About dallas

The dallas (delivering assisted living lifestyles at scale) programme was developed by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK and joint funded by the National Institute for Health Research and the Scottish Government.

The programme tasked four consortia to think beyond traditional health and social care to consider how new ideas and technology can be used to improve the way people live. This included the full life cycle of engaging with communities to co-design and redesign services; to develop and roll out innovative solutions supporting self-care; to promote and increase digital inclusions and awareness of digital self-care; and to explore how to mainstream and sustain successful self-care products and services.

The result was a huge scale innovation programme testing new ways of delivering technology enabled health and care within communities throughout the UK between June 2012 and May 2015.

The four dallas communities delivering these aims were:

Living it Up (LiU)


More Independent (Mi)


Year Zero


i-Focus


The programme was independently evaluated by a team of researchers at the University of Glasgow and Databuild Research Solutions.

Improving Lifestyles

Key to the dallas programme was that it was about improving lifestyles and as such there were 6 key values underlying the programme (The 6 Cs). This involved examining ways to have a positive impact on control, choice, community, connectedness, contribution, and collaboration at both the individual level (e.g. people feel like they have better choices and they feel enabled to make these choices) and the systems level described above (people feel able to deliver the services and make it part of their routine care or work practices).

Programme Structure

dallas structure

The four communities

More Independent logo

Mi | More Independent

Mi is a Liverpool-based community, enabling people to take control of their own health, wellbeing and lifestyle through the use of technology.

Key impacts of More Independent:
key impacts MI
Living it Up logo

Living it Up

Living it Up is a digitally, enabled, thriving community of opportunities to support better health, wellbeing and active lifestyles in Scotland.

Key impacts of Living it Up:
key impacts LIU
Year Zero logo

Year Zero

Year Zero brings together expertise in healthcare, design, media and technology to develop user-centred tools that will deliver new digital healthcare services and enable citizens to take greater control of their own health and wellbeing.

 Key impacts of Year Zero:
key impacts year zero
i-focus logo

i-Focus

i-Focus is a community that has developed both statutory and consumer targeted services to promote and encourage a self-care/ self-management approach. It has a strong link to other sectors such as Utilities, demonstrating that interoperability can yield benefits by drawing together services to meet a person’s overall lifestyle needs.

Key impacts of i-focus:
key impacts i-focus