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