Catalyst Projects

Catalyst Projects are data innovation projects, run and delivered in partnership with Government agencies, businesses, and NGOs. They are focused on addressing real world problems. Each project must demonstrate value and support at least one of our other four principles: trust, inclusion and control.   

Our Projects

In July 2017, the Partnership announced further investment in 3 promising existing projects which were focused on the two Data Futures Principles of Trust or Control.  The Partnership wanted to help them develop further and test their scalability.

They are:

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Manaiakalani partnered with parents and teachers and collected data to design tailored solutions to future housing opportunities in Tamaki. This community sourced, ‘bottom-up’ data collection demonstrated the value of social licence and tested issues relating to an individual’s trust and control of their data.

The next stage of this project will further develop the collection of community sourced data, extending it to health and education information sourced from the Tamaki area. The aim is to use this community sourced data to set out pathways for improved education outcomes.

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2Shakes, a GovTech start-up, is a cloud software solution that simplifies the client sign-up process for professionals like bookkeepers and lawyers.

In its first catalyst project, 2Shakes captured the authority to act on behalf of a client when an agreement has been made.  2Shakes’ software digitises the agreement, sets up the authority, and then retains the records so the authority can be checked or changed.

The project will address the upcoming Anti-Money Laundering legislation which increases the requirements on professionals for paper-based identification.  They are also looking at digitising and streamlining the bond refund process for tenants and landlords.

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Data Futures supported the development of a blueprint for a Data Commons where data is shared and controlled by participants based on a high trust relationship.

This additional funding will design prototypes, involving a small number of organisations who will pool data to develop and test the methodology.

You can read about our other individual projects from previous tranches here. [PDF, 374 KB]

We have also produced a summary document - download it here [PDF, 526 KB].

Catalyst projects operate across a range of sectors including iwi, business and NGOs. The challenges they address include improving transparency, providing a better evidence base for spending decisions, and providing improved access to services. Many of the projects involve different organisations who wish to work together to tackle a particular problem. 

Sharing the Learning

The learning from catalysts will be captured and shared to support other data innovators and the Partnership will work with project teams to tackle the challenges they face. Through the catalysts we also aim to build a greater public appetite for greater data sharing and innovation.  

Projects have explicit permission to describe what went wrong and what went well, and there will be a high tolerance for failure, as a necessary part of intentional experimentation and iteration. 

More Information

If you have a project idea that you think would meet the selection criteria for catalyst projects, there may be opportunities to develop it in future stages of our catalyst programme.  Please sign-up (external link)  to our newsletter to receive further information.

For more details about the catalyst programme, please contact