Data Exchange Project

The Data Exchange Project

a) Enable data to be moved from schools to DfE (and others) more quickly based on a common data model. b) Automate data checking and validation, supporting the provision of high quality data to the sector. c) Support the exchange, use and maintenance of all data in the education sector.

Reference number: 1039

Deadline date:30/04/2013

This deadline is for… end of the consultation period

Contract value:£0 – £0

Location where the contract is to be carried out: England

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? Yes

Name of the buying organisation: Department for Education

 

Description of the contract

In late 2012, the review of the Department’s analytical functions reported. The recommendations placed a strong emphasis on DfE moving towards technologies which: a) Enable data to be moved from schools to DfE (and others) more quickly based on a common data model. b) Automate data checking and validation, supporting the provision of high quality data to the sector. c) Support the exchange, use and maintenance of all data in the education sector, including awarding organisations. In response, DfE are currently exploring ways of exchanging data between existing systems in schools and LAs and the Department. It is hoped that the Data Exchange Project can enable data be moved far more quickly than current processes allow. The intended solution would cover the entire range of school, children’s services and finance data required by DfE. Putting these transfer mechanisms in place should improve the flow of information not just in to DfE, but across the sector. We are keen to learn about recent practice where technologies have been implemented to overcome similar challenges. As such we intend to speak with a range of system suppliers and developers of appropriate technologies during Spring 2013. This will involve discussions with School Management Information System suppliers and informal presentations and discussions with technology companies who can help us understand the range of possible solutions to meet our requirements. We also anticipate discussions with potential partner organisations with similar data transfer objectives going forward. This phase of knowledge building will be done in parallel with the documentation of our requirements, which will be developed over Spring 2013. Once we have requirements detailed, it is likely an Industry Boot Camp will be advertised and held, as an opportunity to input to the requirements in an open environment which will encourage innovative thinking alongside feasibility checking. We also intend to invite Proofs of Concepts of the various technologies, aiming to demonstrate the effectiveness of rapid data exchange to meet our response to the Review. More detailed information and documentation to support both of these activities will be publicised on the DfE website in due course. Following the detailed documentation of our requirements we will be able to announce whether any procurement exercise will be taken forward. The Review is due to be published externally shortly, but if you would like to know more about the recommendations of the analytical review, or would be willing to support our information gathering process during March and April, for example by demonstrating data exchange solutions you have deployed recently, please contact Iain.Bradley@education.gsi.gov.uk, who is leading DfE’s Data Exchange Project.

 

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Classification of the contract

72000000 IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support

 

Additional information

Who to contact

Contact name Iain Bradley

Organisation name Department for Education

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How to apply

Contact Iain.Bradley@education.gsi.gov.uk, who is leading DfE’s Data Exchange Project.

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