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January 10, 2012 / Jo Ivens

That’s it, for now

So a final post from me on DataBridge, certainly for the time being, as I get to grips with my new job as Chief Executive of Brighton & Hove volunteering charity, Impetus.  But, you’ll be glad to know, the work continues.

The final report on the DataBridge project highlighted 10 themes and made recommendations against each theme. Five of these were related to evidencing impact and the the commissioning environment, the other half were around the wider open data agenda and how the sector and local government could respond.

Brighton & Hove convenes a City Needs Assessment Steering Group which is made up of reps from the Council, the Clinical Commissioning Group, Sussex Police and representatives from the voluntary sector through the Community & Voluntary Sector Forum and the LINk. The group aims to improve local outcomes by leading a programme providing evidence based intelligence for local decision makers on the needs of the population of Brighton and Hove. For information about the steering group you can contact CVSF Policy Manager, Emma Daniel.

I have produced a brief summary of DataBridge issues, recommendations, feedback from stakeholders and actions. I will update from time to time on how we are progressing against these, especially in conjunction with both the work on City Needs Assessment and the development of Brighton’s Intelligent Commissioning programme.

Below you will find those recommendations in full. More detail can be found in my blog post on the final report, which breaks it down into chapters so you jump to Chapter 4 for recommendations for the local partnership and Chapter 5 for recommendations on open data.

Recommendation 1 – Monitoring info

  1. Streamline monitoring or contract management data required of the voluntary and community sector – a common monitoring framework that feeds systematically into commissioning cycle

  2. Voluntary sector to respond in terms of more standardised data formats

Recommendation 2 – Needs Assessment

  1. VCS data feeds systematically into needs assessment and the commissioning cycle

  2. More time needs for input from voluntary and community sector organisations

  3. VCS leadership to encourage proactive sector engagement in information sharing for needs assessment  

Recommendation 3 – Outcome Measures

  1. Support Advice Partnership bid to be a pilot area for developing national standards for outcome measures and use as a basis for wider local work on outcome measures

  2. Establish cross-Partnership work on defining outcome measures and trial on a commissioning round by round basis, starting with Financial Inclusion, to tie in with national work

Recommendation 4 – City-wide Data

  1. Improved communication on city-wide intelligence ambitions and how existing strands of work are aligned to each other

  2. Involvement of all relevant partners in development of city-wide data sharing building on VCS-led work on data-sharing between partners

  3. VCS work on data-sharing within the sector should be brought together

Recommendation 5 – Social Value

  1. BHCC makes a commitment to Social Value and sets out a clear way of implementing this into commissioning processes and decisions

  2. VCS work on defining and measuring social impact to be undertaken through Dialogue 50:50, building on previous work and existing skills within infrastructure organisations  

Recommendation 6 – Ambition on Open Data

  1. Clarify open data ambitions, including links to existing data sharing work

  2. Create links between sectors to use open data for service improvement

  3. Integration into other initiatives on City-wide intelligence

Recommendation 7 – Understanding of Open Data

  1. Create a useable, accessible local inventory of public data bearing in mind a range of users and levels of technical skill

  2. Build on Brighton & Hove Open Data List

  3. List the main data-sources held but not published

Recommendation 8 – Use what already exists

  1. Strengthen publication of data on local populations & promote this to VCS partners

  2. VCS to consider the open data agenda in planning infrastructure support for the future

  3. VCS infrastructure groups (and / or CLG) commission a support resource to help voluntary organisations better use existing data & research

Recommendation 9 – Opening VCS data

  1. CVSF partner in work on data platform, lead on how best feed in VCS data

  2. Commissioners & needs assessors to use all available data, including from new or non-traditional sources

Recommendation 10 – Wider issues on Open Data

  1. Engage “data users” more closely in the open data process

  2. Staged approach, more collective thought about making open data useful, including support needs

  3. Transparency of process as well as openness of data

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