Understanding the careers cold spots – and a note on maps

This is a very interesting post by my colleague Jon Boys looking at what happens if you map various different data sources that look at economic and educational disadvantage.

Jonathan Boys

Before the Christmas break we (at the Careers & Enterprise Company) published the cold_spots_report_2016. This analysis allows The Careers & Enterprise Company to understand where more career support is needed and to direct our resources towards these areas.

Much of the hard work was done before I arrived in the initial development of the model in 2015 and this year the Institute for Employment Studies ran the updated analysis. I project managed and wrote some narrative around each of the data sources. It’s interesting, and I urge you to look at the exec summary.

In this blog I’m writing a note on the map, and how we use data to define abstract concepts.

Gif – cold spots (areas with the least cold spots removed first)


The gif shows the cold spots at Local Enterprise Partnership level and removes the warmest areas first in layers before building the map back…

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