Funding available to partnerships of local authorities and other local agencies to support data projects that improve services for children and families in England.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is making available £7.9 million for data projects which improve outcomes for children and families.
The Local Data Accelerator Fund is one strand of a wider £9.6 million Data Improvement Across Government programme. The programme was announced in the 2020 spending review. It aims to improve the use of data at a national level and at the local level to improve the evidence base, inform policy decisions and service delivery for children and young people.
Objectives of Fund
MHCLG invites bids from partnerships of local authorities and other local agencies that will improve outcomes for families. The core components for the bids which MHCLG are looking for are:
- Exemplar data projects – Bids should include an exemplar data project which involves using data from different agencies to improve services. The projects should provide real world benefits, i.e. better targeted, earlier and more effective interventions to support vulnerable children and families. Projects should be innovative, sustainable and scalable i.e. appropriate for adoption by other local areas.
- Sharing skills and good practice – Projects that improve the data maturity of the project partners i.e. getting more advanced areas to share skills and learning with less other areas.
- Partnerships of local authorities and other agencies, including universities – Bids should be from a partnership of local authorities and other local services including a mix of agencies with different levels of data maturity.
The projects will be evaluated and the findings will offer practical advice and help to other areas seeking to carry out similar work in the future. MHCLG would welcome a range of bids relating to services for children and families. For example, MHCLG would welcome bids from local authorities looking to use data to support their work to understand their local child and family population, or operation of specialist services, in relation to specific disabilities or social issues.