Children’s services digital dashboard

Dorset County Council’s digital dashboard project directly supports the county’s ‘Forward Together for Children’ transformational change programme.

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The programme was set up to help councils and their partners develop digital solutions to support their work on national programmes of transformation including the integration of health and social care, Troubled Families, welfare reform and public health.

A key element of the new approach is the need for accurate and timely information to be made available to professionals dealing with issues on the front line. The aim is for the digital tools and solutions created through the programme to be reused by other councils and contribute to the wider work to transform local public services.

Historically, the council’s approach to this work has been based on the use of spreadsheets to aggregate existing data. This is expensive and time-consuming and does not result in a product which is easily usable by either strategic or frontline staff. 

To address this problem Dorset bid for a grant of £25,000 from the Digital Transformation Fund to enable them to develop the Business Intelligence Digital Dashboard Project – known as the BI Tool.

Full case study: Children’s services digital

You can hear more from key people involved in the project via the videos below:

Annie Comben-Lindsey - Project Partnership Liaison and Coordination Officer - Dorset Family Matters

Claire Shiels - Assistant Director for Commissioning and Partnerships - Dorset County Council

Kath Saunders - Strategic Lead for Early Help, Children's Services - Dorset County Council

Tracey Connelly and Louisa Payne - Family Partnership Zone Leaders - Dorset County Council