Research, data and analysis for social good

We combine expertise in research and technology to support organisations working for social good to make evidence-based decisions

Local Insight

Local Insight is OCSI’s web-based platform that provides instant access to place-based neighbourhood level data for the areas that matter most to you.

With a subscription to Local Insight you can:

  • Feel confident that your team are using the most up-to-date data available
  • Define your neighbourhoods and areas exactly as theyare
  • Easily map, compare and report on your communities
  • Share information seamlessly across your organisation and with your partners

Local Insight isn’t just software. Our team of expert researchers are here to provide you with full support in understanding and interpreting the data.

Learn about Local Insight

Research services

Our team are experts in neighbourhood level data. We:

  • Apply our knowledge and understanding of neighbourhoods to your organisation
  • Bring together the strategic big picture as well as the local detail
  • Identify important issues and patterns from large datasets
  • Produce evidence-based, robust measures of need

We work with charities, local authorities, grantmakers and more.


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Left behind neighbourhoods

During our ongoing work with Local Trust, OCSI has developed a quantitative measure of left behind neighbourhoods, using open data.

This meant creating a Community Needs Index, which provides a unique perspective on local needs by focusing on the social and cultural factors that can contribute to poorer life outcomes in communities.

Our research on left behind neighbourhoods suggests that when deprived areas lack places to meet, an engaged community and proper connectivity, they fare much worse than other deprived neighbourhoods.

Read about Left behind neighbourhoods