Building an open data public service business case


As part of our Research and Development programme which is funded by Innovate UK, the Open Data Institute is running workshops to help people who work in local authorities to build a business case for using open data in their public service design.


In the first year of our research and development programme, we explored how open data can be used in public service delivery and its potential for collaboration, joint problem-solving and open innovation. We also supported four local government organisations to develop open data projects which explored how data could be used to improve public services.

This year, we are focusing on developing learning materials and tools that can help local authorities to use open data in their service design processes. In particular, we are creating a toolkit which can be used to aid organisations in building a business case for using open data when designing and delivering public services. The workshops we are running will showcase this toolkit and give you the opportunity to test out some of the tools we are developing. It will also be an opportunity for you to learn from your colleagues, both within your own organisation and from other organisations who practice public service delivery.

Who is this for and what do you need?

This workshop will primarily be for people from local authorities who are involved in the design and delivery of public services.

Many of the tools in our toolkit have been designed to be collaborative tools, so we encourage you to bring attendees from different departments of your organisation.

As part of this workshop, you will practice building a business case using your own examples of a service you would like to re-design or an idea for a new service, so it is a good to have some examples prepared in advance.

Tickets are free and we will provide refreshments and lunch on the day.

More information

If you require more information about this event, please contact [email protected]