Catalyst Projects

Catalyst projects are data innovation projects, run and delivered in partnership with Government agencies, businesses, and non-government organisations. They focus on addressing real world problems. Projects 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 three promising  projects focused on the Data Futures principles of trust or control.  The Partnership wanted to develop the inital project concept or solution and test scalability.

They are:

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Manaiakalani partnered with parents and teachers and collected data to design tailored solutions to future housing needs 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 current project will address the upcoming Anti-Money Laundering legislation that 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 here. [PDF, 374 KB]

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

See our work on Diagnose and Fix for the learning captured from our catalyst projects.