Practice development: collaborative working in social care
At the start and end of the collaborative project, participants, led by the project coordinator or manager, should meet with senior managers to discuss the project aims and outcomes respectively. At the end the discussion should consider the organisational changes required as a result of the emergent knowledge.
It is important for leaders within learning organisations to:
- ensure that people at all levels in the organisation, and people using services and their carers, are involved in organisational development
- promote openness, creativity and experimentation among members
- encourage members to acquire, process and share information
- nurture innovation and provide the freedom to try new things, to risk failure and to learn from mistakes
- recognise people as the creators and users of organisational learning
- model the openness, risk-taking and reflection necessary for learning.
Leaders that follow this model will be in a position to make good use of the knowledge from collaborative projects to support continuous improvement.
SCIE resources that may support and inform your work in this area
- Learning organisations: A self-assessment resource pack. This resource pack enables organisations to assess whether they use evidence-based practice and informed decision-making, and outlines the key characteristics of a learning organisation.