Beyond Action Learning report


‘Beyond Action Learning’, the latest co-produced report generated through What Works Scotland’s collaborative inquiry work with and within Aberdeenshire CPP, has just been published online – view here. Here, Fiona Soutar (NHS Grampian), Jane Warrander (Aberdeenshire Council) and James Henderson (WWS) consider the learning from the Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Change Fund ‘Beyond Action Learning’ initiative (2011-13). Fiona and Jane facilitated this initiative using collaborative groupwork with local multi-disciplinary health and social care teams across Aberdeenshire. They drew creatively and flexibly from both an ‘action learning sets’ approach and improvement thinking on using data and changing systems, working to empower local teams to develop shared practices, policies and actions.


This adds to the body of local inquiry work involving Aberdeenshire’s CPP, HSCP and third sector and WWS in exploring the potential of collaborative learning to support multi-layered partnership-working. These include an action research project to learn from the ‘Community Links Worker approach’ piloted in Insch; and scoping work through a Collaborative Learning Day to learn more from local experiences of ‘partnership and participation’. Further co-produced materials on Prevention and on Community Capacity-Building are in the pipeline. More generally across Scotland, WWS is generating a wider number of resources relevant to public service reform; to join the WWS emailing list view here.