MA Data Visualisation catalogue
An experimental design brief was developed in 2019-20 by the Redesign Youth Futures partners, in collaboration with the MA Data Visualisation course at University of the Arts London. It asked students to visualise data so that we can understand the relationships between the underlying causes of youth violence. The brief explored new ways of showing data, helping us see how these contributing factors have an impact on local and national policy decision making.
The catalogue shows the early and experimental student work created in response to the brief. It intends to reveal possibilities (rather than final outcomes) for visualising this data.
Changes in youth service funding by London borough
This project focuses on the possible connection between declining funding for local youth services and increasing incidents of violence and knife crime involving young people in London (London Assembly, 2019). The change in each of these values is visualised over time, to understand if a connection, correlation or causal relationship between the 2 could be evidenced. Information is organised by borough. While, in some areas, there does appear to be a connection between the 2 measures – as a number of qualitative sources claim (London Borough of Camden, 2018) – this cannot be seen throughout the group, indicating a London-wide, rather than a borough-level, response to this issue might be more appropriate.
Mental health and well-being and access to services
This project encourages the audience to look beyond a solely quantitative understanding of the issue of knife crime and youth violence – based in measures such as the number of incidents or other statistics – to focus instead on the lived experience of some young people affected by this issue. The outcome proposes an installation that allows users to engage with individuals’ stories and, also, consider these in the context of declining service provision during the recent period of government austerity, which has affected the funding of many local services such as health and social care.
Early intervention and alternative provision
A 2019 report from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology highlighted that ‘the Serious Violence Strategy, the cross-party Youth Violence Commission (YVC), the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Knife Crime, and the charity Barnardo’s suggest that young people excluded from mainstream education are at greater risk of youth violence’ (Houses of Parliament, 2019). This interactive web-based outcome focuses on the costs of school exclusions, drawing on research by the Early Intervention Foundation (2018), and highlights some other ways this money could be spent – within mainstream education – as a preventative, rather than a punitive measure.