New partnership for LSIA and SAP Institute for Digital Government

Published: Wednesday 28th October 2015

(Left to right) Professor Patrick Heaven, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) (Acting), ACU;  Isabella Groegor-Cechowicz, Global General Manager Public Sector, SAP  – Germany; Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith, Institute Director Learning Sciences Institute Australia, ACU; Brian Lee-Archer, Global Public Sector Solutions – Social Protection and SAP Institute for Digital Government

ACU’s Learning Sciences Institute Australia (LSIA) is one of five foundation partners of the new SAP Institute for Digital Government. Established to spur public sector innovation, the SAP Institute will, in collaboration with government agencies, universities and partner organisations, facilitate innovation through digital technology for deeper policy insight and improved service delivery.

The SAP Institute’s other partners are the Australian National University, European Social Network, International Social Security Association and National Disability Insurance Agency.

The Institute will formally launch on Tuesday at a lunch at the National Disability Insurance Agency’s NDIS New World: Disability in the 21st Century Conference.

Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith, LSIA Director, said LSIA was delighted to partner with the new Institute.

“Linking education, social and health outcomes is among the highest priorities in innovative research. Predictive analytics are key in this venture. LSIA welcomes the partnership with SAP to generate new knowledge to inform policy and practice for improving the well-being, learning and life chances of young people,” she said.

The Institute, with its partners, is developing programs of collaboration activity in areas such as innovation in using predictive analytics in real-time decision-making and policy development, service options for people with disability, data exchange for international social security agreements and advancing the development of naturally connected systems for the social protection industry.

Brian Lee-Archer, SAP Institute for Digital Government, said the Institute is concentrating on developing its social protection capability during 2015 and will expand to cover other areas of government such as future cities and national security in 2016.

“Social protection is one of the highest touch points for a government with its citizens and innovation through digital transformation will contribute to improved social and economic outcomes. The Institute looks forward to working with client organisations and our partners around the world.”