Implementation of the Technical Infrastructure
(TI) and Client Information System (CIS) projects in the department
started in June. The TI includes setting up a corporate-wide network
and facilities to support communication and deployment of information
technology (IT) applications and joint initiatives. The CIS will
provide a workflow-based database which collects and shares client
data across the department for case management and service planning
purposes. The TI and CIS will be completed in 2005-06.
IT Strategy for the Social Welfare Sector
The Joint Committee on Information Technology
for the Social Welfare Sector endorsed the revised IT strategy in
October. It sets out the framework for exploiting IT to underpin
the corporate governance and business development of NGOs and encourages
sharing of IT knowledge, experience and applications.
At year-end, Lotteries Fund grants totalling about
$203 million were approved for implementing 29 IT development projects
in the social welfare sector.