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Tuesday 12 October 2021

Civil Service Data Challenge: Finalists announced

In ANTT DATA logopril, we wrote about NTT DATA supporting the Civil Service Data Challenge (see NTT DATA supports Civil Service Data Challenge). The Challenge has been designed to seek out entrepreneurial ideas from Civil Servants within central government that could result in a more responsive, innovative, and effective Civil Service. The Challenge has been driven forward by a collaboration between the Cabinet Office, specialist publishers, Global Government Forum, and NTT DATA, as well as the Office for National Statistics and the Government Digital Service.

Yesterday, having received over 200 entries, and reviewed eight in the semi-final stage, the programme announced the final shortlist of four ideas. Those ideas will enter the last round of the competition, which will see finalists present their ideas to senior digital and data leaders in Government at a live event in December.

The four final ideas are:

  • Construction Industry Benefit Fraud & Error: The linking together of existing data sets, e.g., from DWP and HMRC, to help reduce fraud and error.
  • Deploy AI to protect our peatlands: The use of AI technology to rapidly identify moorland drains so that they can be blocked and reverse the process of the UK’s peatlands drying out and emitting 20 million tonnes of CO2 annually.
  • Gather better statistics on the distribution of UK citizens abroad: The use of data held across Government, as well as open-source technology, to create a live data model, hosted on the ONS integrated data platform, to show the numbers of UK nationals living, working, and holidaying around the world.
  • Track prisoner’s social contacts to support rehabilitation. Improving the collection and usopene of data on prisoners’ social contacts to identify those suffering from lack of social contact and, who are, therefore, more likely to reoffend.

One of the sponsors of the Data Challenge, Alex Chisholm, the Civil Service COO and Permanent Secretary to the Cabinet Office, highlights that a broad range of high-quality entries were received. With better data usage, the aim is to boost efficiency, improve public services, and strengthen policy making. Those ideas that have reached the final were deemed to be the most feasible to implement and with the biggest potential return on investment. The best ideas will receive technical advice and development support from NTT DATA UK, as well as the backing of top civil servants, to help them come to fruition.

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Posted by: Georgina O'Toole at 09:12

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