Government as a Platform (GaaP)

How can we design transparent and personalized governmental services for a digital age?

In the last decade an unprecedented digital transformation is taking place in the field of government technology (GovTech), leading not only to the digitation of traditionally offline services, but also to heated debates around privacy and access to data. How can citizens benefit from personalized services free of bureaucratic impediments, while engaging with digital processes they can trust? How can we design governmental services that shift the perception of government as a ‘black box’ to that of a trustful digital facilitator? The project explores such questions applying a service design approach, while its output is a proof of concept that is scalable to other municipalities throughout the Netherlands.

This project is the first of a series of 4 prototypes, part of ‘Government as a Platform’ (GaaP), a vision for digital transformation of the public sector in the Netherlands, commissioned by the Municipality of Haarlem and the Union of Dutch Municipalities (VNG).

This project focuses on the Sustainable Development Goals: