Socitm and GDS Collaborate To Deliver “Digital Dashboards”

Mar 06, 2014

The Government Digital Service (GDS) and Socitm, the professional body representing people involved in public IT services, will be collaborating to deliver “local digital dashboards.”

The news was announced by Socitm president Steve Halliday in a blog post at the end of last month.

According to him, the venture will educate people and help shape the way local digital services are understood.

“It’s a technically simple project, but ambitious in its scope. The people, process and culture challenges will need to be understood,” he said.

The plan, which will take place in three main phases, is to gather data from local government systems and display it in a GDS performance platform.

Halliday says the first stage is scheduled to take place in April this year. It will see Solihull’s “report a missed bin” transaction added to the new dashboard with key performance indicators displayed.

After analysing what has been produced and leant in phase one, the second part will repeat this process with the addition of 12 more authorities and three new transactions.

The third and final stage will commence when four processes have been successfully displayed and an agreement has been reached on what data will be collected and how it should appear.

More local authorities will then be invited to participate, but Socitm’s president points out that the plan is sure to change as it goes along.

The blog post says digital means different things to different people, but for the purposes of this project, it refers to online transactions between citizens and the government.

The vision is to encourage all authorities to provide their Internet transaction data to a single GDS performance platform where it can be displayed in a consistent and comparative way.




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