Award history


Winner 2015

Stardotstar with First Steps

Stardotstar Stardotstar

The judges said

A clean and reassuring design that offered practical support for those considering becoming adoptive parents - easy to follow, informative and carefully considered

Entrant's description

First Steps is a free online resource, designed to help potential adopters across England understand the rewards and challenges of adoptive parenting. Containing audio programmes, videos, quizzes and tests, First Steps provides real insights from parents and adoption professionals allowing potential adoptive parents to progress through at their own pace, and discuss insights and issues with their social worker.

Trophies

Shortlist

  • BBC Learning with BBC iWonder
  • Fat Heads with website created for MMU Innospace
  • Stardotstar with First Steps

Criteria

An entry in this category can be any digital project commissioned by or executed by a public sector agency, for example a public sector website or app. Entrants should demonstrate how the project has achieved objectives for the public sector in a cost effective way.  Submissions should indicate which public sector organisation commissioned or executed the project so that this can be verified.


2014

Winner 2014

Manchester City Council with www.manchester.gov.uk

Manchester City Council Manchester City Council

The judges said

Three things stood out about this entry. The first was the clarity and usability of the site itself. The second was the determination and skill of the people behind it in implementing the Government template to deliver that quality of service. And the third was the results it achieved.

Entrant's description

"In April 2013, Manchester City Council launched its new website. The transformed site is based what people want to do on our website, ensuring they can find what they are looking for. Its responsive design is easily navigated on a smart phone or tablet – which 39% of website visitors now use – or a PC. The bold redesign includes clear icons guiding people to the pages they need, covering the most searched for subjects and tasks. 80% of visitors come to the site to complete a transaction and the new site firmly supports the Council’s channel shift programme."

Shortlist 2014

  • IEG4 Ltd. with Digital Local Welfare Assistance
  • Manchester City Council with www.manchester.gov.uk
  • Reading Room and Greater Manchester Museum's Group with Our Connected History Collections Website
  • University of Salford - Salford Business School with Passport to Trade 2.0

Criteria 2014

An entry in this category can be any digital project commissioned by or executed by a public sector agency, for example a public sector website, or an e-government project. Entrants should demonstrate how the project has achieved objectives for the public sector in a cost effective way. Submissions should indicate which public sector organisation commissioned or executed the project so that this can be verified.

 

2013

Winner 2013

DigitalLab@MMU with MyKE.Biz

DigitalLab@MMU DigitalLab@MMU

 

The judges said

When people talk about social networks, they often talk about the numbers of people signed up. But what really matters is how relevant those people are to other users. That's why the judges thought this entry was such a great idea, bringing Corridor Manchester businesses together in the social space to help build relationships, support innovation and drive growth.

Entrant's description

myKE (‘my Knowledge Exchange') is a social website for the Corridor Manchester area to help businesses innovate and grow through connecting with experts and sharing valuable resources and services. We aim to address some of the barriers experienced by businesses, helping to raise awareness of expertise available from organisations such as universities, the NHS, libraries or museums.

Shortlist 2013

  • Informed Solutions with Web-Based Consultation Portal for Digital Transformation
  • DigitalLab@MMU with MyKE.Biz

Criteria 2013

An entry in this category can be any digital project commissioned by or executed by a public sector agency, for example a public sector website, or an e-government project. Entrants should demonstrate how the project has achieved objectives for the public sector in a cost effective way. Submissions should indicate which public sector organisation commissioned or executed the project so that this can be verified.


2012

Winner 2012

d2 Digital by Design with Alcohol Relapse Prevention project

d2 Digital by Design d2 Digital by Design

 

The judges said

The judges thought this project was a fantastic example of the way interactive media is beginning to revolutionize healthcare. The project uses SMS to engage individuals with the service, and links them with key health workers, and the results so far have been dramatic. The service is significantly outperforming benchmarks for more traditional approaches and as a result has been re-commissioned by Bolton Primary Care Trust.

Entrant's description

As part of the Health Foundation Shine 2011 project d2 Digital won a grant to trial a new Alcohol Relapse Prevention Project in conjunction with the Bolton NHS and alcohol services. This intervention programme is highly engaging and supporting interaction between an individual and the service through mobile phones. Our dedicated web-based platform allows services to monitor client performance on a daily basis. It provides an area where feedback can be viewed and motivational encouragement text messages can be inserted for every client; allowing SMS to be highly personalised and relevant to an individual. The platform also provides rigorous reporting.

