This project seeks to develop a reusable directory of community services that makes it easier for residents to find community services, creates a more sustainable way to publish and update content connected to those services, and that is easy to adopt for other local authorities.
The team are working with their chosen partner, TPXimpact, to develop an easier-to-use version of Outpost, an open source directories tool which serves as the back-end to the directory, as well as exploring how they can connect this tool to their website, which uses LocalGov Drupal. Although the team have had some delays in moving the work forward, they’ve worked hard to make Outpost easier for other local authorities to adopt, including making improvements to the product itself and ensuring it’s compliant with Open Referral UK. They also created a proof-of-concept to demonstrate how Outpost could be integrated with LocalGov Drupal, which the team will be using for their front-end interface.
Alongside this work, the team has created a community around Outpost, which had its first meeting in January 2023. Going forward, the team will be sharing more information about how they have been designing their directory to support other local authorities to make improvements to their directories.
More information, including outputs and working-in-the-open activities, will be published on this page as the project progresses. In the meantime, you can read the project application, or check out the team’s Show and Tells to find out more.