Project: Digitalization Plan – Exploit data and analytics for smart digital planning
Singapore’s land use planning and conservation authority, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), takes a holistic and long-term land use planning approach to achieve sustainable development. This requires extensive amounts of data and close collaboration with economic, social, and development agencies, as well as consultation with stakeholders in private and public sectors. URA has made complicated data, analytics, and digital tools simple to use for planners, and create digital platforms to encourage data sharing, collaboration, and co-innovation across agencies and the industry.
A key component of the three-year Digitalization Plan is capability building. To drive this, one of the key initiatives is URA’s Analytics Immersion Program (#AIM), an in-house training program designed to seed a culture of planning that is data-driven and evidence-based. The four-month program equips officers with new skills and techniques in data analytics, including learning new software such as ArcGIS, R, and Tableau. At the end of the core training, officers can choose to work on projects to be presented to URA’s senior management. The projects go on to become joint-lab collaborations with agencies or are implemented as real work applications within URA. With these successes, more agencies have collaborated with URA, allowing them to strengthen the culture of digital planning within URA and our partner agencies.
The three-year Digitalization Plan facilitates integrated planning at the Whole-of-Government (WOG) level, providing better planning insights and drive productivity gain. It transforms urban planning processes, involves and empowers staff at all levels to contribute ideas, find solutions, and create a culture of innovation. It allows stakeholders, agencies, and customers to be engaged, share data and integrate business processes and systems.