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Exploring digital capability and confidence, to enable tailored training programmes to be developed to drive the take up of digital servicing

Across all councils there is a desire to encourage residents to move to online servicing. This creates a better and more efficient service in the community and reduces the cost to serve, reduces the time to delivery and creating a more satisfying experience.   We know that the members of…

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,…

Exploring exercise-based smartphone apps to improve health outcomes related to poor physical activity levels and digital literacy in users with learning disabilities and their carers.

Research in Sport, Health and Exercise Science at the University of Hull has seen the development of an exercise intervention which shows significant improvements in a range of health markers (strength, power, functional fitness, wellbeing).  A smartphone app which facilitates the delivery of the exercise intervention has now been developed. …

Exploring GDPR impact on planning data-sharing projects in local borough areas and possible interventions so that data-sharing projects can be designed and implemented with confidence that GDPR requirements are met

Councils and partners collect large amounts of data in the course of their work, which if joined up could bring much greater insight and better inform policy and strategy design. However much of this data is collected for a specific purpose, project or for compliance with particular legislation and is…

Exploring how Internet of Things (IoT) devices can enable vulnerable residents to be more independent in their home, promoting preventative intervention, augmented by Artificial Intelligence (AI).

National picture   Nationally and locally, health and care systems need to manage the inevitable challenges of increased demand, expectations and reducing finances.   Across the UK, there are baseline objectives which underpin reform to achieve this: a whole population approach to improving health, regardless of health status, eligibility or…

Exploring how local authorities can effectively engage people and develop their cultures to successfully implement digital transformation.

Local Authorities are undertaking digital transformation so that we can meet our residents’ raised expectations. We have had some success digitising services but found it harder to engage our staff and develop our cultures. We believe there are some factors limiting full digital transformation: Difficulties engaging with people and creating…

Exploring how residents’ voice searches can help them find the information they need across multiple websites.

Residents often struggle to find the information they need due to website design. This project seeks to explore how access can be simplified to make the experience more human, avoiding the need for the resident to drill down through multiple pages or even across multiple websites. How do we make…

Exploring how to join up finance, needs, and operational information for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in order support better-informed planning, commissioning and funding decisions, and sustainably meet growing need for additional support.

Problem overview There is a widely acknowledged crisis in SEND funding and provision: Since 2016 nearly half of Local Authorities (LAs) have been asked to submit a written statement of action following poor Ofsted/CQC inspections on SEND. Around 8 out of 10 LAs in England have a deficit in their…