Monday, Jun 14 2021
Local Data Repository

Local Data Repository

“Improving access to research data would have significant benefits
for research and society.”


The London Poverty Research Centre @ King’s hosts a database that is an accessible and robust source of local data, information and research about precarious work, poverty reduction, and mental health and housing in the London area. It is a central repository that features a self-service database that will enable decision-makers, service providers and citizens to more deeply understand poverty in London.


Through data-sharing agreements with the LPRC @ King’s, local organizations involved in the work of our focus areas provide aggregate data on many aspects of their programming, including:

  • Shelter visits
  • Withdrawal management usage
  • Outreach tracking
  • Educational program attendance
  • Meal programs and food bank usage
  • Housing rent rates
  • Information referrals
  • Referrals to medical or social services
  • Addictions statistics
  • Wait list numbers for access to services
  • Community kitchen gardens usage
  • Program evaluation outcomes

Read more about data-sharing here.

In addition to our data collection that is made possible through data-sharing agreements, we encourage Researchers and academics to contribute their research, or links to their research, to this database. Learn more about sharing research here.

Having a central repository where poverty-related data for London will provide many benefits to individuals, organizations, researchers and decision-makers, including:

  • Londoners have the language to describe poverty in London
  • Reporting on statistics on poverty in London for organizations and change-makers is consistent
  • Opportunities for collaboration can be identified
  • Trends across organizations can be identified
  • Duplication of research is avoided
  • Replication and verification of research results is enabled
  • Common indicators can be identified across organizations in order to move towards a shared measurement system
  • Londoners are able to receive information in accessible and understandable ways through knowledge translation provided by the LPRC @ King’s

Knowledge Translation (KT): is a systems approach to communication that transfers evidence-based knowledge from researchers, research centres, and organizations to intermediaries, practitioners, and end users who apply and utilize knowledge. Equally important, Knowledge Translation intentionally facilitates feedback mechanisms, so that the context, outcomes, and challenges experienced by intermediaries, practitioners, and end users informs researchers and knowledge generators in turn, in order to influence the questions they investigate, the solutions they prescribe, and the tactics they use to engage. (Source: London KT Network)

Interested in sharing your organizational data or research with the LPRC @ King’s? Contact our Manager at