Early in SAVVI Phase 1, we knew it was important to hear the perspectives of the tech industry. In December 2020, the SAVVI team organised, with TechUK, a workshop called ‘Help Shape the Tech Response to How Local Government Supports the Vulnerable’. This workshop allowed suppliers the opportunity to engage with SAVVI and provide feedback on the standards we were developing.
This way of engaging was so useful, that we decided to constitute the SAVVI Tech Working group. TechUK agreed to be the secretariat for the group. In July 2021, the first meeting was convened, chaired by
(TechUK), and was attended by 28 people representing 22 different organisations.
The key to the success of the SAVVI Data Standards and its adoption is effective supplier engagement. Suppliers are a key partner in the local digital ecosystem, and we are convening this working group to ensure that suppliers have sight of the standard to ensure that it is fit for purpose from a supplier perspective.
The working group will encourage two way participation and be a critical friend of the SAVVI project in all tech related matters. Suppliers will provide information on any existing best practices to support the vulnerable. Any tech leaders of the group will also be expected to perform a horizon-scanning role for the standards outputs from the SAVVI project.
TechUK is the secretariat to the SAVVI Tech Working Group. The working group will provide a mutual forum for SAVVI and the Tech industry to engage and collaborate on SAVVI data standards. The working group is open to TechUK members and suppliers with experience of working directly with local authorities. The working group will meet regularly.
TechUK has been invited to sit on the iStandUK Executive Board, to provide effective governance for the SAVVI Tech group’s strand of activities. The iStandUK Executive Board has overall governance for the entire SAVVI programme of work. You can view the iStandUK Executive Board here.(link to page)