There’s a real expectation that cities and municipalities will be innovative – almost by default. Innovation requires skilled staff and a flexible organisation, so Like! explored ways to develop organisations to embed innovation in how they work and in how they design and improve services.
LIKE’s Smarter Services work developed new ways of working with citizens and service users to use data and information to complement efforts to co-design better services. There were three themes: 1) Data for Smarter services, 2) Local services, and 3) Channel and content strategies
LIKE! has been developing new ways for cities and communities to use data – to design and deliver better services, and to make better policy decisions for communities.
The ‘Creating Digital DNA’ work in LIKE! has focused on 3 areas: 1) Digital dashboards, 2) Local data for local services, and 3) the Internet of things (IoT).
Like! aims to significantly enhance the capacity of the public sector to facilitate and deliver innovation, resulting in the development of a wide range of services using innovative solutions to deliver better public services.
I spent three years managing the Smart Cities Academic Network, which was set up to provide support to the Smart Cities Project. This case study summarises the SCAN approach and identifies the key outcomes.
The Smart Cities project brought together 13 cities and universities from the North Sea region of Europe to share ideas and pilot initiatives to make their cities smarter.