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At the West Midlands Combined Authority, we have people across our directorates with research expertise. Our research and intelligence community brings them together, to share their expertise right across the authority. We can do this by bringing data together so that it is consistent and reusable. We can do this by having consistent techniques and tools for analysing data. And we can do this by improving how we communicate our findings using dashboards and interaction.  There are also researchers with specialist expertise right across the West Midlands. They are in our universities, in research centres, in businesses, in our charities, and in other public sector organisations. It is our role to use our position and influence to help create a thriving regional research ecosystem. That means investing in better connecting our research, intelligence, analysis and data. It also means helping to train and develop data literacy and data skills.

The links on this page set out the work of our research community.

Research Partners

Regional Evidence

The Eiu 600X348

Economic Intelligence Unit

City Redi 600X348

City-REDI – University of Birmingham

Midlands Engine 600X348 (1)

Midlands Engine Intelligence Hub – Midlands Engine

West Midlands Growth Company (1)

Key Facts – West Midlands Growth Company

ONS Logo

ONS Local & Subnational Data - Office for National Statistics

WMFS Logo (1)

Risk Explorer - West Midlands Fire Service

Local Evidence


Birmingham City Observatory – Birmingham City Council

Coventry SCL

Facts about Coventry – Coventry City Council

Dudley Canal Staycation 10 Digital

All About Dudley Borough – Dudley Council

Sandwell Acquatics (5)

Sandwell Trends – Sandwell Council

Solihullshoppingcentre Foodtruck

Story of Solihull – Solihull Council

Walsall Art Gallery

Walsall Insight – Walsall Council

Wolverhampton Metro Ext

WVInsight – City of Wolverhampton Council


NIHR Health Determinants Research Collaboration Coventry

Coventry Health Determinants Research Collaboration

West Midlands Secure Data Environment

West Midlands Secure Data Environment