Information sharing might be driving the initiative: “wouldn’t it be good if we could…?”; or it might be supporting a wider programme of service transformation. It could also be a regular part of the business planning or service planning process. The toolkit includes tools which will be useful for you, whatever the situation.
Although the picture suggests the process is linear, in fact you are likely to cycle through the stages before implementation, refining, adjusting and developing. It’s also likely that, having implemented your initiative, you may be asked to review progress in order to start planning the second phase…
All of the products in the toolkit can be picked up and used without prior knowledge. However, they do provide guidance about what needs to be in place in order to be able to do what you need to do, so you might find you have to work backwards in order to go forwards. Alternatively, dip in and out however you find it helpful!
How to introduce the information sharing journey
The IISaM team have run a number of activities and training sessions to introduce and explore the idea of the information sharing journey, and to demonstrate how the tools on this site can be used. Here’s one example of a training session conducted for Leicestershire County Council’s Strategic Information and Technology team.
Aims of the day:
- Provide an overview of the toolkit and the underlying conceptual approach (the information sharing journey)
- Provide in-depth session(s) to explore how to use some of the key materials, and ultimately embed their use in the day to day work of the teams
- Encourage ongoing use of the tools to enable the tools to be refined