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Innovation in local government is about improving the lives of the people in our communities. Browse through our case studies to see the many innovative programmes councils are involved in.

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East Riding Blockdown Project

East Riding Archives’ Blockdown project harnessed the possibilities of the videogame Minecraft as an interactive learning environment and as a tool to collect young peoples’ experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic in the region.

Teesside Archives – TRUST

This case study explores how local archives staff built up good relations and developed trust to enable the archives of the Redcar Steelworks to be saved.

Knowsley Archives and Borough of Culture

As part of the Knowsley Borough of Culture 2022 celebrations, the archive contacted Merseyside Polonia, a Polish not-for-profit organisation, and embarked on a collaborative project to translate and exhibit the Skura papers.

Transfer of archives as part of a council move

Large-scale transfer of archives from Tower Hamlets Town Hall, the council headquarters since 1993, to Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives at Bancroft Road.

Essex’s Make Rain Happy scheme to reduce flooding

A green infrastructure pilot scheme that uses rain gardens, swale (a shallow grassy drainage channel for water to run through), tree planting, and over 1,300 plants has helped to reduce surface water flooding on a residential street in Essex.

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Schools Healthy Commutes Project in Westminster

The Schools Healthy Commutes project initiated by Westminster City Council is a proactive response to the prevalent issue of traffic congestion and pollution during peak school hours.

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Air Quality Data Platform in Westminster

Aligned with the Fairer Westminster Strategy, the council is committed to sharing accessible and transparent data to all residents and visitors of Westminster. In July 2023, the Westminster Air Quality Data Platform was launched, illustrating the councils’ efforts to provide crucial information for informed decision-making.

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Strategic recruitment: Dorset Council’s innovative approach to increasing recruitment reach and effectiveness

Dorset Council has begun a transformation of our recruitment. Our aim was to improve candidate connections, foster inclusivity, embrace technology and use data-driven decision making. This innovative approach has proven to enhance recruitment effectiveness, with measurable results, offering valuable and transferable insights for other local authorities.

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Ensuring safe housing: facilitating the relocation of tenants affected by Large Panel System building safety concerns

This case study explores the facilitation of the relocation of tenants affected by Large Panel System building safety concerns at a social housing estate which comprised of a tower block with over 120 homes.

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