What is POPGROUP?
POPGROUP is a suite of demographic software developed to generate population, household, labour force and other derived projections for specified geographical areas and/or population groups. Forecasts can be made using a variety of data inputs and assumptions. Current populations can be estimated and future populations forecast, with detailed age and sex composition.
POPGROUP provides the UK standard for local area demographic analysis and forecasting, complementing the approaches used by the UK statistical agencies, the Office for National Statistics (ONS): the National Records of Scotland (NRS), the Welsh Government (WG) and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).
POPGROUP is used by analysts and planners in both the public and private sectors, and in academia for research and teaching purposes.
History of POPGROUP
POPGROUP was originally developed as a collaborative initiative in 1990s, sponsored by a small number of UK local authorities. Professor Ludi Simpson led the design and development of the original POPGROUP suite. The product suite has continued to develop since its inception.
In 2010, the ownership of and responsibility for the administrative management and development of the POPGROUP suite of products was transferred to the Local Government Association (LGA), in collaboration with a POPGROUP Steering Group. Edge Analytics was commissioned to provide technical and sales support to this new arrangement.
From 1st January 2015, Edge Analytics is responsible for managing, developing and distributing POPGROUP products under licence from the LGA/Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA), which continue to own the software.