Catalyst Update

The Data Futures Partnership recently approved investment for a further 15 catalysts projects as part of our second tranche of this work stream. 

These are all data innovation projects focused on addressing real world problems and demonstrate innovation in relation to one of our four principles: trust, privacy, inclusion and control.  Each project must also provide match funding.
The selected projects operate across a range of sectors including iwi, business and NGOs. The challenges they address include access to services, the reporting of family violence, and support for rough sleepers.  Many of the projects involve different organisations who wish to work together to tackle a particular problem.  In the coming weeks, once final grant agreements are in place, we will announce the full details of each catalyst.  

We have also confirmed our investment in a project with the Tamaki Regeneration Company.  Tamaki (East Auckland) is an area of high social and economic deprivation with a high level of state intervention. Families in need must navigate through a myriad of social agencies which can delay their access to essential services.  The catalyst project hopes to develop an assessment tool that will extract relevant data to identify the needs of families, and help them navigate through the system quickly and efficiently. The improved data infrastructure will help improve social and economic outcomes for the Tamaki community.          

It is really exciting to have so many projects developed and close to investment. As the projects develop we will work with each of them to provide support, monitor their progress, and share learning so that we are able to enhance New Zealand’s wider data ecosystem.

Over the next few months the Data Futures Partnership (external link)  will be leading a conversation with a broad cross-section of New Zealanders about data use and sharing.  While we will champion the value of data, we also want to understand and test people’s concerns.

In the meantime, if you have any questions about our work, please do not hesitate to get in touch.