organisations and communities; and an improved consideration towards inequalities and proportionate universalism in decision-making.

On reflection, more can still be done. The report gives suggestions for improvement such as linking the digital strategy to Marmot indicators and including more measures of inequality in health or income; strengthening public engagement regarding decision-making and conversations about inequality; seeking ways to monitor the quality of partnership working; developing a stronger framework of accountability among partners; and engaging more with other local authorities that are also adopting the Marmot approach.

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) – Mini data profiles and Engagement opportunity

Source: Insight, Coventry City Council

Following the publication of the citywide JSNA profile and five out of eight place-based JSNA profiles, the Insight team is working on the final three JSNAs, namely Aspire, Park Edge, and Pathways.

Each place-based profile aims to paint a picture of life in that family hub area, through the lenses of demographics and communities; education and employment; housing, environment, and feelings of safety; and health and wellbeing.

Mini data profiles for Aspire, Park Edge, and Pathways were recently published. They include figures for population, deprivation, life expectancy and community safety. However, voices from residents and local organisations, which is one of the key components of the JSNAs, is lacking.

Engagement is under way to help turn the mini profiles into full-length ones. Traditional engagement workshops are on hold due to Covid-19, but online participation is now open on Let's Talk. If you live or work in Coventry, please set up an account and share your views on the website. For more opportunities to shape these profiles, please email the Insight team.

Facts about Coventry refresh

Source: Insight, Coventry City Council

Facts about Coventry, a collection of Insight-run Council web pages, has recently undergone a refresh. The refresh was initiated in response to the need for automated updates and for better curated content to address readers' most frequent queries.

Click on the boxes in the dashboard to browse tailored indicators and resources by theme. To explore a wider range of figures, use the citywide intelligence hub. A social media tab has also been added to help readers follow the Insight team's latest activities and take part in consultations outside of these monthly e-bulletins.