South London Partnership welcomes University of Essex’s partnership with the InnOvaTe Programme

29 November 2021

The South London Partnership’s InnOvaTe Project has partnered with the University of Essex to research and evaluate the use of Internet of Things (IoT) technology.

The review will cover a range of ongoing sensor trials, from fly-tipping prevention to flood monitoring and the safeguarding of vulnerable residents living in supported housing.

A team of academic researchers led by Professor Gina Yannitell Reinhardt, from the Department of Government at the University of Essex, has been commissioned to provide formative evaluation services for the InnOvaTe Programme. 

Professor Reinhardt is an evaluation expert who has worked with governments, policy practitioners and scholars around the world assessing the value and impact of projects in the spheres of local government, health, and disaster recovery.

The team will be assessing the behavioural aspects of the technology to determine its effectiveness in helping to tackle issues which affect residents and businesses in the South London boroughs.

David Grasty, Corporate Head of Digital Strategy at Sutton and Kingston Councils, said:

“We are constantly looking at ways to improve the quality and effectiveness of the services we provide, so this is a fantastic opportunity to have an impartial expert assess the work we are doing with the InnOvaTe Programme and to give feedback on how things are going and how things could be changed for future trials. 


“It’s the start of an exciting relationship and we are very pleased to be working with the University of Essex.”

Professor Yannitell Reinhardt, said

“We are delighted to be joining the South London Partnership to evaluate this ambitious and innovative cross-borough programme. 


“Our researchers will work with the programme managers, service leads and champions, and IoT sensor providers in order to review the data that is being collected, analyse how it is being interpreted, and determine the extent to which it is being used to provide an evidence base for service improvements and new initiatives.”

About the InnOvaTe Project:

South London Partnership is working with London Councils to deliver an exciting and innovative “Internet of Things” (IoT) project across the five south London Councils of Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Richmond upon Thames and Sutton.

This initiative is funded by the Strategic Investment Pot (SIP) as part of the London Councils Business Rates Retention scheme which is administered by the City of London Corporation, and hopes to improve people’s lives through the delivery of a multi-purpose Internet of Things (IoT) platform, which will connect various sensors across borough boundaries.

The project is led by Sutton Council, which was selected to oversee the project on behalf of the other boroughs.

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