Tag Archives: GDS

The digital transformation of ‘Education and Families’

In autumn last year I started leading on a project to redevelop DCC online information about schools and services for children and families. This covered a huge area of our website and existing information was split in two very separate sections – ‘children and families’ and ‘education and learning’ – in line with distinct council service areas.

As a parent myself I’d always felt that that the navigation (let alone design) of the existing site wasn’t aimed at the needs of users – parents, carers and young people. Simple tasks that you would expect to be able to carry out easily, such as finding school term dates, applying for a school place or searching for childcare meant numerous clicks or wading through pages of unnecessary service jargon to find what you were looking for.… Read the rest

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Unpicking data and using it to shape development

One of the changes we've made to this blog recently is a drive to make it more dynamic, with regular, snappy updates about projects, ideas or anything else related to change and transformation. As I haven't contributed for, ahem, quite a while, I'll use that as an excuse for the less-than-snappy post that follows. This actually started out as a report about a specific piece of work, which evolved into a blog post as I thought it was worth sharing. I hope people find it interesting. Posted in Digital | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Last Two Weeks

Time flies when you're having fun! (and working hard, of course). Another busy couple of weeks for the Webteam...development, design, publishing, special guests and more! Posted in Digital | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why reinvent the wheel

As we progress on our content strategy journey, we have started to look at the principles and standards that guide us as we move forward. Posted in Digital | Tagged , | Leave a comment