Improving data and evidence on children in care

Contents:

  1. Project outputs
  2. Project timeline
  3. Project summary - video
  4. Discovery stage project summary - video

An update on the progress of this project

In February 2021, this project received £250,000 of follow-on funding to continue their work.

Building on the prototype developed in the previous project phase, the team will now build the web-based tool for analysts to identify the errors in their data and automatically fix 37% of these errors.

The project team will also build a community of engaged analysts to contribute to developing the tool further, and become up-skilled in using Python to automate tasks in a practical way.

About this project

This alpha project, led by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is looking at improving data and evidence on children in care. This project is a continuation of the discovery funded in round 1 of the Local Digital Fund.

Children in care often have poor lifetime outcomes arising from neglect, abuse and trauma. Improving the quality of that care and investing in early intervention and prevention can improve life chances and generate wider benefits, including reduced criminal justice costs and better educational outcomes.

Project timeline

December 2018 - discovery

Previous ‘Common data model for children’s services statutory returns’ discovery receives £80,000 from the Local Digital Fund.

April 2019 - discovery

‘Common data model for children’s services statutory returns’ discovery delivers project outputs which are published on the Local Digital website.

February 2020 - alpha

The project team of the ‘Improving data and evidence on children in care’ alpha continue producing the agreed outputs, which will be published openly on the Local Digital website.