OPSI COVID-19 Innovative Response Tracker
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COVID-19 has put a spotlight on the importance of data infrastructure to ensure effective data sharing (data quality, validation, matching, use of identifiers), as well as the effectiveness of using digital tools and practices to deliver important, cross-government services. As part of the UK government’s response to the pandemic, five government departments came together to set up a National Shielding Service to deliver care and food supplies to approximately 2.2m people in England who we...

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The National Lottery UK's Community Fund has created the 'Emerging Future Fund', to help communities move towards recovery and renewal after the impact of COVID-19, and draw on all the creativity we've seen in communities and across civil society.

As such, they have set up a UK-wide fund of GBP 1 million, with individual grants ranging between GBP 20,000 - 50,000, for organisations to look at how things are changing, what is needed in this transition, and what is possible in the fut...

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MPhil students from Cambridge University organised a hackathon, #CamvsCovid, to seek solutions to problems stemming from COVID-19. Entries focused on local shops, the virtual shopping experience and remote health diagnostics.

Each team entering the event had 72 hours to draft its response to a pressing problem by video and text, and their 750-word text solution went through a juried review process. All the 750-word solutions, which totaled 11 entries, are being assembled into a port...

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​​​Crowdless is helping people make informed decisions and navigate more safely as they carry out their essential tasks, providing real-time live data on the busyness of essential places that people need to visit, such as supermarkets and pharmacies thanks to combination of existing data sources and crowdsourced data to ensure that users have real-time information on how crowded places are.

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Bristol, UK, has decided to to transform parts of the historic Old City area into fully pedestrianised zones. Plans are being drawn up to widen pavements and improve cycle routes through Bristol too on other roads.

Some historic streets like Corn Street, St Nicholas Street and Small Street are due to be pedestrianised. Also, Bristol Bridge is to be closed to motor traffic apart from public transport, taxis and motorcyles.

The idea is to orientate the city both for the present...

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At Telescope, we connect policymakers with those working on the frontline, using innovation thinking tools to encourage inclusive and collaborative policymaking. We love seeing the connections and ideas sparked by bringing people together and the benefits for policymakers of learning about frontline challenges first hand.

But when the whole world is in isolation, that isn’t so easy.

The COVID-19 crisis needs us to find new ways of delivering critical services. Now more than e...

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The devolved Welsh Assembly has held its first virtual parliamentary session following a series of emergency provisions that have been put in place so that essential Assembly business relating to COVID-19 can carry on.

Following last week’s smaller ‘Emergency Senedd’ meeting, the Assembly’s Business Committee has decided to switch to fully online ‘virtual’ plenary meetings using the video conferencing facility Zoom.

Party groups have agreed to limit their attendance to the ...

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The UK Houses of Parliament have agreed various new procedural measures to enable it to function through a combination of socially distanced in-person activity and remote digital activity.

Select Committees are able to meet remotely and participate in official proceedings through conference calls and digital conferences.

The Speaker of the House of Commons also will publish in advance the order of speaking in debates, never done before, thus enabling Members to know when th...

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An e-learning programme in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic that is free to access, without logging in*, for the entire UK health and care workforce, including those working in the NHS, the independent sector and social care. The programme includes key materials to help the health and care workforce respond to Coronavirus.

The Coronavirus programme currently includes limited resources, but will add more content in the coming days and weeks. The additional conte...

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A dedicated support service for people with a medical condition which makes them extremely vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Extermely vulnerable includes people who have had a solid organ transplant; have any cancer and are getting chemotherapy; have lung cancer and are getting radical radiotherapy; have cancer of the blood or bone marrow, at any stage of treatment - for example, leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma; have any cancer for which you’re getting immunotherapy or other con...

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The London Office of Technology and Innovation (LOTI) is working to help local government teams across London to share resources and collaborate remotely during the COVID19 crisis.

They are co-ordinating a 'Borough Initiatives and Needs' database across London, a document that allows different local teams from across London's boroughs to share their work and good practice.

It takes the form of a document open to any and all who wish to share/add details and links to help LO...

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The Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker counts data from 73 countries so far, including China, South Korea, Italy, UK and USA. It will continue to be updated throughout the crisis and is freely accessible.

This new tracker is designed to systematically record government responses worldwide and aggregate the scores into a common ‘Stringency Index’ which they hope will help researchers, policymakers and citizens understand whether increasingly strict measures affect the rate...

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504,303 people have (at the time of writing) volunteered to help the National Health Service in the UK.

NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak. To do this they need an 'army' of volunteers who can support the 1.5m people in England who are at most risk from the virus to stay well. The doctors, nurses and other professionals will be able to refer people in to NHS Volunteer Responders and be confident that they have been matched with a...

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An emergency event in a neighbouring authority highlighted how hard it was to identify vulnerable persons during a confirmed gas leak, Falkirk Council resolved to find a faster, more accurate and secure method for quickly identifying those in need during any type of emergency incident where local residents might be in danger.

Data was cleansed and uploaded to an electronic mapping system which allows us to identify vulnerable persons in a few simple clicks and has been hailed as qu...

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Members of the UK Communication Workers Union (CWU) who are workers in the Royal Mail postal service, have voted to put themselves as an "additional emergency service". In an internal ballot, they voted for this measure due to their transferrable skills, with the possibility of them undertaking tasks including delivering medical aid, checking on the vulnerable, and supporting people working from home.

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