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SWO organises regular events of interest to those working in research, analysis and policy-making. We also organise regular training days in using research to help inform policy-making.

To find out about any of our upcoming events click on the links below. To find out about other events taking place around the country and organised by partner organisations, click on the Full Event Calendar tab in the list below. Please email any questions about SWO events to
  • SWO Events 2012/13
  • SWO Training
  • Full Event Calendar
  • Regional Intelligence Group
  • Tell Us About Your Event
Over 2012/13 SWO ran a number of policy seminars coinciding with the release of Census 2011 data. These explored how Census data, together with other sources of information, might help inform decision making in relation to specific policy drivers.

Events from 2012/13

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In conjunction with Plymouth University we now offer various statistical training courses covering Introductory Statistics through to Detailed Survey Design.

Upcoming Training Sessions:

  • Introductory Statistics 
  • Detailed Survey Design

Watch this space for further courses 

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13 May 13 1 day How do we make a difference? [LARIA] Manchester
The Regional Intelligence Group (RIG) is open to the Observatory’s network of individuals and organisations working in data, research and analysis, who are keen to improve their effectiveness by working together and sharing ideas.

A quarterly themed meeting provides an opportunity to see presentations on new and ongoing work and to share news and ideas with RIG members through an information exchange. This is written up and disseminated here on the SWO website.

If you are interested in learning more about RIG, please email See presentations from the most recent RIG meeting
Are you hosting an event which you think the SWO network would be interested in? If you are and would like us to list your event on our events calendar, please email telling us what the event is about, where it will be held, whether it's free or not plus any other details which might be useful for those attending.

Please always include an email and, a web link offering more information and booking options.