At a glance

Ada Lovelace Institute
6 months
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Since March 2020, the government's COPI notices have required NHS Digital to share confidential patient information with organisations tackling COVID -19. This has brought questions about the role of the public in making decisions about how their data is collected, processed and used into sharp relief. Ada Lovelace's data stewardship report explores some potential governance models which might support greater public involvement and control over how their data is used. 

It is in this context that Liverpool City Region has commissioned the University of Liverpool to establish a Civic Data Cooperative (CDC) to hold health and social care, and wider public datasets in trust for the residents of the region.

Involve is working with the University to design an engagement and governance strategy for the CDC.

Our approach

The project includes desk research to understand the possibilities for governance of data trusts / coops, working with Reema Patel and developing her work for the Ada Lovelace Institute.

We interviewed key stakeholders across the city region about the form of governance the CDC should develop and the role of the public within this, as well as how the public might be involved in decision making once the CDC is operational. We then hosted a stakeholder workshop to test options and to seek to develop a shared understanding of where public engagement could happen, and at what level.

In 2022 we will be working with the CDC to speak with community groups to see if they agree with the thoughts shared in the stakeholder workshop, and to explore residents’ perspectives.

Once these conversations are complete, we will develop an engagement strategy for the CDC. 

Involve welcomes the approach of the Liverpool CDC, and look forward to sharing our recommendations. 

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