In this alpha phase the LocalGov Drupal team tested assumptions gathered through their discovery work. They improved their understanding of how councils can share drupal code in order to design and run their websites more effectively and affordably.
The team’s key objectives were to re-factor the codebase used by Brighton & Hove Council and Croydon Council, so that it can now be used by any council in the country. The team then set about co-designing and sharing common features such as campaigns pages and directories. They have established effective ways of working and are already on-boarding new partners. These new councils see the benefit in joining a community of peers to develop their websites using open source code at a fraction of the usual cost.
It is hoped that the shared codebase and the group managing it can provide more choice to the local government sector when developing websites. So far the approach has received positive feedback from core users including content designers and web managers.