Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) selects Williams Lea to develop its Troubled Families online data system

We are delighted to be helping DCLG by using our technology services and expertise to develop a online data system to capture data related to the Troubled Families programme, an important initiative to help turn around the lives of families.

The Troubled Families Programme was set up by government to improve the lives of families with problems and who cause problems to their communities, putting a high cost on the public purse. Via the Troubled Families programme, the government works with local authorities to help turn around the lives of these families and reduce costs in supporting them.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is responsible for evaluating and understanding the effectiveness of the Troubled Families programme. As such, DCLG required an online data system to assist gathering and analysing data to help measure the programme’s objectives.

DCLG selected Williams Lea to develop an easy to use online data system bringing together data currently held and used by individual local authorities. The system, currently in development, will allow the local authorities to submit information to the database and analyse the outcome of the steps they are taking to achieve the goals of the Troubled Families programme.

Williams Lea is developing the solution using MarkLogic technology and via an Agile development methodology aligned with the Government Service Design Manual approach. Williams Lea was selected given its tried and tested online system development experience and capabilities as well as its track record delivering no fail solutions for other public sector organisations.    

The Troubled Families initiative was recently mentioned in the Queen’s Speech as follows: 

To give new opportunities to the most disadvantaged, my Government will expand the Troubled Families Programme”

For the programme’s expansion to be confirmed in the Queen’s Speech is a demonstration of the importance of the project and Williams Lea is delighted to be supporting DCLG in delivering the Government’s priorities.

DCLG joins other leading organisations like the Office for National Statistics, the Environment Agency, The National Archives and The British Library who have all chosen Williams Lea’s technology solutions.   

Peter Camilleri, Business Development Director commented 'We are very proud to be helping DCLG and Local Authorities in their task to improve the lives of troubled families all over the UK.  We are pleased that our technology solutions are being deployed for such a worthwhile cause and are working hard to ensure this project is a resounding success.'