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OHI Data Navigator recognised by IDC for APAC contribution

By Zach Thompson
Thu 7 Jul 2022

IDC has chosen OHI Data Navigator as the best Asia Pacific Smart City project under its 2022 Smart City Asia/Pacific Awards (SCAPA) category under the Public Health and Social Services category.

Previously Thriving Rangatahi Population Explorer, OHI Data Navigator was one of two award recipients from Aotearoa to rank first in their respective categories.

“It is an absolute privilege for this project to be recognised in this way,” Rangatahi insights lead Ta’ase Vaoga says.

“To be recognised like this amongst so many great projects across Asia-Pacific is just staggering to consider.

“Our work in this project is really a testament to the fantastic team we have through our Partners and Steering Group.”

Partners Nicholson Consulting and Deloitte jointly manage the Data Navigator, and the Steering Group provides strategic and operational guidance and support, with representatives from the youth sector who share a variety of expertise in areas such as data analytics.

The IDC SCAPA selects winners using a six-stage benchmarking framework which measures the efficacy of the Smart City initiatives compared with other best-in-class projects across APAC.

Te Rourou Vodafone Aotearoa Foundation announced the accolade.

“Congratulations are in order for all the projects that went through this process. And to our partners and steering group past and present who have guided this mahi and made it reality,” Foundation head Lani Evans says.

“The IDC SCAPA team pours hours of consideration into these awards, including public voting across the region, and so it is no small feat to put your mahi out there in this way.

“We are grateful to IDC SCAPA for recognising just how important this project is and how it can make a difference to rangatahi across Aotearoa.”

OHI Data Navigator also released the 2021 data updates gleaned from the Integrated Data Infrastructure managed by StatsNZ.

It notes that although access to data is a high priority for the project, ensuring the platform adds value to the sector and is helpful to its users is also a driving factor behind its strategy.

As part of this, OHI Data Navigator says it will release further data sets as it continues its focus on supporting rangatahi to succeed in Aotearoa.

“As part of our responsibility to rangatahi, our mokopuna, future generations, we are providing support to the sector to understand the data and use it in the most effective way for their context,” Vaoga adds.

“This, we hope, will lead to better-informed decisions about the needs of rangatahi. At the end of the day, this is all to support rangatahi to thrive.

“Work is underway with our partners at Nicholson Consulting to include the New Zealand Health Survey data into the platform later this year.

“Bringing a range of data sets into the platform allows usto see greater depth to the experiences of rangatahi in Aotearoa.”

OHI Data Navigator is free to use and is focused on rangatahi (12-24 years of age), and users are able to access the platform after completing an application process.

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