Local Waste Service Standards Project

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Our approach to service design, and what it could mean for you

23 Mar 2016

Service design consultant Sarah Prag shares some final thoughts on the approaches we’ve taken to delivering the project and how these might be applied more widely in local government. One of the aims of this project has been to demonstrate some service design principles and techniques. This was partly to help us deliver our own… Read more

Tech trends and the future of local waste services

17 Mar 2016

by Paul Mackay, Technical Lead for the DCLG Local Waste Service Standards Project, with contributions from Lead Local Authority Project Advisor, Ben Cheetham While our Local Waste Service Standards Project is a small pilot project, it is the first to look at an established local service from end-to-end and try to map the way towards the interoperable,… Read more

Reflections on developing the business case for the waste services standards project

11 Mar 2016

Sarah Prag shares some reflections on developing the business case for the Local Waste Service Standards Project. Why a business case? The central team involved with the Local Waste Service Standards Project knew that we’d need to be able to demonstrate the financial benefits of standards as part of our work (partly in order to… Read more

Reflections from Luton Borough Council on why they got involved

7 Mar 2016

Adam Thoulass, Web Transformation Programme Manager at Luton Borough Council, shares his reflections on being a part of the DCLG Local Waste Service Standards Project, and being the first council to demonstrate the standard in action. So why would a local authority web services team want to get its council involved in a project that looked incredibly… Read more

What our technical standards mean for you

4 Mar 2016

by Paul Mackay, Technical Lead for the DCLG Local Waste Service Standards Project Our February 22nd beta showcase marked the end of our product development phase, and the beginning of project wrap-up. So, in this blog, I want to explain how far I got in producing some common technical standards for council waste management that will… Read more

Beta Review: Waste Service Standards Project

1 Mar 2016

by Henry Mathes, Delivery Manager, Local Digital Waste Service Standards Now that our project’s beta phase has officially come to an end, it’s a good time to look back to reflect on what worked and what didn’t. The big question that comes to mind is: why is it that of our original five partner local… Read more

Alpha: Getting the data we needed to build stuff

12 Jan 2016

by Linda O’ Halloran, Head of Products at Local Digital Programme and Product Owner for Local Waste Service Standards Project My last blog listed our key observations in setting up a standards project and building momentum during the ‘alpha’ or product development phase of our project. This second set of alpha phase reflections focuses on the… Read more

Co-designing data standards for local services: Lessons learnt

4 Jan 2016

by Linda O’ Halloran, Head of Products at Local Digital Programme and Product Owner for Local Waste Service Standards Project When I last wrote, we’d just announced the outcome of our discovery process. We’re now in the final, ‘beta’ phase of our exploratory project to standardise how a local public service publishes and shares data. So,… Read more

Modelling waste services

26 Nov 2015

by Paul Mackay, Technical Lead for the DCLG Local Waste Service Standards Project In this, my 2nd blog on our emerging data standards for local waste services, I’ll focus on the data model I’m building, why it’s structured the way it is, and what I’ve learned about building common data models for local services so far.… Read more

Waste Service Standards Project – Alpha Update

1 Oct 2015

by Paul Mackay, Technical Lead for the DCLG Local Waste Service Standards Project After 8 weeks working on the 'alpha phase' of our Local Waste Service Standards Project, it's time for some reflections on what we've learned.           In my first 'working out loud' blog on this project, I'm going to introduce… Read more

Waste standards: The delivery approach – Working out loud blog

28 Sep 2015

by Sarah Prag This post is about the approach we’re taking to delivering the Local Waste Service Standard project. The project aims to apply the Government Digital Service principles of best practice in service design to a local service problem - and this includes working through a number of phases: Discovery, Alpha, Beta and Live.… Read more

Waste standards: What we’re prioritising and why – Working out loud blog

27 Jul 2015

by Linda O' Halloran, Head of Products, Local Digital Programme Local waste service standards project discovery results are in. Here's what made the final cut for the 'alpha' phase of the project and why. Discovery's done! Since May 2015, we've done an individual discovery event at each of our partner local authorities, followed by wider public… Read more

Local Waste Service Standards Project Blog 1: Project Plan

28 Mar 2015

by Linda O’ Halloran, Head of Products, Local Digital Programme We are delighted to announce that our Waste Service Standards Project is officially underway! In this, the first of our 'Working out Loud' posts, I’ll outline the plan, the timeline, and the key milestones we hope to hit over the coming months.   A bit… Read more

Two minutes with: the Localo waste standard API development team

23 Dec 2014

Localo aims to help local government to develop standards to allow systems to better interact and prevent vendor lock-in. Read more

Local and central government invited to help re-design waste services

22 Oct 2014

Registrations have opened for an event that aims to improve local waste services and avoid duplication by developing standards and tools for easier data sharing across councils. Read more

Could you help make waste less wasteful?

15 Oct 2014

If you could help make waste less wasteful, register now for the Waste Services Discovery Day! On November 4th waste service providers, local authority waste service managers, developers and business managers alike are invited to collectively uncover ways to improve local waste services at the Waste Services Discovery Day run by the DCLG Local Digital Campaign in Partnership with… Read more