Many in our community feel disengaged with the political process and very often don’t feel that they have the ability to influence change. This is in part down to the lack of information and relevant, accurate and trustworthy data without which it is difficult to form a deep understanding of an issue. We believe that although a lot of data is already produced by various sources, it is either too little, too dated or too difficult to find and interpret. Fundamental to Thrive’s strategy is the development of a data portal – managed by Data Miners – who will work with government and other partners to define and gather the exact information the community needs upon which to base their opinions and determine Thrive’s key priorities. If data is unavailable, we will measure it and we will facilitate informed and balanced debate with it!