We’re celebrating two years of the Local Digital Declaration
We’re celebrating two years of the Local Digital Declaration

A personal journey from council officer to supplier, via the MHCLG Local Digital team

A wall of posters from the Local Digital Declaration launch in July 2018
A wall of posters from the Local Digital Declaration launch in July 2018

In late June and early July 2018, I was racing between London, Cardiff and Birmingham, helping Linda O’Halloran, Egle Uzkaraityte, Adam Thoulass and our colleagues in the embryonic MHCLG Local Digital team to put the final touches to the coalition of 40+ councils, government departments and public sector organisations that co-authored the Declaration. …


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Let’s look at the value of creating a product as a standards-based cube. Take the idea of a service directory – a data source that people with needs can search to find services that might meet them, and in which service providers can publish their details, so that connections can be made.

Over the past decade a number of providers have built their own directories and often linked them to their proprietary products for children’s or adults social care and family services. Each directory would be limited to a specific council area. And probably limited to an organisational remit – it may have been commissioned by the council to host a wide range of social care services but it’s likely it didn’t include NHS commissioned services, or things commissioned by Early Years to support wellbeing and pre-school education. …


People who know local government often say that a standardised solution will never work, because councils have all created slightly different versions of the processes and organisation structures that support the delivery of what look like identical services on the first glance. …

About

Gavin Beckett

Director Product Research & Innovation at Placecube, Associate Director at Future Cities Catapult, Associate Director @Performgreen

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