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.