“Can you help us to improve how we find and support vulnerable people?” – asks Phil Swan, Chief Digital Officer at Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

Finding and supporting vulnerable people is a key issue for the public sector. Be it supported families, homelessness, re-offending, school-readiness, loneliness, and so on, finding those who fall through the gaps in fragmented services, and providing the right early intervention, supports the levelling-up and affordability agendas, while tackling real hardship issues.

The SAVVI project, funded from DLUHC’s Local Digital Fund, and led by Tameside Council, has developed the SAVVI Playbook which sets out how data can be unlocked, shared, and re-used; and how common standards and methods can be applied across many vulnerability settings. 

The project has worked with a number of councils and departments, and it is apparent that the way we address vulnerability is currently siloed; it’s time to bring together a cross-sector Leadership Group to set a direction for SAVVI and bring a focus to a joined-up approach to using data to tackle vulnerability.

In its third phase of funding from DLUHC, SAVVI is working with selected councils and departments to deploy the SAVVI data standards, and build engagement platforms so that those working on vulnerability initiatives can share their good practice and outcomes. This is taking us towards a sustainable future for SAVVI, driven by a community of bought-in stakeholders from across local government and key government departments, who are passionate to champion and accelerate an ethical and repeatable approach to using data to tackle vulnerability. 

SAVVI’s Project Sponsor is Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s (GMCA) Chief Digital Officer, Phil Swan. Phil invites you to attend the first meeting of the SAVVI Leadership Group, which will establish what the need is in the sector for a consistent approach to using data and addressing vulnerability.

Expressions of interest in joining the SAVVI Data & Vulnerability Leadership Group can be made to Phil Swan via info@istanduk.org

You can find out more about SAVVI by watching a 15 minute video.