Local Intelligence Networks (LINs) provide information and analysis on a range of topics as they relate to their local, sub-regional spatial areas. Each LIN is structured differently but they generally involve local partners in building an understanding of each sub region through a variety of intelligence resources.
The primary aim of the ten LINs is to ensure that organisations developing and implementing policy within the sub-regions are aware of, and make full and appropriate use of, the best available evidence. As such, LINs work to maintain and develop relationships with Local Partners, fostering a shared local understanding of the importance of evidence in policy-making.
Coming together under the Observatory banner with the thematic modules, they help build a picture of the region and its parts from a local perspective, and provide a conduit for raising local intelligence needs regionally, and for drawing down regional intelligence work locally.