Department for Communities and Local Government and Informed Solutions celebrate Civil Service Award for the Places Database

December 03, 2008 -- Communities and Local Government’s (CLG) innovative knowledge management programme, the Places Database, has been awarded the Whitehall and Westminster World Civil Service Award for Knowledge Management and Analysis.

The awards are an annual showcase for innovation and improvement in the Civil Service, which this year saw over 700 entries across 13 categories. The winners were announced at an awards ceremony held at Lancaster House in London, on the evening of Wednesday 26th November 2008, with Gordon Brown in attendance.

Developed by CLG in partnership with Informed Solutions, ‘Places’ is a national geographic data warehouse that integrates community-related knowledge and a wide range of statistics around the concept of place. This rich source of information is a treasure trove for the general public, policy analysts, and delivery partners alike and is made available through a family of easy to use websites and services.

The award represents an acknowledgment at the highest level of the innovative and effective way in which CLG and Informed Solutions have worked to create the strategy for and deliver the Places programme, establishing a clear vision which places robust evidence and analysis at the heart of the decision making process and drawing information from inside and outside of government to influence policy development and deliver better results.

Permanent Secretary Peter Housden commended the winners by saying: "Congratulations to everyone involved. I am delighted that their hard work has been recognised with fully deserved awards”, whilst Deputy-Director David Fry, Head of the Geographical and Statistical Evidence Division at CLG, said: “We are thrilled to have won this prestigious award, which is the result of an excellent collaborative partnership we maintain with our supplier Informed Solutions”.

Seth Finegan, Director of Consulting Services at Informed Solutions said: “We are delighted for CLG that the value of the ‘Places’ approach has been independently recognised. Places is a Government IT success-story that has its roots in the development of creative strategy, the delivery of innovative solutions, and a genuinely collaborative working partnership.”

The Places Database and related websites can be found at

Informed Solutions is Europe’s foremost independent consultancy in geographic and location based decision support systems and a leading Specialist Systems Integrator (

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