To provide leadership and coordination to support the delivery of the digital tools. The group will maintain momentum for change, share good practice and avoid duplication of effort. It is intended to add value to existing efforts currently being taken forward separately and to perform a ‘horizon-scanning’ function across the wider resilience landscape.
The group is co-chaired by Defra and DCLG. Defra will provide secretariat support. The group will meet initially on a quarterly basis, to review the progress made in the five workstreams.
Individual projects will be organised thematically under workstreams. The intention is that the workstreams should provide momentum support to related projects, but the projects – several of which are already in train – will retain their own independent project management. Each workstream will decide how best to operate, but we recommend an approach based on a ‘virtual’ working group, using online collaborative working environments, such as Yammer, Trello or Google Hangouts.
In February 2015, the DCLG Local Digital Programme hosted a ‘flood resilience discovery day’, which explored how local and national organisations involved in flood mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery, could make better use of digital tools to work better together and increase UK flood resilience. The day brought together over 90 representatives from local authorities, fire services, Defra, Environment Agency, DCLG flood policy teams, the Cabinet Office Resilience Direct team, and the voluntary and third sectors. Together, we identified areas where central and local government could collaborate on designing digital solutions to solve problems, deliver savings and improve services both locally and nationally.
In addition, following the 2013-14 winter floods, Defra, DCLG and the EA have together been considering how digital tools could improve the information available to decision-makers in an emergency.
Our conclusion was that before we got working on particular digital tools and products to meet some of the needs identified, we needed to establish as a group to ensure projects taking forward digital tools were co-ordinated across all parts of Government with a role in flood management or responding to flood events and that they made used of best practice and tools developed elsewhere across Government.
Four themes have been identified as being the key areas that the group should consider. These themes, set out below will develop individual work streams, identifying projects were cross-government input will help aid delivery.
Those involved in the steering group and underlying themes include central government Departments and their agencies and local government leads.
Names are to be confirmed but to include:
See the Trello board for this project. It will be updated as each theme identifies deliverables.
(What is Trello? Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what’s being worked on, who’s working on what, and where something is in a process.)
Slides presented at the Co-Design Discovery Day about flood resilience that took place on 13 July 2015. Flood Resilience Digital Partnership Plan | Susanna May and Tim Godson from Department for…Read more
Presentation on the Flood Incident Management Plan for 2015 – 2020 and delivering a customer-focussed service. Presented by Craig Woolhouse, the Environment Agency’s Head of Flood Incident Management, at the Flood…Read more
Presentation on flood mapping data, improving flood mapping, and the data sharing platform. Presented by Simon Redding from the Environment Agency at the Flood Resilience Discovery Day in Bristol on 27…Read more
Presentation on ‘The Policy Overview – what is the Government’s ask from the local levelin preventing, preparing for, responding to and recovery from floods’. Presented by David Lees of Defra…Read more
Presentation on the Whether You Do Or Weather You Don’t (WUDOWUD) initiative led by Know Now Information in collaboration with the Hampshire Hub Partnership and supported by the STFC (Science…Read more
Presentation on ‘The role of digital in community-level warning and informing: A community perspective.’ Presented by Kevin Barnes, National Flood Resilience Team – Senior Advisor at the Environment Agency, and Charles Richards at…Read more