How to use the Thriving Places Index

The Thriving Places Index (TPI) is a flexible tool which can add value to both existing work and new initiatives, in particular for local authorities and their partners, including local anchor organisations and the voluntary sector.

A new strategic framework for change

The TPI framework offers a new way to think about and change policy emphasis, in particular if you are seeking to move to a more interconnected model of local prosperity with wellbeing and fairness at its core. It’s a conversation starter and sense-making tool for stepping into this new measurement territory.

It enables you to:

If you are a two tier county council, then you can use our second tier scorecards to identify patterns of wellbeing across the districts in your area. Combined authorities can use the TPI to compare differences and similarities amongst member local authorities.

A practical and flexible tool

The TPI can also help you get beyond the conversation to TAKE ACTION, in the following ways:

Complementing other national data sets

The TPI can be used alongside the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD). The IMD offers an authoritative assessment of areas in the UK that experience deprivation. The TPI is not intended to replace the IMD but it offers a more asset based approach to comparing places. It helps identify thriving places, instead of focusing only on deficits.

The Local Conditions element of the TPI correlates strongly with the IMD, but there are divergences. These are often where the TPI uses more unusual, less mainstream indicators, for example, in the People and Community domain, or our Local Business indicator within Work and Local Economy. However the TPI can also pick up differences in relatively standard areas of policy such as learning, and physical and mental health. And of course, the Sustainability and Equality headline elements are distinctive to the TPI and can be used to map links between poverty and environmental issues.

A rich data resource

The TPI is at its heart a rich seam of data. That data has been brought together in such a way that supports researchers, academics and policy makers really dig into the complex factors that lead to thriving places. In order to produce the TPI in England, we collect raw data for all 62 indicators (44 for second tier LAs). This raw data then goes through a transformation process to arrive at 0-10 scores for the TPI scorecard. However we retain all the raw data and hold a raw data set for each of the 351 English local authorities.

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