Living and Breathing Data in Wellbaing


City of Oulu

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The brief

The city of Oulu aims to provide better, multi-channel and cost-effective services. The development of services, products and operating models is to be strengthened by wider and more active involvement and participation of local, public and private companies. The goal is for Oulu to be the most intelligent and the most responsible city in Europe by 2020 and for it to have a vibrant city community that utilizes the possibilities of digitalization. In this project, the focus is on influencing life management and the well-being of children, young people and families, through changing the organizational culture of schools, based on what is seen in concrete data.

The background

Well-being information is collected through a variety of methods. The problem is often the delay in obtaining and analyzing information. Cases that could have been addressed early have been ignored, and information about it (or the indicators for that information) have not been known or used at the right time. Reactions that do arise are, as a result, often the rising from symptoms rather than caused by the root problem. It is essential to strengthen the operating culture in educational organizations as well as their operating models. This must also support how, for example, different types of encounters are used to strengthen and empower students, by mediating those experiences. Information is necessary to reinforce the culture present in the school's organizational structures. We must learn how we can anticipate and detect, in a timely fashion, the issues affecting the well-being of children and young people and therefore direct our support at the earliest possible stage.

The problem

- Utilizing real-time knowledge of well-being in leadership and reinforcing multidisciplinary cooperation    -Focusing on creating new, straightforward, tangible, and necessarily recognized methods for sending and receiving information indicating well-being     -Exploring issues, needs, operating models, solutions for communicating and managing real-time information and its effectiveness     -Understanding the relevant expectations from the perspective of different end-users (children, young people, guardians, teachers, principals, support services)     -Identifying what technical and technological solutions could be used to convey information     -Searching for social effects, such as exclusion, social isolation and depression