About Democratic Dashboard

Democratic Dashboard seeks to make election data more open and accessible for everybody. We promote engagement in the electoral process by making an array of information on elections and constituencies more accessible and better tailored to your area.

Democratic Dashboard is currently run by Democratic Society, who work across Europe to connect citizens with the decisions that shape their lives. The Dashboard was first established by the Democratic Audit, based in the London School of Economics.

Data can be downloaded here: data.

Please note: this site is focussed on scheduled elections, it does not currently list all by-elections or information about town, parish and community councils. We are also currently unable to display some results at a local level, see details below.

FAQs

Can I access the data you use?

​Yes. Data can be downloaded here: data.

What does the Democratic Dashboard do?

The Democratic Dashboard brings together a wide range of data to provide easy-to-understand information about UK elections tailored to your area. We hope to act as a stable resource of accessible information for future UK elections in the coming years. To keep updated with everything new on the site, you can follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

How does the Dashboard work?

Using the Dashboard is easy. Simply put your postcode or area into the search box on the home page, and you will instantly get information on the upcoming elections, candidates and political make-up of your area. If you want to look at a different area, simply search again or drop the pin to another place on the map.

Why was the Dashboard created?

The Dashboard was created to make it easier for people to quickly find out about their local elections and candidates on their mobile, tablet or computer. This information has never been kept in one easy-to-access place before. We hope to play a part in using the digital environment to help connect people with their local democratic process again by filling the significant information gap.

When this site was set-up, the UK had the lowest rate of electoral participation by young people in the OECD, yet evidence shows that if people do vote at their first opportunity, they are likely to continue to vote throughout their lives. We hope the Dashboard will help engage and empower the digital generation to make a difference through the ballot box.

Who runs the Dashboard?

Democratic Dashboard is currently run by Democratic Society, who work across Europe to connect citizens with the decisions that shape their lives. We work with a range of partners and volunteers across the democratic and civil society sector to reliably source the data that populates the Dashboard.

The Dashboard was first established by a separate organisation - the Democratic Audit - in 2015.

You can find contact information for the team below.

Are you affiliated with or funded by any political party or organisation?

Democratic Society, who runs the Dashboard, is an independent and nonpartisan organisation. We work across Europe to connect citizens with the decisions that shape their lives. We work with and receive funding from political parties for projects unrelated to Democratic Dashboard. You can find out more about how we are funded on our website.

We work with a range of partners and volunteers across the democratic and civil society sector including Democracy Club, to reliably source the data that populates the Dashboard. The Dashboard is politically neutral.

How do I know I can trust the information you are providing?

From 2015 - 2020, the information used on the Dashboard has been put together by a team of community and civil society researchers and election experts working with the Democratic Audit in the London School of Economics.

Democratic Society has recently taken on the operation of the Dashboard and is continuing to work with a range of partners across the democratic and civil society sector (such as the Democracy Club) to reliably source the data that populates the Dashboard.

If you believe any piece of information in the Dashboard is incorrect, please contact the team.

Where does our data come from and how is it used?

Setting up this site has involved collecting a range of data on UK democracy from a variety of sources, including the Electoral Commission, the Office for National Statistics, the House of Commons Library, the Greater London Authority, Electoral Office of Northern Ireland, Scottish Government, along with the work of other academics. Our data is available for use by researchers, journalists and anyone interested in elections.

Democracy Club are an important source of data used on this site; this data has been reformatted by our team for use on the site. Some data has also been gathered by our team from official sources.

I would like to use some of your data for news coverage, on my blog or in my report. Can I?

Yes, but please let us know you are doing it and give us a credit. The Dashboard was set up to increase access to election information, so we’re happy for anyone to use our stats or our datasets. Please contact us to let us know what you would like to use.

It’s really helpful for us if we can track the reach of the Dashboard and what impact it is having, so please do link back to the site and let us know if you use our information.

What data do you list, and what don’t you list?

This site is based around scheduled elections. We don’t list all individual by-elections (elections that happen when a seat becomes vacant outside the usual election cycle). However some by-elections are included, usually where these coincided with scheduled elections.

We don’t list any information about town, parish and community councils.
Through ‘Your ward’ pages we display ward level results for district councils, metropolitan boroughs and unitary councils (and the Council of the Isles of Scilly and City of London Corporation). We are not currently able to list results for individual county council electoral districts. We are also not able to list wards where boundaries have recently changed.
On ‘Local Council’ pages we display local election result totals at a local authority-wide level. We only list areas with scheduled elections, though by-elections which happened alongside are included within these results.

Some details shown vary between elections. For example, a measure of marginality was included in some historic results, but is no longer used for current elections.
For more information find our Guide to Data on the Data section of this site.

I still have questions, how can I find out more?

The Dashboard team are very happy to discuss the site and answer any questions. Please contact us at hello@demsoc.org and we’ll respond as quickly as we can.