After 49 in-depth interviews in three council areas - Adur & Worthing, Devon and Buckinghamshire - council partners are delighted to publish the research findings from OpenCommunity, the MHCLG funded project exploring the case for a community-based services data standard.

Working with award winning service design agency Snook, and open data experts Urban Tide, the report finds that adoption of a data standard for community based services could save an estimated £19m nationally.  The report considers a number of options for next steps and recommends that an existing standard - OpenReferral - is adopted by all major suppliers of service directory products. This could be achieved by MHCLG, NHSX and NAVCA/NCVO working with the current partner councils to establish a standards community. This would involve initial round tables of suppliers and stakeholder organisations looking at ways to drive widespread adoption of the standard, establishing clear ownership and accountability going forward.

At Adur & Worthing, we are very excited about the prospect of supporting a drive to widespread adoption of a data standard in this area, and we are now looking forward to receiving feedback from MHCLG on possible next steps.

Read the final OpenCommunity Report here.

You can also read more about OpenCommunity and how we are setting the open standard for community data.