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by Nortal

The era of personalized end-to-end digital services

The advent of a personalized, post-digital era of government has the potential to revolutionize the citizen–state relationship. Countries worldwide are adapting to meet the evolving demands of tech-savvy populations; this shift not only reflects the changing landscape of public services, but also marks a significant change in user expectations—in turn impacting public satisfaction, engagement, and trust in government.

In this guide, we’ll explore how technological evolution is shaping the future of governance and its implications for society.

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The digital services evolution

Traditional public service approaches are failing in an uncertain and volatile landscape. The importance of adaptability, rapid market entry, and diverse thinking are increasingly key for success.

In an age where private sector giants have set high standards for digital engagement and convenience, citizens now expect similar experiences from government services. The current user expectations center on:

  • Accessibility. Services should be available 24/7, without the need for physical office visits.
  • Speed and efficiency. Processes should be streamlined, with minimal bureaucratic delays.
  • Personalization. Services should cater to individual needs and remember past interactions.
  • Transparency. Citizens deserve clear information on how services work and the status of applications or inquiries.
  • Security and privacy. Assurance that personal data is protected and used responsibly is essential.

These expectations have prompted governments to reimagine their digital offerings, focusing on creating a seamless, user-friendly, and inclusive digital infrastructure.

Crafting a personalized digital services ecosystem for the public

Personalized end-to-end digital services aim to create a more user-friendly experience by reducing bureaucracy, simplifying processes, and providing services that are more closely aligned with the user’s needs.

In the pursuit of proactive public services, certain technological pillars are a must—think digital identity, data quality, digital signatures, and enhanced overall service delivery, for starters. They serve as the foundational blocks for governments to anticipate citizen needs, streamline service provision, and maintain the integrity and efficiency of public services.

Digital identity

Digital identity is a critical enabler for the provision of government services, offering a secure and verified means of identifying citizens online. It’s the cornerstone of personalized service delivery, wherein citizens, their preferences, and their entitlements are understood without repetitive data entry.
A robust digital identity framework can facilitate a range of services, from tax filing to healthcare access. With digital identities, services can be tailored and proactive—for example, prompting citizens to renew documents before they expire.

Data quality

Data quality is the lifeblood of proactive public services. Accurate, timely, and relevant data enables governments to make informed decisions, identify trends, and anticipate the needs of the public. High-quality data allows for service automation and the early identification of issues before they escalate into larger problems. Ensuring data quality requires robust systems for data collection, processing, and analysis, as well as stringent data governance practices to maintain the integrity and confidentiality of the information.

Enabling digital signatures

Digital signatures provide a secure and legally recognized way to execute agreements and official documents electronically. By enabling digital signatures, governments can significantly reduce paperwork burden, expedite decision-making processes, and offer convenience to citizens who no longer need to be physically present to sign documents. This is essential for making proactive service delivery a reality, as it allows for quicker turnaround times and supports a more agile government infrastructure.

Enhancing overall service delivery

The ultimate goal of integrating digital identity, data quality, and digital signatures is to enhance overall service delivery. This means creating a unified and user-friendly digital ecosystem that can proactively address citizen needs. Integrated service delivery implies that different government departments and agencies can collaborate and share information seamlessly, thereby offering a holistic experience to users.

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Technical foundations of public digital services

Of course, developing public digital services includes prioritizing a solid technical foundation. The following four technical building blocks are essential:

  • A functioning digital identity ecosystem that allows users to securely access proactive public services.
  • Accurate and up-to-date data, to provide a reliable and efficient service at scale.
  • Capabilities to exchange personal information safely and efficiently within all public administration areas, ideally including health and relevant private sector services.
  • Enhanced, secure, and legally compliant electronic communication between individuals, government, and companies.

In developing an infrastructure for proactive public services, one must pay particular attention to:

  • Data quality
  • Data governance
  • Establishing data-sharing agreements between stakeholders
  • Ensuring accurate metadata
  • Actualizing the once-only principle
  • Implementing a strong regulatory framework for data governance

Transitioning digital public services to a proactive model requires a thorough grasp of the processes and stakeholders involved, coupled with the willingness and experience to reassess them. This strategic approach can drive transparency, promote human development, foster public approval, and save public departments billions of dollars.

Shaping a digitally empowered future

The changing landscape of digital government services reflects a broader shift toward more interconnected, responsive, and user-oriented forms of governance. By prioritizing the expectations of users, governments can enhance public satisfaction, foster deeper engagement, and build trust. As institutions continue to navigate this digital evolution, the focus must remain on creating inclusive, secure, and empowering services that meet the needs of all citizens—reinforcing the foundations upon which trust in public institutions is built.

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