SENA Phase 1 – Working with SAVVI

The SAVVI (Scalable Approach to Vulnerability Via Interoperability) project is also funded by the MHCLG Local Digital Covid-19 Challenge Fund it is led by Tameside and Sedgemoor Councils. 

The project aims to create and promote a set of data standards and information governance sharing “pathways” that are applicable to data that will help support delivering better outcomes to vulnerable people and households.  

In phase 1 the SAVVI project developed an initial set of data models around the data that was often used by councils to help understand who was vulnerable due to COVID-19 and those at risk of homelessness. We provided input into these models based on the work we had done creating joined up views of our citizens to prioritise who to contact during the lockdowns, the existing work our homelessness prevention team had been doing and our initial work on the root causes that lead to people presenting with needs.  

Alongside looking at the data models that would support addressing vulnerability the SAVVI project was also looking at the data sharing, many different organisations hold different pieces of information about a household, how can we legally combine them to help us deliver the services our residents need. At HDC this is off particular importance to us as often we face issues in how to effectively work with the county council, community organisations, housing providers and utilities companies to understand who is at risk and needs support. We worked with SAVVI provide inputs into the different use cases and motivations around data sharing to help build a picture of what we need and what we don’t need to help move forward.  

The final element of the SAVVI project was the creation of a “playbook” on how to think about interoperability, we working with SAVVI to develop this based on our experiences. Phase 1 of SENA ran in parallel to SAVVI phase 1 – the pathways that HDC followed bore many similarities to the 6 stage process being proposed by SAVVI (Purpose, Find, Assess, Support, Report and Improve). There were regular show and tells between the two project teams during this phase, with both sharing progress and providing each other with feedback.  

As the SENA and SAVVI projects clearly have overlapping aims, and therefore synergies, they will continue to collaborate and work closely together over the coming months.  HDC is the focus of one of the two case studies that SAVVI will produce – this will detail our experiences and provide feedback on applying the process and using the playbook in real-life as part of the SENA design work. 

“The SENA project team are looking forward to working closely with the SAVVI team during the next stages of these projects. We have a joint aim of collaborating effectively to enable sharing of learning across both projects, and to ensure good practice in identifying both vulnerability risks and appropriate support services. The need to identify and help those most vulnerable within our district has never been more clearly seen than in the last year, throughout this pandemic. This work will enable us to identify potentially vulnerable people in need, earlier in the future, to hopefully be able to support them before they reach a personal crisis.”  

Oliver Morley (Corporate Director – People, Huntingdonshire District Council) 

For further information about the SAVVI project please see:  

Introducing the Huntingdonshire Case Study | iStand UK 

Scalable Approach to Vulnerability Via Interoperability (SAVVI) – Local Digital 

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