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ODI stimulus fund will help drive public services redesign

David Bicknell Published 17 August 2017

Open Data Institute ITT will see £160k to be awarded across 3-5 consortia


The Open Data Institute (ODI) has launched an invitation to tender (ITT) to find 3-5 consortia of public sector organisations, service design and digital agencies to enable greater release of open data to drive delivery of public services.

It has created a stimulus fund for service redesign as one project within a broader ODI research and development (R&D) programme.

It says the purpose of this project is to “grow the public sector's understanding of how to practically implement data-enabled service delivery models in government through prototyping them."  It argues that you have to try things to learn what works, and what doesn't.

“We are interested in helping the wider community understand how to develop public services which, as part of their delivery model, involve the publication of open data to enable organisations to deliver part of the service. By sharing both learnings and openly licensed materials, this helps other organisations to accelerate their own work,” the ODI said.

This stimulus fund is designed to make it easier to experiment to create new models of data-enabled service delivery in local government.

The ODI explained that many local government organisations around the UK are already on a digital transformation journey, with many of those organisations thinking about how open data can support the delivery of the service, either through increasing information available to citizens or through enabling other players to deliver some of the outcomes of the service.

The ODI said that alongside its stimulus fund it will be researching and clarifying current knowledge about these models and creating a first iteration of learning materials for those who are designing these models in public sector organisations.

Deliverables for the consortia of local authorities, service design agencies, digital agencies will be a report documenting the processes and approaches that were developed during the period and the lessons that were learned, and at least two design patterns/artefacts/learning tools that are openly licensed and can be used by other public sector organisations to undertake similar work.

Consortia leads will be expected to attend a full day's workshop at the beginning of the programme in October to outline their plans and share activity with other participants. A set-up blog from each consortium will be delivered two weeks after the beginning of the programme setting out plans. This will be published on the ODI website.

Questions on the ITT are to be with the ODI by September 1 with costed proposals due by September 22. A tender decision is expected by September 28 with contracts awarded by October 2. Final work is to be delivered by mid-February next year.

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