BLOG: KEEPING YOU IN THE LOOP
Firstly, welcome to our updates section where we will be posting exclusive news and blogs from the Digital Office, project teams and our other stakeholders who have an influence on the work we do.
Over the last year, there has been a lot of work being carried out throughout the Digital Partnership and we have just brought in some Communications resource (Siobhan Martin) to help us let everyone know what is going on and to make sure that everyone gets the chance to get involved.
I offered to start with the first blog and tell you about how lots of colleagues across the local government family are involved in the Digital Partnership and the Digital Office.
We have three boards that govern the Digital Partnership. Firstly, we have the Executive Board which I chair and this keeps an overview of the whole programme of work. Mark Armstrong from Angus Council chairs the Strategy and Performance Board and he makes sure that the Digital Partnership is on track to achieve its long term aims. He also ensures that we are working closely with the many other public and third sector organisations who are helping us to digitally transform public services. Annemarie O’Donnell, Chief Executive from Glasgow City Council chairs the Delivery Board which ensures that we are making good progress on all our projects. Each of these boards has the active involvement of colleagues across all parts of local government who are working hard to ensure that by collaborating we are making faster progress that we can on our own.
Also over the last year, the Digital Office has managed to increase the resources available to local government through collaboratively working with partners and we now have a number of posts which have been externally funded but will be working on our behalf to support our local authorities.
This is a great start however we are still encouraging Councils to get actively involved in our projects and share information on their own projects that may benefit other Councils or that the Digital Office can support them with.
All Scottish local authorities are facing the same resource restraints however we all still want to be delivering top class services to our citizens therefore collaborative working is the way forward.