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Conclusions of civil society and public sector policy discussions on data use in government

Since March 2014 civil society organisations, privacy groups, officials from a number of government departments, academics and representatives from parts of the wider public sector have been collectively discussing how government can be made to be more efficient and effective through its use of data. The core focus has been to enhance the availability of high quality research and statistics from administrative data; prevent fraud and help citizens manage the debt they have with government; and ensure the right services are offered to the right person at the right time.

A paper outlining the conclusions of this open policy process has now been published, available here: http://datasharing.org.uk/conclusions/

The findings and recommendations set out in this paper will inform future work in the area, which may involve further consultation. Please direct any comments you have on the paper to Sam Roberts <<sam.roberts@cabinetoffice.gov.uk>> and Firoze Salim <<firoze.salim@cabinetoffice.gov.uk>> at the Cabinet Office, preferably by the end of 18th February 2015.

Summary of civil society and public sector policy discussions on data use in government

Since March 2014 civil society organisations, privacy groups, government departments, academics and the wider public sector have been collectively discussing how government can be made to be more efficient and effective through its use of data. The core focus has been to enhance the availability of high quality research and statistics from administrative data; prevent fraud, reduce error and help citizens manage debt they have with government; and ensure the right services are offered to the right person at the right time. This document sets out the current thoughts emerging from each of those areas.

Summary of Interim Findings OPM data sharing [PDF]

Annexes to Summary of Interim findings OPM data sharing [PDF]

Data Sharing Disclosure Standard | Proposal for comments

The paper linked below sets out a draft proposal developed by Tim Davies and Reuben Binns, and updated following discussion at the Tailored Public Services full day strand workshop, for a data sharing disclosure standard. Tim and Reuben are interested in receiving comments on the proposal.

Proposal for a Data Sharing Disclosure Standard

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bqmWB407IQX2XfcKqHTLEoxWzsHfWZJM5MuoZKO1-bo/edit#

Fraud, Error & Debt | Draft proposals for comment

The paper linked below sets out draft policy proposals on the Fraud, Error & Debt strand for comment until end Friday 29th August 2014. These papers have been developed and revised by the Cabinet Office based on discussions during the open policy process, most recently the 18th July full day strand workshop.

Following the return of comments on this draft, the paper will be revised and amalgamated with the Research & Statistics and Tailored Public Services strand papers to form a single document. This will form the basis for ongoing scrutiny and engagement around the proposals.

Draft policy proposals for Fraud, Error & Debt

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1t8aDVhiDrcm2R1A29gotVdqpLUIUtcHQF_szYGztjXc/edit?usp=sharing

Tailored Public Services | Draft proposals for comment

The paper linked below sets out draft policy proposals on the Tailored Public Services strand for comment until end Monday 25th August 2014. These papers have been developed and revised by the Cabinet Office based on discussions during the open policy process, most recently the 28th July full day strand workshop.

Following the return of comments on this draft, the paper will be revised and amalgamated with the Research & Statistics and Fraud, Error & Debt strand papers (to be published for comment shortly) to form a single document. This will form the basis for ongoing scrutiny and engagement around the proposals.

Draft policy proposals for Tailored Public Services

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1g6kpiRUpgECnR2IXCuP0O1_VmuMMBgbD-oCmQI4wHVE/edit?usp=sharing

Research & Statistics | Draft proposals for comment

The papers linked below set out draft policy proposals on the Research & Statistics strand for comment until end Friday 22nd August 2014. These papers have been developed and revised by the Cabinet Office based on discussions during the open policy process, most recently the 23rd July Full day strand workshop.

Following the return of comments on this draft, the paper will be revised and amalgamated with the Fraud, Error & Debt and Tailored Public Services strand papers (to be published for comment shortly) to form a single document. This will form the basis for ongoing scrutiny and engagement around the proposals.

Part One – Draft De-identified Strand Paper

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Wi-85sOumAZqgcBLKKjc9bVxBdkqynF7qglbkWLniF8/edit?usp=sharing

Part Two – Draft Identified Strand Paper

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wDQ35ClbnwT-2iLjFYw6MJhCLU1sgol5TjjDWeQ9CxU/edit?usp=sharing

Part Three – Draft HMRC Proposals

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xv9nFA0Wp94NsBo5LVKUhW7shAA24-VfZb9Eq1qSAns/edit?usp=sharing

Part Four – Additional Issues

https://docs.google.com/a/involve.org.uk/document/d/1ikTjla32-OhhvqUsKjDPd6v86wBYISPFDXq5VvSLwjU/edit

Part Four – Appendix One – Offences Matrix

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ykOOgyqVAK-RbuBOXtN0LT0myrR88GnTOGotuzeh_ug/edit?usp=sharing

Save the date: Working group meetings

We are in the process of setting up the first batch of meetings for the working groups on the three existing strands of the process:

  • Research & Statistics
  • Fraud, Error & Debt
  • Tailored Public Services

More details on each of these meetings will be published shortly.

Strand

Date

Registration

Research & Statistics | ONS 23 April, 1000-1200 http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/data-sharing-research-statistics-tickets-11250276881
Fraud, Error & Debt | Fraud 24 April, 1000-1200 http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/data-sharing-fraud-error-debt-tickets-11250310983
Research & Statistics | De-identified data for research 24 April, 1200-1400 http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/data-sharing-research-statistics-tickets-11250314995
Tailored Public Services 28 April, 1000-1200 http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/data-sharing-tailored-public-services-tickets-11250323019
Fraud, Error & Debt | Debt 30 April, 0900-1100 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/data-sharing-fraud-error-debt-tickets-11250333049

Discussion document published

A discussion document outlining the Cabinet Office’s thinking to date on data sharing proposals is now available via the Current Proposals section of this website.

As noted on the page, these proposals are intended as a starting point for discussion during the open policy process. In the coming weeks, working groups of civil society organisations, experts and government will be established on each of the initial three strands – research & statistics; tailored public services for individuals; and fraud, error & debt – to explore:

  • The purpose behind data sharing (i.e. the problem it is intended to solve)
  • The evidence of the benefits and risk of data sharing, and the trade-offs between them
  • The extent of the power that government should be granted to share data
  • The safeguards that should be established

You can get involved in these discussions by joining the Mailing List.

Quick update on the next step: Agreeing the process

On 27 February 2014, a number of civil society organisation representatives and government officials met to discuss the potential for an open policy process on government data sharing. Those at that meeting agreed that:

  • The issue of data sharing in government could be the focus of an open policy process
  • This process would need to be at least 6 months in length
  • The process would lead to a collaborative document between government, and civil society and experts
  • The process would start by defining what this output will be and principles for working together. A meeting would be set up very soon to begin this
  • Working groups would then be established to work up specific components, which would be evaluated against the agreement established at the beginning
  • In collaboration with the Cabinet Office, Involve would co-ordinate the process and civil society’s involvement within it. This role would include challenging government and civil society, and creating a space in which constructive discussions can take place
  • Outreach and engagement would need to be conducted to engage a wide range of organisations, experts and stakeholders

The next step of the process will be to agree how to take this forward. Specifically, we need to discuss and agree:

  • The timeline for the process
  • What the output of the process will be (e.g. a joint White Paper)
  • What the components of the output will be (i.e. the topics on which working groups be set up)
  • How we work together (i.e. how we make and keep the process open and constructive)
  • The scope of what is being discussed
  • Who needs to be involved, and how we involve them
  • What the context is (i.e. what else is happening that we need to be aware of)
  • How the CSO and expert network operates

We’re close to finding a time and venue for a meeting to agree the process on 31 March. In the meantime, sign up to the email list to get involved.