Guidance on making a commitment

To help you write up your projects for your commitment, we’ve written 2 examples. Note that examples are about solving specific problems, or answering specific questions, rather than fixing organisational-wide problems. While the latter is vital, we believe that this community will benefit more from sharing smaller, specific case studies.

We’ve asked you to fill in 4 fields to explain what you’ll commit to. This will help us tag and display everyone’s commitment on our website soon.

Title: This should explain the specific problem you’re trying to solve, or project you’re developing, in just a few words. Pick a problem that others could learn from by reading about your project online
Partners: List the organisations you’ll work with to deliver your project
Mission: This should summarise what you hope to have delivered within a year of signing the Declaration, and indicate how you’ll do it
Impact: Explain to your peers how you think specific users will benefit from your project

Here are the examples we’ve made up to help understand what we’re looking for in a Declaration commitment.

 

Made-up example 1 from a local authority


Title

Using open-standard predictive analytics tools to identify teenagers at risk of dropping out of secondary school

Partners

Local police service, Department for Education and Neighbour Borough Council

Mission

We will create a step-by-step guide that any local authority could use to identify teenagers at risk of dropping out of secondary school. We will work out what data is required, how to access it safely, and which algorithms best identified at-risk teenagers. We also hope to test our assumed reasons for teenage school dropouts to inform better interventions in the future.

Impact

The project aims to reduce the number of teenagers dropping out of secondary school, saving councils money by wasting less on ‘stay in school’ campaigns, which currently don’t seem to be having a big impact in Made-up Metropolitan Borough Council.

 

Made-up example 2 from central government


Title

Creating a best practice guide or service pattern for administering older person’s concessionary travel applications

Partners

Local councils x, y, and z

Mission

To design a best practice way to administer older person’s concessionary travel pass applications. We’ll do this by researching how a number of councils currently deliver the service, and what their users need of the service. We’ll then use this research to inform a service pattern that any local authority could use to improve this service quickly and in line with the Declaration principles.

Impact

The aim of the service pattern is to cut the cost of putting applications for older person’s concessionary travel passes online. It will help councils that use the pattern to eliminate the unnecessary manual processing of applications and reduce the number of calls to contact centres, saving councils money.

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