Building a Powerful COVID-19 Dashboard for Suffolk County Council
Local Authorities across the UK have played a pivotal role in managing the public sector response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the many challenges they faced was the urgent need to collect and interpret public health data, so that local and national decisions could be made quickly and with evidence-based confidence.
For Suffolk County Council, moving from data to insight for a population of around 750,000 people required a rapid and innovative change in approach. The Council moved to develop what became known as their 'Coronawatch' dashboard, designed to provide not only public access to critical COVID-19 information, but also available in greater depth privately for key stakeholders, partners and decision-makers.
Visualised as a series of dashboards using Microsoft PowerBI, the solution – developed in close cooperation with IJYI – was designed to increase the stability and resilience of their infrastructure, reduce the need for manual data input and automate a range of key processes to deliver the agility required.
Not only has this experience delivered a powerful set of capabilities to help address major public health issues, it has also helped inform the way the Council and colleagues from other local government organisations approach the collection, analysis, management and delivery of data and the vital guidance it can provide.