The Lightning Lab GovTech 2019 cohort has a variety of local and central government projects that fit into broad themes including E-government, Transport and Wellbeing.
MEASURING WHAT MATTERS TO MĀORI
Social Investment Agency (SIA)
As the social sector moves towards a wellbeing framework, traditional methods of measuring impact no longer reflect the value many service providers create. Manawa, the team from Social Investment Agency, Te Tihi and Te Hau Awhiowhio o Otangarei Trust, are re-designing the way we measure service providers’ outcomes to focus on a more holistic, community-based measurement of wellbeing impact. The team will focus particularly on measuring wellbeing impact in the Māori community.
IMPROVING WASTE MANAGEMENT PRACTICES TO KEEP OUR GREEN SPACES PRISTINE
Department of Conservation (DOC)
Access to New Zealand’s famous wilderness is one of our greatest assets. For the Department of Conservation, it is also one of the biggest challenges. It is easy to forget how difficult and costly maintenance, transport, treatment and disposal of wastewater can be in the remote corners of our country.
Maintaining toilet facilities is one of the biggest problems facing day-to-day management at different DOC sites. Maintenance of the 2000 toilets and 100 amenity blocks requires in excess of 10,000 recorded staff hours annually. The Department of Conservation team will explore how DOC can improve waste management practices to keep our green spaces pristine.
LOOKING AFTER THE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL WELLBEING OF SENIORS IN THEIR HOMES
Horowhenua District Council and Electra
Seniors have much higher rates of long-term health conditions and disabilities that require support on a daily or regular basis. The effects of these conditions are compounded if seniors are isolated or not appropriately supported by their family, community or caregivers. Seniors therefore need better in-home support to maintain their independence and confidence living in their homes.
This is a collaborative project between all agencies involved with the welfare of seniors and the Horowhenua District Council, as well as Electra’s SECURELY™ Independence technology team and other aged care organisations. The team will explore how in-home technology could be used to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of seniors in their homes, as well as their caregivers.
CREATING A FEEDBACK LOOP BETWEEN LOCAL DECISION MAKERS AND THE DIVERSE COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE
Wellington City Council
Traditional efforts to engage the public are not always hitting the mark, with decision-makers responsible for delivering public interest projects often not well connected with the communities for whom they are delivering these projects. Often, issues with projects only surface once the project is delivered, at which point it can be too costly and impractical to remedy.
A team from Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Intergen, begun working on how to engage a wider range of people in consultation on public interest projects through the GHD Smart Seeds programme. This team will further explore technology and incentives to bridge that gap, balance the conversation and close the feedback loop as part of the Lightning Lab GovTech programme.
DIGITAL IDENTITY AND WHAKAPAPA
EXPLORING THE CONNECTION BETWEEN DIGITAL IDENTITY CONCEPTS AND TE AO MĀORI
Department of Internal Affairs and Ahau
This joint project between the Department of Internal Affairs and Āhau will explore the connection between digital identity concepts and elements of Te Ao Māori such as whakapapa and whenua. They will look at how new technology could support iwi, hapū, whānau and Māori organisations to achieve their aspirations, for example in proving who are and your whakapapa and how this could relate to whenua decision making.
FAMILY VIOLENCE PORTAL
A CONSISTENT APPROACH TO SUPPORTING PEOPLE EXPERIENCING FAMILY HARM ACROSS NEW ZEALAND.
Ministry of Social Development and National Council of Independent Women’s Refuges
New Zealand has a family violence problem, with as many as one in three people experiencing, or will experience, some form of domestic violence in their life. This is happening out of the public eye which makes it difficult to provide help and support to the people who need it most. The sector is in need of a consistent approach across the country.
The National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuge (NCIWR), with partners are exploring what a family harm help portal might look like. This project will be a collaboration between the family harm sector and government agencies – led by MSD. The team will develop a solution prototype and long term roadmap. The aim is to create a centralised source of information, connection and support that is inclusive of people from all backgrounds.
DELIVERING PUBLIC TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE
USING THE PORIRUA STATION AS A TEST CASE FOR PROJECT MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORKS
Greater Wellington Regional Council
Local government decision makers are tasked with delivering projects that serve the interests of their communities. Greater Wellington Regional Council’s current project delivery process is inconsistent, resulting in some incomplete projects and unspent capital budget each year.
GW wants to optimise the delivery of projects through clear goals and robust metrics to determine the success of projects. A cross-functional team from GW will focus on the Porirua Station Rail/Bus Interchange as the test case for developing a scalable project management framework. The aim of this framework will be to achieve better project design, delivery, governance and measurement.
THE MaaS WELLINGTON PROJECT
A SMOOTH TRAVEL EXPERIENCE FOR WELLINGTONIANS
Greater Wellington Regional Council and Centrality
We have never been more spoiled for choice when it comes to getting around Wellington. Public transport, ride-sharing, electric scooters and bicycles give us many ways of getting from A to B. With different providers service different stages of the journey, which means commuters are using several services (and making several payments) as part of their daily experience. A smoother system is possible.
The MaaS Wellington Project wants to prove we can create this smooth travel experience for Wellingtonians. Starting with the mobility needs of residents, the market access needs of providers, and the information needs of the government, the team will deliver a technical proof-of-concept. This will show we have the tools to create a mobility marketplace that works for everyone. Technology proofs are the first step on a journey to help Wellingtonians get around quicker and easier, and make daily travel in the city a better experience for everyone… in short, to get Wellington moving
PUBLIC SECTOR INNOVATION FRAMEWORK
Government agencies and relevant stakeholders need a long term comprehensive and collaborative approach to public sector innovation in New Zealand if we are to continue building on our reputation as a stand out ‘digital nation’. Lightning Lab Govtech presents an opportunity for collaboration across the system and for this collaboration to be the catalysts for a concerted effort by all parties to establish a New Zealand Public Sector Innovation Framework.
Department of Internal Affairs, ACC, MiddleWare NZ
The current way people manage consent for others to access their information is usually with the tick of a box, at the end of a catch-all terms and conditions. This way of consenting can leave people feeling confused about what they’re agreeing to and ultimately that they are not in control of their personal information. The team from DIA and ACC will explore what approach people would prefer in order to give their informed consent to share their personal information. This is a key element of the Digital Identity Transition Programme and a high priority for a number of government agencies and private entities.