ESRC Seminar: Information sharing for devolution and public service reform

Date(s) - 06/04/2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Manchester Science Park Kilburn House

This event is free to attend but registration is required. For more information on the day please visit the Centre for Knowledge, Innovation, Technology and Enterprise (KITE) website.

This seminar is about the challenges posed by information sharing for public services in the context of devolution. It is the ninth event in an Economic and Social Research Council-funded Seminar Series entitled “Information Sharing in Policy and Practice: What needs to be shared (and not shared) when we share information”. 

Devolution deals are driving the radical reform of public services, with information sharing fundamental to the delivery of those reforms. This seminar in Manchester will enable participants to explore and debate the role of information sharing within the devolution agenda.

Under the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009, Combined Authorities were established in England, with the remit to coordinate strategies, policies and services across local authorities. The first in the country was Greater Manchester, who have used the establishment of a Combined Authority to work with partners and seek greater control of the design, commissioning and delivery of public services across the sub region. Their ambitions include breaking new ground in combining health and social care budgets, and innovative, ‘integrated’ solutions to crime, policing, worklessness and related health problems. The seminar will feature contributions from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and GM-Connect and, as well as from elsewhere in the UK and  overseas.

The event has been designed to encourage discussion and the sharing of experience and learning. Presentations will be supplemented with facilitated, task-based activities and there will be plenty of opportunities for questions.  Lunch will be provided with time for networking. We will conclude with a panel session to reflect on the day and to formulate ideas and plans for moving forward.

Confirmed Speakers/Contributors

  • David Carter, Manchester University “Place based digital innovation: engaging citizens in the co-production of new services using open data, open networks and open systems”
  • Cathy Parker, Manchester Metropolitan University   “Big Data and Small Users: Place Based Decision Making on the High Street”
  • Giampaolo Montaletti, Regional association of Chambers of Commerce, Bologna, Italy “The role and levels of Information sharing in Lombardy Region Labour markets”

Further details and the full programme will be added soon

The event is free to attend but you will need to register.

There will a poster session and competition for doctoral students and early career researchers.  We are able to offer bursaries to cover travel if needed for poster presenters. If you are interested, please email a 150 word abstract with an indication of your travel costs to Sue Baines by Monday 27 March.


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