Scotland’s Improvement Service (IS) has added its name to the Scalable Approach to Vulnerability Via Interoperability (SAVVI) initiative.
The organisation, which provides support for the country’s local authorities, has also joined the board of iStandUK – the body behind SAVVI – along with the Scottish Government.
It has also encouraged all local authority staff with responsibility for identifying and addressing vulnerability to actively engage with the ideas behind SAVVI.
The initiative is aimed at developing data standards to improve how councils can identify and support vulnerable people and households.
IS said: “As we deal with impact of the pandemic and the cost of living crisis cross the UK, it is increasingly important to know how and where to target funding in order to provide the most effective support to the hardest hit in our communities.
“Data can help determine how to optimise spending, from simply responding to people and households in crisis, to more useful prevention and early intervention approaches.”
It added that Perth and Kinross Council has recently utilised the SAVVI Engagement Service for advice on information governance in tis approach to rural child poverty.
The move by IS indicates the continued momentum behind the SAVVI programme. Earlier this year iStandUK outlined four workstreams for its third phase, and Wigan Council has made plans for expanding the use of shared data across a range of vulnerabilities.