Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing welcomes the report of the independent Service Transformation Challenge Panel

Launched 26 Nov 2014

The Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing welcomes the report of the independent Service Transformation Challenge Panel. The Panel has clearly recognised the vital role of collaboration in the transformation of public services, and the contribution made by information sharing in ensuring real and sustained transformation through integrated service provision.

Placing people at the heart of service provision drives the Panel’s recommendations.  Implementing those recommendations requires the partners in a local place – public, private and third sector – to be more ambitious in their approach to information sharing.  The Panel have acknowledged that the barriers to the sharing and use of data are “overwhelmingly cultural” (p27), with local places urged to focus on improving outcomes for service users in order to overcome those barriers.

The Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing welcomes this emphasis on addressing the cultural and organisational barriers to information sharing, in supporting public service transformation.  This is the role that the Centre, which was launched in October 2014 and is funded until August 2015, was designed to fulfil.

We have committed to support a number of local places as they identify and address barriers, capturing and sharing the learning to ensure good practice spreads.  We have already developed strong working relationships with a number of local places, and across Government, as we share the lessons and evidence which is emerging.

We look forward to working with local places and our partners to carry forward the Panel’s recommendations, and to continue to contribute to delivering improved services for less.