Tuesday, 29 June 2010

The Regional Policy Collaboration Pilot - Cardiff FAN Club meeting and coming to close

The FAN Club meeting in Cardiff provided the opportunity to share the team’s experiences in collaborative futures work, an overview of the futures content we had developed and for FAN Club members to work with the FutuerScape application in a workshop environment.

The agenda for the project review was:
  • Context
  • Challenges and benefits
  • Our collaborative journey
  • Creating the FutureScape model
  • Scottish perspective on the story so far
The intentions are to provide a copy of the final report via the Strategy Exchange so it’s not my intention to repeat all the content detail here, but are a selection of the key slides from the Cardiff meeting:

The next steps identified (and their current status) are:
  • To conduct a pilot project “wash up” telecon to inform final feedback – complete.
  • For the partners decide if / how to take the work forward after the FAN Club meeting – complete.
  • To agree how to broaden FAN Club access to the work – under way.
  • To create a report to describe the process and futures content, and make available via the Strategy Exchange and Horizon Scanning Centre – under way.
One follow up action completed has seen the original 60 event roadmap become available via a public SharpCloud directory. You can see the roadmap at this address:


To view the model, you will need MS Silverlight installed on your computer; otherwise no additional access rights are required to initially review the roadmap.

The Regional Policy Collaboration Pilot - Assessing similarities and differences

The assumption going into this work was that there was significant common ground on the issue of ageing between Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales as well as shared desire to explore a new approach to futures working and to do so in collaboration with other parties.

But the analysis conducted on the outputs – the prioritised 24 events - from the second workshop challenged that notion. Or at least said that the differences in the feedback need to be explored so that there was clarity about where the partnering opportunities and differences might be.

In this analysis, we saw limited agreement on the potential impact of the events but a reasonable degree of agreement on the likelihood.
This table looks at the degree of clear agreement, where agreement / dis-agreement is unclear, and clear disagreement in the ratings allocated for the impact of each of the 24 events on the societal and economic opportunities of an ageing population and likelihood of the events taking place.

The degree of agreement or otherwise could be the result of different interpretations of the underlying data - the definition of an event and its implication, for example - so further exploration would be required to assess the potential for ongoing collaboration in these areas.

While there is scope for further potential discussion, just one event – Negative Dependency Ratio – saw agreement across the three administrations on impact and likelihood.

The Regional Policy Collaboration Pilot - Workshop 2 - LONDON (amid volcanic ash!)

It seems a little while ago now, but the second workshop took place at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills Conference Centre. The objective for the workshop was to make sense of the model, consider the implications for policy development and agree potential next steps.

Our agenda to achieve this was:
  • Conducting a brief re-connecting session
  • Selecting and rating the critical future events
  • Focusing on the most likely / highest impact events
  • Seeking to understand how we could use FutureScape to consider the potential implications on policy development.
Attendance was somewhat limited by the fall out (literally!) from the volcanic ash cloud; nevertheless, the work gave rise to some important insights and provided the basis for some off-line work to determine the nature of any potential overlap between the three participating administrations.

Having identified these 24 high impact / most likely events, we focused on one event that was of interest to the workshop participants and that looked likely to have a number of important relationships: the Silver Workforce.

Here is what we developed in terms of potential policy implications, actions and resources that could be needed to implement the policy:

The next step was to consider the degree of agreement or otherwise between the three administrations about the relative significance (impact and likelihood) of the 24 events. This analysis could indicate the potential for greater collaboration in specific areas of ageing policy development.