The Norfolk Investing in Communities (IiC) partnership was appointed by the County Strategic Partnership management group to manage the 10 year IiC programme across the County. One question to emerge from the Norfolk IiC partnership was ‘how can the Norfolk IiC partnership ensure that rural areas and communities receive their fair share of resources?’
The Norfolk County Strategic Partnership commissioned OCSI to develop innovative ways of measuring and highlighting deprivation in rural areas. The project aimed to redress the limitations of existing standard data sources for measuring rural deprivation, particularly at the small-area level. The work focused on 4 main areas:
This work has provided the framework for subsequent work on profiling rural communities and settlements, as well as identifying rural deprivation issues not picked-up by datasets such as the Index of Multiple Deprivation.