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Exploring the use of smart phone reward programmes as a method of reducing levels of air pollution in the Berkshire area, through encouraging increased physical activity and sustainable travel

In Bracknell Forest and surrounding local authorities, levels of exercise are comparatively better than the regional and national average. Despite this, there are two key Public Health Outcome Indicators which have been identified as areas requiring improvement; air pollution and the percentage of adults who are walking for travel at…

Exploring the development of common standards and a regional open data platform in the West of England to support transparent and collaborative working on key regional strategic issues such as air quality, the climate emergency and economic growth.

The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) comprises three local authorities, Bristol City Council, Bath and North East Somerset Council, and South Gloucestershire Council. WECA has oversight of the regional transport, clean air and economic growth portfolio. In addition North Somerset is also consulted on many common policy areas. There…

Exploring citizens’ views on data use so that local government can secure public trust and maximise the value of data.

A recent Select Committee report concluded that “the Government does not understand citizen’s views on how their data should be used” (https://bit.ly/2k2U1P0). This knowledge gap problem exists at national, regional and local levels. Recent regulatory changes and high profile cases of data and privacy misuse has heightened public awareness, interest…

Prototyping an OpenCommunity Data Service model

Our OpenCommunity Discovery found significant duplication of effort and cost in the provision of community based service information in local areas, as well as significant challenges around interoperability and usability.  Our report estimates that substantial savings across 160 upper tier councils could be made if these issues were addressed, totalling…

Better signposting to non statutory services for adults

NHS Choices estimate that over the next 17 years more than 16 million of us will be over the age of 65. With less money available and increasing demand, adult social care services across the country are under increasing pressure. The most forward thinking councils are investing in early intervention…

Addressing low engagement in extracurricular activities by children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, by targeting inequalities of opportunity to reduce social, economic and employment barriers, and improve social mobility

At our discovery phase we delivered XP and XPlore: a small-scale project with 339 children and young people in 6 schools, living in areas of higher deprivation and low social mobility, with a higher concentration of children receiving free school meals (FSM); to understand what methods would increase their extra-curricular…

Exploring the opportunities to promote local employment, apprenticeships, volunteering and work experience for young people to enhance growth, personal development and social inclusion.

It is hard for young people to progress into the world of meaningful work. We know that young people struggle to find out about learning opportunities, on-the-job training and full/part time employment during their studies. It is also really hard for young people, and their support networks, to find out…

Local review of gaps and opportunities for loneliness prevention

Loneliness is a universal public health issue that   impacts health and wellbeing (Nyqvist et al., 2016) and generates more demand for social care and health services. The problem that this project seeks to address is a lack of understanding of how and where our council should deploy interventions. Within…

Work with me - an accessible online platform for people with LD and their support networks

There are many problems to solve when it comes to helping people with Learning Disabilities (LD) and / or additional needs find employment.  The particular problems we are trying to solve with this bid are – people with LD don’t always know what options are available to them after education…

Discovery into understanding citizen requirements to implement a Digital Privacy Policy

Digital ethics and privacy are growing concerns for individuals, organisations and governments. Consumers are increasingly aware their personal information is valuable and are demanding control. Organisations recognise the increasing risk of securing and managing personal data, and governments are implementing strict legislation to ensure they do. Consequently Digital ethics and…

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