Covid Recovery: Data Exchange with the VCS


Improving the flow of data between councils and voluntary organisations to support vulnerable residents during Covid

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Introduction


Boroughs VCS organisations have been collaborating to provide vital support services to those in need during the Covid crisis. This work has highlighted the value of these partnerships but also some key barriers to more effective working. Organisations require up to date visibility of individuals’ needs and the availability and capacity of support services, alongside robust mechanisms for referrals, feedback and impact monitoring. A key part of making these things possible is having the ability to share data between organisations – something that has proven very difficult.

London Borough of Camden and Central Bedfordshire Council alongside LOTI and the GLA have successfully won funding from the Ministry of Housing and Local Government’s (MHCLG) COVID-19 Challenge to take forward a project to discover, prototype and test a solution to data exchange that is reliable, scaleable and resusable.

Collaborators


Resources


Community Insights Projects – User Guide

A guide on how to create and run Community Insights Projects: bringing together Voluntary and Charitable Sector staff and council data experts to explore how different types of quantitative and qualitative data can be used to meet the needs of residents.

Project Timeline


MHCLG_ Data Exchange show & tell share

03/12/2020

MHCLG Show and Tell

Slides and a recording from the MHCLG C-19 Challenge Show and Tell

03/12/2020

Relationships First. Data Second.

Emma McGowan reflects on the project and sets out Camden’s plan to test the Community Insights Project methodology

Community Insights Projects - User Guide

16/11/2020

Final Report and User Guide Published

The User Guide supports council officers and VCS staff that want to develop projects and process for better sharing quantitative and qualitative data to meet the needs of residents and communities. The User Guide is supported by the Final Report that details the research process and findings.

05/10/2020

Concept Workshop

Testing 3 proposed concepts with VCS and Council partners

Concept details for Monday, October 5th Concepts Workshop

Identifying Invisible and overlooked residents theme slide

24/09/2020

Sprint Notes #1

During Sprint 1 we held our first Show and Tell session and started refining the project scope. Read Sandra Einon’s guest blog for all the details.

26/08/2020

FutureGov is appointed as the delivery partner

Summary Notes - Data Exchange workshop with Camden and Central Bedfordshire

05/08/2020

Pre-Discovery all Partner Workshop

Ahead of appointing a Delivery Manager we held our first all stakeholder workshop to map project outcomes and potential barriers for partners from councils, the GLA and VCS organisations.

 

Project Kick-off