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Episode 6

C-19 Challenge Highlights

Welcome to the sixth instalment of our C-19 Challenge Highlights, keeping you up-to-date on the latest news and progress from the Local Digital C-19 Challenge projects.

For more information and links to each project, don’t forget to visit our dedicated webpage.

Join us for the next C-19 Challenge project showcase

The series kicked off on 19 November with the theme ‘Guidance on new ways of working during the crisis’. Thank you to everyone who joined us, and a special thanks to our guest speakers from Future Work Design, Digital Inclusion Toolkit and Digital Place Based Engagement.

If you missed it, we’ve published a recording on our YouTube channel so you can catch up on all the action. You can also view the slides.

There’s still time to register to attend the next two events:

The first virtual C-19 Showcase on 19 November

Digital Place Based Engagement

As well as speaking at our first Showcase, the project had their 4th show and tell and held a kick off workshop with their delivery partner, FutureGov. In the workshop they explored their hopes and fears and who the users are for a digital planning notice, as well as outlining a plan for the future.

They have been working on reviewing their existing progress, prepping for user research and agreeing ways of working, and putting together a delivery team with FutureGov.

The project has published sprint notes covering sprints 3 and 4, in which they talk about how they defined user stories for the playbook, worked to understand requirements for planning notices, and appointed a project delivery partner.

A tweet from LDCU’s Egle on behalf of Digital Place Based Engagement

Future Work Design

The outputs for the Future Work Design project are now available online. Visit the project website to download:

  • a research report into remote working challenges in local government, which contains 8 working practice profiles for council staff working in different contexts
  • a risk assessment tool that’s ready to be used by HR/OD and corporate teams
  • guidance on how to use the tool in practice

Members of the team also gave an overview of their work and recommendations at the first Showcase event.

A tweet from LDCU’s Egle on behalf of Future Work Design

Data Exchange with the VCS

The project, led by Central Bedfordshire and Camden, has finished their work and the outputs are now available via their project website, hosted by LOTI. The project will be sharing their work at the second Showcase on 3 December.

A tweet from LOTI on behalf of Data Exchange with the VCS

Digital Inclusion Toolkit

The team presented the Digital Inclusion Toolkit MVP, which is now live at digitalinclusionkit.org, at our first Showcase. More content will be added over the coming weeks and months as the toolkit and it’s community of contributors grows.

An excellent blog post by ‘Design Dave’ from Croydon gives an overview of how the major design and platform decisions were made.

COVID-19 Demand Modelling

The team has written a great guest blog post for us, ‘Need vs. Speed: how to get great user feedback and still deliver on time’, to share their learnings from the project with others.

A tweet from the Local Digital Collaboration Unit

Data and Standards for a Scalable Approach to Vulnerability (SAVVI) — Tameside

The team presented their project at the iNetwork Conference on 20 November. They also held an Information Governance (IG) workshop to bring together councils, multiple IG departments and suppliers of solutions in the IG space, and have shared their learning points from this.

They also published a blog post on ‘The Part IG Plays in Identifying Vulnerability.’

A tweet from the Local Digital Collaboration Unit

Impact of COVID-19 and social vulnerability: Changing lives through understanding and managing risk — Huntingdon

A workshop took place with the Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) service managers to test developed scenarios, as well as the intended approach from those who have real experience of working with people nearing, or at, a point of crisis.

HDC are finalising the datasets required from service managers for this. Once complete, the Tameside ‘SAVVI’ project will have a set of scenarios to work with.

That’s it for this edition, thanks for reading! Be sure to follow us on Twitter for all the latest #LocalDigitalC19Challenge news and updates.



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