Government is responsible for supporting people with multiple complex needs such as those who are homeless, have a history of offending and who use drugs and alcohol. Often this support is difficult because information about the challenges those individuals face is held across different government departments and administrations and not frequently shared.
Working collaboratively with the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), PUBLIC worked in a consortium to establish evidence for how people with complex needs can be better supported by linking together government information held about them in a safe and secure way. We interviewed over 200+ stakeholders across nine government departments to establish use cases within four key analytical pilot areas: reducing homelessness, supporting victims of crime, reducing substance misuse and reducing reoffending.
Our work enabled BOLD to move beyond its strategy phase, into live delivery: today linking live datasets to support frontline services to understand its users better. Our collaborative design approach enabled the complex programme to mobilise the ideas and buy-in of frontline personnel to ensure the BOLD programme prioritised the right outcomes and mitigated risk.
Today, BOLD uses pseudonymised data from the Ministry of Justice, Department of Health and Social Care, the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Public Heath Wales and the Welsh Government in order to show how data linking can improve the support provided for those with complex needs.
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