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President's Awards 2018 - enter now!

1 February 2018

The ADEPT Annual Dinner and President's Awards is taking place at Royal Horseguards, One Whitehall, London on Thursday 3rd May.

Simon Neilson, ADEPT  President, wishes to acknowledge the work of ADEPT members and partners across the country. The award categories are as follows:

Category 1: Places that work for people – improvements that make a real difference to local residents’ quality of life

Local authorities are constantly looking for ways to achieve more for less whilst seeking to ensure they continue to deliver quality services for residents and communities. This category looks at how through innovation, local authorities have made a real difference to the lives of local communities by providing better, outcome-focused services or projects.

Judges will be looking for evidence of: 

  • A service or project that has delivered improved outcomes to the lives of its users
  • Demonstrable examples of a joined up approach to local services that deliver more for less including cross public, private and voluntary sectors
  • Innovative projects that have attracted funding from a number of different sources

Category 2: Digital innovation / technology SPONSORED BY RINGWAY

ADEPT, its partners and central government have a shared ambition to create SMART Places, where digital innovation and innovative approaches are adopted to shape places that are sustainable, resilient, accessible, and promote well-being. Adopting SMART approaches has the potential to be a game changer to the delivery of strategic outcomes and, at the same time improving efficiency and effectiveness whilst reducing costs across the public sector.

Judges will be looking for evidence of:

  • Successful digital innovation and the imaginative use of new technology
  • A service or project that has delivered improved outcomes for users
  • The transformation of a service, department or organisation.

Category 3: Improving the environment, promoting health

This award is to celebrate excellence in the delivery of environmental services - in particular energy, waste management, green spaces, local air quality, flood and water management - that also generate public health benefits. Entries will be judged on the innovation of their submissions and the extent to which it has improved the natural environment in their area and/or the efficiency of service delivery.

Award entries will be judged upon:

  • The extent to which the council’s work was an innovative response to a significant concern
  • The quality of the outcomes obtained from the project, for instance in improved or more efficient services
  • Links between environmental sustainability and other policy areas, particularly public health
  • Evidence of buy-in to the project or its goals from members of the local community or external organisations.

All we need is 500 words outlining the project and a tweet length summary. Send your entries to The deadline for entries is Friday 23 March. Good luck!

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