What makes a 'good' Digital Board? report

  • techUK techUK
    Wednesday19Sep 2018
    techUK Reports

    This report explores how to build a greater understanding of digital, data and technological solutions into the executive leadership in local authorities and ultimately...

What makes a 'good' digital board?The key theme for the Smart Cities and Communities programme this year has been “practical steps for delivering smart city solutions” which has largely focused on leadership. This has included examining the roles and responsibilities for central government and local authorities in creating smart places around the UK. Local authorities are on the front line when it comes to smart, place-based digital initiatives. Although they should not be tasked with delivering the nation’s smart agenda without overarching support and ambition from central government, there are steps that local authorities can take to improve their own capacity and capability.

The first step towards this is building a greater understanding of digital, data and technological solutions into local authorities by establishing and maintaining “a dedicated and legitimate decision-making body that is empowered by the executive leadership of the local authority” - a digital board. A digital board will engage representatives from a mixture of local actors, including academia, local businesses, consumer/citizen groups, and tech companies. By drawing on such broad expertise, a digital board can raise awareness of opportunities for digital evolution, as well as support implementation efforts and ultimately deliver positive and sustainable citizen-focused outcomes for a locality.

With the help of industry and local government professionals, we have developed a series of recommendations for establishing and maintaining a digital board. The recommendations address key themes for digital boards to consider; ensuring meaningful engagement with local stakeholders, establishing a culture that supports an action-oriented and delivery focus and a collaborative approach to digital evolution.

If you would like to hear more about SmarterUK's work on leadership for smart places, please contact Matthew Evans or Jessica Russell.

 

  • Jessica Russell

    Jessica Russell

    Programme Manager | Justice and Emergency Services
    T 020 7331 2031
  • Georgina Maratheftis

    Georgina Maratheftis

    HEAD OF LOCAL PUBLIC SERVICES
    T 020 7331 2029
  • Matthew Evans

    Matthew Evans

    Executive Director
    T 020 7331 2034
digital_board_FINAL_DIGITAL (pdf)

Share this

FROM SOCIAL MEDIA

First tranche of speakers confirmed for our 'going plastic free' conference on 10 July - @OakdeneHollinshttps://t.co/ZtWSnqGyn1
3 Months to go until our fantastic #techUKSmarterState 2019 focusing on how emerging tech will transform public ser… https://t.co/D7ZzGY1XFr
Join us at @Public_SectorUK (25 – 26 June, ExCeL London) & learn how to implement the latest digital solutions and… https://t.co/dhVcra3OWP
ICYMI: During #LondonTechWeek, @PwC_UK published its report into AI in Healthcare, assessing the practicalities of… https://t.co/wDuZyZWlvB
Nominations for the World Class Policing awards close in 2 weeks. You can nominate here - https://t.co/6LpU1bfz5J @WCPAwards
LAST FEW TICKETS! Book your place at the #techUKAnnualDinner on Weds 10 July now at: https://t.co/wMiFlNTiXl https://t.co/5wrZgwlZm6
Become a Member
×

Become a techUK Member

By becoming a techUK member we will help you grow through:

Click here to learn more...