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Discovery into the use of 3D data to join up the planning system with build standards and post occupancy services

Information gathered through the planning system operates as the gateway to development for residents, objectors and builders as well as a go to place for post occupancy information.  The quality and amount of the information currently prepared is often found lacking. Higher quality / more detailed information is prepared than…

Digital data protection impact assessment (DPIA) tool

Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) are a requirement of data protection legislation but are seen as an intensive and onerous process. We know a range of templates are currently used resulting in a complicated and fragmented approach particularly across partnerships. Challenges include that process are reliant on a small number of specialist staff…

Creating a common Digital Data Protection Impact Assessment to Ensure Organisational Compliance

Building on some of the successes of our previous Alpha phase project we plan to further develop our prototype Digital Data Protection Impact Assessment tool using the evidence base provided by conducting more in depth user research to ensure we are able to capture and articulate the benefits we know…

Common Data Model for Children's Services Statutory Returns

The problem: Every day, our Children’s Services Departments (CSDs) make key decisions deciding the future of vulnerable children without timely and relevant comparable data. Without this, they cannot accurately assess what works and what doesn’t or make well-informed commissioning decisions. Statutory returns processes specifically are very inefficient and cost-intensive. Although…

Housing Options for Older People

Local authorities have a duty to ensure that people can get the information and advice they need to make good decisions about care and support, including preventative measures such as attention to their home circumstances. Yet cost constraints, as well as lack of expertise, make this challenging. We want to…

Exploring error identification to improve data and evidence on children in care

Our discovery highlighted that keeping Looked After Children (LAC) data accurate is time-consuming and difficult. Consequently, leadership often don’t have the reliable insights they need for key decisions. (See p.22 for full user needs.) In alpha, we’ll explore different solutions to this problem and test our biggest assumptions and risks,…

Exploring error identification to improve data and evidence on children in care

Our discovery highlighted that keeping Looked After Children (LAC) data accurate is time-consuming and difficult. Consequently, leadership often don’t have the reliable insights they need for key decisions. (See p.22 for full user needs.) In alpha, we’ll explore different solutions to this problem and test our biggest assumptions and risks,…

Why can't we use that cloud system?

There are so many major open source products available but the vast majority of councils continue to spend hundreds of thousands of pounds on traditional services from the traditional companies like ‘Microsoft Office” as an example. We could be using Gmail/GSuite or other software and this is just one example.…

To improve the Electoral Registration process

The current processes around electoral registration and the annual canvass are both paper driven and resource intensive. As a result, these services are unnecessarily costly to run. The chance to digitise and potentially automate this service area offers the opportunity to reduce cost, improve the carbon footprint and enhance the…

Young people, digital media and councils.

Our initial research suggests there is currently a gap between young people, particularly aged 16-24, and their local councils. For the Discovery phase we are focusing on young people and their lack of interaction with local councils. Local councils should, in theory, be approachable, the most tangible and most trustworthy…

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