Demand Modelling Tool for Children’s Services

An update on the progress of this project

In February 2021, this project received £120,000 of follow-on funding to continue their work. During the next phase, the project will be led by the Data to Insight team at East Sussex and will look to:

  • improve the tool utilising data from the previous lockdowns
  • extend and develop a further version with additional features, and will be researching this with the community and prioritising feature requests
  • build a community development model, enabling them to work with the community to create smaller communities of interest to build out additional tools

About this project

Previously led by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, this C-19 Challenge project has developed a model to anticipate the forthcoming wave of demand to help vulnerable children and families emerge out of the constraints of lockdown.

As lockdown was implemented, local authority children’s services urgently needed to begin modelling different scenarios, so that they would be able to plan for resourcing and protect their budgets.

The project team spotted an opportunity to bring together all of the work being done independently by local authorities and build a shared tool, which would be available to all, thereby supporting those who did not have capacity to build a tool themselves.

The project’s multi-layered development approach, embedded in user community.

 

Project outputs

A model to anticipate the forthcoming wave of demand to help vulnerable children and families emerge out of the constraints of lockdown: