"The OCSI Needs Measurement study was central to the Bedfordshire and Luton Investing in Communities business case to EEDA, resulting in £5M annual funding being awarded to support programmes across the County..." Jon Billington, IiC Coordinator, Bedfordshire and Luton Economic Partnership

"The OCSI study has helped the IiC Partnership move a long way forward, and has been highlighted by EEDA as a good example of measuring need. Key partners on the ground have found the research extremely informative, highlighting the deprivation issues facing Bedfordshire and Luton. The higher level recommendations were also very useful, both in initiating and shaping the IiC partnership discussions, and helping the partners develop a consensus on strategic priorities..." Kate McFarlane, Senior Executive, East of England Development Agency

"[OCSI's] report is very professionally put together and is going to be very useful for all organisations in years to come... a huge step forward in understanding the county's key deprivation datasets..." Margaret Melling, Demographics and Social Statistics, Oxfordshire County Council

"Working with OCSI allowed Oxfordshire County Council and the Oxfordshire Community Partnership to access someone with bang up-to-date knowledge of his field. This simply would not have been possible if we had tried to do it in-house. The work has underpinned a visioning process for the county-wide local strategic partnership..." Dave Waller, Manager, Strategic Policy and Economic Development Unit, Oxfordshire County Counci

"We were really pleased with the OCSI training session on the Data Tools package. Colleagues responded positively and really enjoyed the day. Thank you very much for your time and effort...." Sue Harvey, Corporate Performance, Lewes District Council

"The OCSI input has proved of considerable value, and the OCSI model is increasingly being used across the country...." John Dixon, Chief Executive, Norfolk Rural Community Council

"[OCSI's] work has enabled us to focus in excess of £110 million of commissioned services to where it is best understood they are needed...." Ian Redding, Head of Grants, London Councils

"We were very pleased with the positive approach OCSI took to working with us and the flexibility they demonstrated throughout this project, to fit with our requirements. I would recommend OCSI without any hesitation...." Jacinta Thorley, Chief Executive, South-East Rural Community Councils

"We have found the report and analysis extremely useful in our Accessibility Planning, helping us review and plan services for communities across Hertfordshire..." Judy Cameron-Rollo, Environment Department, Hertfordshire County Council

"Extremely pleased with the study, excellent and comprehensive presentations, kept fully informed of progress throughout, willingness to take on additional elements as the project progressed, clear understanding of the project brief and what we were looking for..." Michael Hellewell, Chief Executives Office, Rotherham MBC

"OCSI produced comprehensive and detailed analysis supported by a well-structured report and evidence base that fulfilled our remit. The research will enable not only Investing in Communities, our long-term funding programme, but will also be used in future by partner organisations across the county...." Debbie Akehurst, Programme Manager, Hertfordshire Prosperity

"OCSI produced succinct and targeted analysis to a tight deadline, clarifying the key areas requiring YJB funding. We commissioned this research to help us in our principal aim of preventing offending by children and young people under the age of 18...." Adam Spriggs, Youth Justice Board for England and Wales

"OCSI provided an invaluable source of robust evidence for the work Oxford City Council and its partners did in tackling social exclusion. OCSI paved the way for the data observatory now being established in the county. The mapping work has led to resources being reprofiled in the local authorities and primary care trust. After OCSI presented their data at a seminar, the city council voted in another £100,000 of resources for this work..." Julie Higgs, Children & Families in the Community Officer, Oxford City Council

"I was very impressed by the range and presentation of OCSI's Data Tools. My team will use the package for our Local Development Framework, which sets out the spatial planning strategy for the District Council area..." Lindsay Frost, Director of Planning & Environmental Services, Lewes District Council

"The Social Inclusion Indicators project was set up by Oxfordshire County Council working with partnership organisations. OCSI have been, and continue to be, key players throughout the project, pulling together key indicators and mapping them to the lowest level possible. OCSI researched all sources of data well, kept us informed, and met all deadlines for the project...." Sue Lygo, Public Health Information Team, South West Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust


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