This blog was written by Andrew Humphreys.

The Scalable Approach to Vulnerability Via Interoperability (SAVVI) project is midway through phase 3. One key stream of activity in phase three is to work with a small number of partner projects to implement and adopt the SAVVI approach and standards. This blog provides a look into what we have been up to with two of our partner projects: Wigan council, and Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).

SAVVI Partner Project with Wigan Council

Back in August, we blogged about starting our work with Wigan Council and looking to identify which areas they could apply the SAVVI model to. Since then, we have been busy helping Wigan Council adopt and implement the SAVVI approach and data standards to the way it fulfils its responsibilities under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. Here is a summary of what we have done with Wigan Council so far:

SAVVI ran a workshop with staff from the Health Protection and Civil Contingencies team, the Joint Intelligence Unit responsible for data integration, and Information Governance colleagues. In the workshop we spent some time exploring different types of emergencies and the data that could help the Civil Contingencies team respond quicker in an emergency. A key lesson for us was that it is vital to combine the knowledge of those who are involved in supporting vulnerable people and those who work with data and information governance when developing data sharing propositions.

Following the workshop SAVVI worked with the Joint Intelligence Unit to do a deep dive review of Wigan’s response to Storm Christoff where properties were flooded and support was delivered to vulnerable people. For this review, we developed a set of key questions that aimed to link the services and actions needed to support vulnerable residents and the data that could be used to identify those most likely to need support.

The review defined three actions that were taken to support people and a corresponding need for each and twelve vulnerability attributes found in four internal data sources. From these we were able to develop twelve distinct data use propositions for the find phase of the SAVVI process with a worked up treatment for information governance.

These propositions are potentially reusable by any local authority with responsibilities under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and represent tangible progress towards our goal of developing a catalogue of reusable data sharing propositions. This information has also helped us work with Wigan Council to help develop their DPIA for the work which is now under review.

The next stage for SAVVI’s engagement with Wigan Council is to capture information about using more internal and external data to find, assess and support vulnerable people in an emergency. We will then develop this information into reusable SAVVI-compatible data sharing propositions in using our prototype “SAVVI config tool”, which will define SAVVI-compatible semantic terminology for the work and enable the next stage in designing interoperable data entities, that can be published via the SAVVI catalogue.


SAVVI Partner Project with GMCA 

As we explained in an earlier blog about our collaboration with GMCA as part of the SAVVI project, the aim of GMCA’s Data Accelerator Project is to improve operational and analytical use of data through a data mesh that expresses data stored in one location within the mesh to other points via use case-specific access permissions. The first set of data that GMCA plans to run through the mesh is the data from the Supporting Families programmes run by three local authorities in Greater Manchester. A key aspect of the Supporting Families Programme (SFP) is to identify which families are eligible for the programme based on a set of criteria, which the find phase of the SAVVI process lends itself to very well.

We began our engagement with the project by mapping the SAVVI concept model to the new Supporting Families Programme guidance that came into force at the start of October 2022. Our approach was to take each element of the guidance and identify its analogue in the SAVVI logical model. For example, the SFP guidance describes ten “Headline Outcomes” that are strongly analogous to a “Vulnerability Theme” in the SAVVI model. Below these headline outcomes, the SFP guidance describes 33 “Family Needs” which are synonymous with theNeedentity in the SAVVI concept and logical models.

By reviewing the full SFP guidance we have been able to map each aspect of the SAVVI model to the programme, which is the basis upon which each local authority can develop its own contextualised SAVVI-compatible data model by identifying which data from which sources can be used as vulnerability attributes to indicate which needs a family might have, and therefore their priority for an eligibility assessment.

It has been very encouraging to see how well the SAVVI concept and data models align to such an established programme as SFP and it has also enabled us to developed a guide to applying the SAVVI data model to the Supporting Families Programme which we are about to start using with the three local authorities and GMCA’s technology supplier to define the requirements of the data mesh.

Based on this mapping, we have also worked with Bury Council to support them to develop a SAVVI-compatible privacy notice which informs their service users which of their data they will use for which purpose within the programme. We are about to start working with Bury Council to develop their contextualised SAVVI-compatible data model, particularly focussing on how they will use school attendance data and external data from Greater Manchester Police to identify families that are more likely to be in need.

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