I Heart My City
Delib set out to create a map-based visualisation of the correlation between historical council spending and quality of life metrics, to reveal in a personal, localised way, the good work the council does to improve Bristol’s residents’ lives.
Using a selected set of Happiness Performance Indicators (HPIs) representing spending areas (e.g. parks, greening initiatives, child care, sanitation, maintenance), the map was intended to display what goes on at a hyper-local level. It aimed to transform the public’s relation to spending data through the use of positive language, friendly design and simple, social interaction.
Acquiring hyper-local data that correlated to Council spending proved tricky, so during development, the project evolved into a data visualisation that compared Council spend across the then newly formed Local Enterprise Partnership, including Bath, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Bristol.
The project threw up some interesting questions about accessibility of open data and a need for consistency of captured sets across different Councils. These are conversations Delib have continued beyond the end of the scheme.