Introducing Digital CoProduction
I am excited to be introducing my next challenge as managing director of start-up, Digital CoProduction.
I have been working for the public sector for 35 years. I have worked in IT delivery, management consultancy, IT consultancy and what I would call Digital Consultancy roles. In this time, one of the most marked trends has been the shift in power and influence around Data, away from central IT, towards the service departments, and now towards the customer/service users themselves.
My digital consultancy has been a more strategic and distant view of what can be done to make things better for the service users but it is the direct difference that a product can make to frontline workers and service users that I have enjoyed the most.
It is for this reason that I have set up Digital CoProduction. I am joined by ex-colleague Marcus Devaney from Lancashire County Council and IEG4 with his product design skills and Cath O’Neil from iNetwork will be helping to facilitate the digital coproductions. Simon Dickinson sits on our board as commercial director and Martin Robinson of VidaVia as technical director.
Our vision is to be trusted by the public and third sector to co-produce software to support the self-care, early intervention and prevention agenda and are already working on a self-care application that works alongside an assisted-care application where both are supported by a digital community catalogue of activities, assets, advice and services using open data standards (Open Referral, OpenActive).
Simon Dickinson will take over the lead for Digital Gaps and I will focus my time on Digital CoProduction but our intention is to work closely together.
I look forward to continuing to work with public and third sector organisations to make a difference to people’s lives and the public sector purse.