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Sprint Notes #51

Covering 7 to 20 July 2022

Welcome back to our Sprint Notes! Find out what has kept the Local Digital team busy this sprint — including sharing what we learned at the Local Digital Roadshow 2022, speaking at sector events, and celebrating Digital Declaration Month — and catch up on the progress of our funded project teams.

News from the team

Sharing your stories this Digital Declaration Month

As we near the end of our month-long celebration of the fourth anniversary of the Local Digital Declaration, we wanted to share some more of the inspiring stories we’ve heard from signatories so far:

A tweet about the fourth anniversary from Barnsley Council.
A tweet about the fourth anniversary from Digital Stockport, part of Stockport Council.
A tweet about the fourth anniversary from Central Bedfordshire Council.
A tweet about Blackburn and Darwen’s blog post from the Local Digital team.

By the time this is published we’ll be in the final week of July, so there’s no time like the present if you are planning to take part and share your stories with us!

Interview with UK Authority: Celebrating the achievements of the Local Digital Declaration

In this interview with UK Authority, Lawrence Hopper (DLUHC Deputy Director of Digital), celebrates some of the achievements of the Local Digital Declaration to date — including supporting councils to #FixThePlumbing — and shares an update on the future of Local Digital.

A tweet about Lawrence Hopper’s interview with UK Authority.

We wrapped up the Local Digital Roadshow 2022 — find out what we learned

We brought out Local Digital Roadshow 2022 to a close with a final event in Yorkshire and the Humber on Thursday 14 JulySince March this year, we’ve been joined by 119 people from 64 councils at five in-person events across the country (plus a virtual event), with 97% of attendees rating their event as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ and 100% of attendees interested in attending future Local Digital events.

The team has really enjoyed getting back out on the road and meeting councils face-to-face for the first time in over two years. It was also interesting to hear that 65% of attendees would prefer us to host a combination of in-person and virtual events in future — something we’ll certainly look to offer.

Read our latest blog post to find out why the Local Digital Roadshow is an important part of our work, what we’ve heard and learned from councils this year, and what we plan to do next.

Introducing our new Senior Product Manager

We were delighted to welcome Gemma Matthews to the team this sprint. As a Senior Product Manager, Gemma will be helping us to develop our upcoming programme of work with a focus on funding opportunities. She’s looking forward to working councils to create the conditions for some cool digital transformation!

At the weekend, you’ll find Gemma playing Korfball, a mix between basketball and netball, enjoying some wine or helping out at church.

Meet Gemma Matthews, Senior Product Manager and new Local Digital team member

Local Digital at the Northern WARP Conference

Members of the Local Digital team spoke at iNetwork’s annual Northern WARP Conference on Friday 15 July, which focussed on ‘security in an evolving world’.

Ben (Head of Cyber) and Paul (Delivery Manager) presented a session on ‘What next for Local Digital?’, while Phil (Community Engagement Manager) took part in a session on ‘Veterans from the Cyber Front line’. More than 100 people were in attendance across the two sessions and the feedback we’ve received from attendees has been really positive.

If you registered for the conference but were unable to join these sessions, recordings will be available to delegates until Saturday 15 October 2022.

News from our funded projects

Don’t forget you can find information on all of our funded projects, including those mentioned below, on our website.

Digital Inclusion Toolkit (Leeds City Council)

The project recently published a new blog post, written by TellTale Research, about their user research into the digital inclusion needs of councils. They hope other councils who are working on similar projects will find it helpful and insightful.

Following their last roundtable discussion, the team is also writing a new article on ‘identifying funding sources and structuring your Digital Inclusion team’.

This sprint, the team has been making changes to the news page on the development website. The improvements will go live on the Digital Inclusion Toolkit website soon, as well as a new ‘round up of sector news’ feature, where the team will pull out key information from reports and other resources. News updates will be published every Friday morning with a further ‘digest’ at the end of each month.

In addition, the team recently revisited the project’s product vision and are continuing to work on their website visitor user personas.

The product vision for the Digital Inclusion Toolkit project.

Digital Waste Service (Rugby Borough Council)

On Friday 15 July, the project team held their rescheduled Sprint 10 Show and Tell session. During this three-week sprint the project team focussed on:

  • the subscribe to a garden waste subscription
  • a draft of the user research review
  • updating and sharing the User Experience report for feedback

Meanwhile, the team has begun drafting the service adoption playbook and the beta Phase One report. Phase One wrap-up activities have been taking place over the last few weeks and there will be one more Show and Tell at the end of the phase, during which the team will showcase everything that has been built. Watch this space for more information on how to join the session as well as a recording.

Future Work Design (East Riding of Yorkshire)

The Future Work Design project recently released the Phase 2 final report (PDF) on their work to explore the value of digital tools in promoting healthy working practices.

Following the success of Phase 1, the project received additional funding through Local Digital’s Continuous Funding Model to develop evidence-based well-being tools for remote working staff.

The final report walks you through the background to this phase, the methods and findings, and recommendations for future work.

Housing Repairs (City of Lincoln Council)

On Tuesday 19 July, the project team held their Sprint 4 Show and Share session — visit the project blog to watch a recording of this session and follow the project’s progress.

If you represent a council who would be interested in getting involved in the project then get in touch with the team, as they are keen to expand the use of the service.

LocalGov Drupal (Cumbria County Council)

Following on from the successful event held at Amazon Web Services’ London HQ, LocalGov Drupal have signed up to speak at LocalGov Camp 2022. This in-person event (the first for three years) is scheduled to take place on Thursday 29 September at The Eastside Rooms in Birmingham. The event will focus on digital and service transformation topics, from culture change to low-code, agile working to robotic process automation.

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) recently published a case study with Cumbria County Council about the development of the LocalGov Drupal open source website platform. Meanwhile, InVuse have also published a case study on how Redcar & Cleveland Borough council (RCBC) have adopted the platform to accelerate the start of their digital transformation and future development.

Revs and Bens (Teignbridge Council)

On Monday 11 July, the Revs and Bens project held their final Show and Tell of the 12-week alpha phase. Watch a recording of the session to get an overview of their work to establish whether open source data sharing between authorities is a possibility.

Scalable Approach to Vulnerability Via Interoperability (SAVVI) (Tameside and Sedgemoor Councils)

Andrew Humphries, the recently appointed SAVVI coach, has begun working with the different organisations that are beginning to implement the SAVVI standards — including the Greater Manchester Combined Authority — as part of their initial scoping. He will be presenting back to the core team in two week’s time on the vulnerabilities these projects are addressing, as well as their progress to date and the intended values and learnings for each project.

That’s it for this sprint, thanks for reading! For the daily download on all things #LocalDigital, be sure to follow us on Twitter.

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