Report finds ‘innovative’ data use at local level accelerated during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Report finds ‘innovative’ data use at local level accelerated during coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI) has published a report analysing the use of data in local government during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, focusing on findings from a forum attended by local authorities. The forum considered barriers to data-driven innovation and new research into public attitudes toward local data usage.

Some of the key findings include:

• local authorities have experienced ‘substantial positive developments’ in data usage as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, with data-driven interventions playing a key role

• local authorities have been sharing health data in new ways, eg with the NHS shielding patients database and facilitating targeted support, including with food parcels and pharmacy deliveries

• new polls suggest that 50% of people want to engage with their local authority on how data is used to make decisions

For more information, read the full report: CDEI AI Forums: Local Government Use of Data During the Pandemic.

Source: Local government use of data during the pandemic

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