Shortlist 2012

  • d2 Digital by Design with Alcohol Relapse Prevention project
  • Stardotstar with Visible Trade for the Open University
  • Stardotstar with Salford Egg Interactive Tables for University of Salford and Electrosonic

Criteria 2012

An entry in this category can be any digital project commissioned by or executed by a public sector agency, for example a public sector website, or an e-government project. Entrants should demonstrate how the project has achieved objectives for the public sector in a cost effective way. Submissions should indicate which public sector organisation commissioned or executed the project so that this can be verified.

 


2011

Winner 2011

mediaburst with Florence

mediaburst mediaburst

 

The judges said

The winner in the Best Public Sector category is a deceptively simple yet innovative application of SMS technology, which delivers significant cost-saving benefits to the commissioning client and potentially life-saving benefits to its users.

Entrant's description

 

Florence is a very simple telehealth service provided on your mobile phone. Patients submit vital health readings via SMS and receive reminders, health tips, and alerts according to those readings. Clinicians can view readings on graphs that help identify health issues and track long term trends. They save hours by automating simple patient checks and get alerts when things don't look right.

 

 

Shortlist 2011

  • Clicks and Links Ltd with SMARTER
  • Code Computerlove with The Definitive Online Guide To East Manchester
  • Trafford Council/FutureEverything with DataGM
  • mediaburst with Florence

 


2010

Winner 2010

 

Lightbox Education with MP for a Week

Lightbox Education Lightbox Education

 

The judges said

The winner of this category delivered an ambitious and polished product to a difficult brief, going way beyond the expectations of the clients, stakeholders and the broader audience.

Entrant's description

The ‘MP for a Week' game places the player firmly in the shoes of an MP, experiencing first-hand the personal and professional dilemmas of a week in politics, taking responsibility for their decisions, and then seeing the implications on their careers. The drama is presented in an ever-changing environment, offering a diverse blend of strategy and experimentation, together with a high level of personalisation. A positive overall rating is the ultimate purpose of the game, just like the real thing. The game presents a uniquely credible and intriguing view of the political process.

Commended

Manchester Museums Consortium and Visit Manchester with Creative Tourist

The judges said

Public sector work often languishes in the shadow of commercial projects, so the judges wanted to award a commendation to a public sector site that delivered clear business benefits in a very competitive sector.

Entrant's description

Creative Tourist was developed by Manchester Museums Consortium, a group of nine separate museums and galleries that share a collective vision; to stage intelligent, thought-provoking and outward looking exhibitions and events that showcase the cultural credentials of Manchester in a national and international arena. It is the digital delivery tool for a strategic communications strategy that aims to enhance Manchester's image as a culturally credible city, impress key influencers, increase visitors (especially of the high spending kind), drive tourism and support the sustainability of both the museums and galleries sector and tourism businesses.

Shortlist 2010

  • Lightbox Education with MP for a Week
  • Manchester Museums Consortium & Visit Manchester with Creative Tourist
  • Pennine Telecom Ltd with Bridging the Digital Divide Net@BOSC
  • Studio Distract with Wrecked

 


2009

Winner 2009

Lightbox Education with Teacher Training Resource Bank (TTRB)

LABEL Lightbox Education - Best Public Sector TTRB

Click to see bigger photo

 

The judges said

We felt one project really stood out in this category. We were particularly impressed with the take-up by its target audience, as well as by how attractive and useful it is as a resource.

Entrant's description

"The TTRB was created to help improve practice in Initial Teacher Education by providing easy access to the research and evidence base which informs effective practice.

TTRB provides a personalised service, via a web portal, bringing together expert knowledge, facilitating web access to materials relevant to teacher education and supporting the development, review and dissemination of those materials.

The content is created for the teacher education community by the teacher education community, which gives the resource a credible, authoritative and contemporary feel."

Commendation

The judges also awarded a commendation to:

Stardotstar with hearmanchester.com

LABEL Hear Manchester

Click to see bigger photo

 

The judges said

This is a project in its very earliest phase which we regard as extremely elegant and already popular and innovative, and is deserving of a special commendation.

 

Shortlisted entries 2009

 


2008

Winner 2008

Best Public Sector Project was won in 2008 by Aerelink Limited with Wide Area Network Connectivity Project


2007

Winner 2007

The Best Public Sector Project was won in 2007 by New Mind with South West Region e-Tourist Project