Strengthening Social Care Analytics This funding programme aims to address key challenges to help the social care sector respond to COVID-19 and its aftermath.

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This programme is closed for applications.

  • This programme is funding projects that will help the social care sector respond to COVID-19 and its aftermath.

  • The projects will demonstrate how data analytics can be used to improve social care and help to catalyse further change in the social care data analytics system by sharing findings and methods with our community of practice. 

  • We're supporting five teams across the UK, with each team receiving up to £60,000 for projects that will run for up to 12 months.  

The Health Foundation has launched a new programme aiming to fund exemplar projects that demonstrate how data analytics can be used to improve social care.   

COVID-19 is having a profound impact on people needing and using care, and their carers. Analysis is urgently needed to help us understand the problems they are facing and the actions that need to be taken, ahead of a possible resurgence in the virus. 

The Health Foundation has explored the key challenges the social care sector is facing in the COVID-19 era. We have hosted workshops with people who use care services, carers, providers, care technology developers, local authorities, researchers, and membership bodies for providers and for front-line staff. Participants came from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, from domiciliary care and residential care, and included adults with a range of ages, needs and experiences.    

Our workshops identified three key priorities:   

  • Improving the quality of social care for cohorts of people that experience the worst outcomes.   
  • Building a resilient, safe workforce.     
  • Understanding the lived experience of people needing social care.     

We want to support social care providers and commissioners to tackle these problems using innovative data analytics. In some cases, this may require new data collections to be made. 

The pandemic has revealed major weaknesses in the social care data system. These problems made it harder for the country to respond to outbreaks and to support carers to provide care during the pandemic, and ultimately led to avoidable suffering for our most vulnerable people.  

We are supporting teams that will demonstrate the effective use of data analytics in social care, and that will share their learning with other social care analytics teams, including through our new community of practice.

Further reading


Strengthening social care analytics in the wake of COVID-19: initial findings

2 July 2020

The Health Foundation and Future Care Capital have teamed up to explore the key data challenges the...


Strengthening social care analytics during the pandemic and beyond

5 May 2020

Adam Steventon, Sarah Deeny and Ellen Coughlan explore how we can support better data analytics for...

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