Scalable Approach to Vulnerability Via Interoperability (SAVVI)


  1. Project outputs
  2. Project timeline

This project, led by Tameside and Sedgemoor Councils, aimed to produce national data standards that result in reduced hardship for vulnerable people and households, by improving a locality’s ability to make use of data to support them – so that they can then promote a coordinated multi-agency response.

The SAVVI framework has been built by the project establishing how councils use data to find vulnerable people during lock-down and potential homelessness, and Information Governance to access secondary use of data to find vulnerable people.

The project has also worked extensively via workshops and presentations with partner councils, central government (DWP, GDS, NHS Digital, Cabinet Office) and Voluntary Community Service organisations to build wide-ranging consensus for the SAVVI framework across government.

In its first phase, the SAVVI project formed a partnership with the Vulnerability Risk Index (VRI) project (now called Societal Early Needs App) as there was significant overlap between the two projects, and they split the allotted £110,000 fund from the C-19 Challenge in August 2020 between them.

Project outputs

The SAVVI project has developed an online playbook containing an engagement process, data (sharing) standards to utilise, and a catalogue of vulnerability data attributes available for consideration. Visit the playbook.

Project timeline

October 2020

The SAVVI project receives £54,000 from the Local Digital C-19 Challenge.

February 2021

The project receives £90,000 of follow-on funding from the Local Digital Fund to continue their work. During the next phase, the project will test and prove what has been built. They have identified 2 test subjects:

  1. Huntingdonshire District Council’s SENA (Societal Early Need App) – this is a Risk Index and risk determination algorithm from a set of data sources that has already been developed. It is being re-cast onto an open platform. It uses a Case Management System to manage engagement with residents.
  2. North Yorkshire County Council – they are at an early stage in their development, but are seeking guidance on shaping their response to coronavirus-related vulnerabilities, although their availability of data sources coupled with SAVVI process could steer this

SAVVI aims to incorporate these case studies back into its Minimum Viable Product (its playbook of tools on and iterate accordingly.

The project also plans for wider engagement with other third parties to assist with benefits realisation, analytics, information governance and further promotion.