Collaborate, share data, get better information on your low income households

Data can tell us what impact national and local policies are having on low income households and help us design better interventions for people who need them.

Reveal the poverty trends across your low income households via a self service dashboard. Track the prospects of households and see which of your support activities are working best. Identify people in danger of crisis before it hits. Plan and forecast strategic and operational activity proactively to prevent hardship.

The ability to drill-down from a local authority level to ward level, right down to individual households leads to better strategic decisions, and the ability to implement them operationally. Tracking households over time enables powerful predictive analysis, and can shows the impact of interventions over time.

Essex County Council recognises the potential benefits in safely sharing data across partner organisations. As such, subject to a interest from partners across Essex, Southend and Thurrock, it would seek to submit a business case to enable match fund the contribution of partners.


Examples of how a LIFT dashboard can help

Universal Credit

How Policy in Practice’s LIFT dashboard can help you support vulnerable households

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Discretionary Housing Payments

How Policy in Practice’s LIFT dashboard can help you spend your DHP money well

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Homelessness Prevention

How Policy in Practice’s LIFT dashboard can help you tackle homelessness

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Benefits of an Essex wide LIFT dashboard for all councils


See households that have limited engagement with, such as people in-work, private rented sector. View subgroups, such as those in arrears.


Time series analysis to spot trends and predictive analysis on where to target support effectively, for example those moving from ‘out of work’ to ‘in work’, what happens to households that change tenure and to people on fluctuating earnings.


See how individual and cumulative impacts of current and future reforms, including mitigating measures, will have on individual households now through to 2020.


Monitor the effectiveness of interventions and programmes which will aid understanding of what is and isn’t working. Generate evidence of where campaigns are having great success to aid additional funding, extensions or expansions.

Smart targeting

See up to date data in real time to target support to individual households or streets. Together with account forecasting this can help to proactively target support to people before they really need it.


Compare and dissect impacts by ward, vulnerable groups, tenure. Get powerful data for operational use and for strategic conversations.

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