The change team at the Improvement Service helps councils and their partners to deliver transformational and operational level change. Our support offer is based on what councils have told us they need as well as research into the overall challenges facing the sector so that we can offer support on a proactive basis.
The services and products offered by the change team are free to all local authorities across Scotland. The diagram below illustrates how we can work together to achieve the best outcomes for our communities and lists the different types of support that we currently provide. We recognise that change will look different across councils hence our range of support and tools can be tailored to suit the forms of challenges being faced locally. For examples of support that we have provided in the past you might want to have a look at our case studies.
If you have any queries regarding the support we offer or how we could support your council please do not hesitate to get in touch at email@example.com.
Gerard possesses a wide range of experience, in both the public and private sector. This includes liaising with a number of organisations and the management of projects in a variety of settings. Gerard’s most recent role was as Community Planning and Partnerships Manager in a Scottish council, working within a team that not only coordinated and carried out activity for the CPP but also led the council’s approach to local community capacity development and capacity building. Gerard’s previous roles included one where he supported and led a range of change projects in a number of Scottish councils and public sector organisations.
Emily graduated from Queen Margaret University with a degree in Business Management. She then started working in the Corporate Transformation and Organisation Development team at Perth and Kinross Council as a transformation graduate. Her role was to support the council’s transformation programme, giving Emily experience in project management and change management. In 2017 Emily joined the Improvement Service where she now supports all councils and partners to deliver the change necessary to reform the way in which public services are delivered.
Clare has worked in the local government field for the last 10 years. Nine years of this was in a council setting where Clare had a variety of roles including community planning, performance management and, latterly, service improvement focusing on a variety of change projects across the council. Clare has completed a PDA in project management and has a good understanding and working knowledge of council and partnership arrangements and requirements.
Business analysis work can be very varied. Depending on the nature of the project the business analyst may need to deploy several techniques and analyse a number of different stakeholder views. Sometimes the project may be to investigate a problematic part of the organisation and produce outline recommendations for ways forward, other projects may require the business analyst to analyse and document specific business or system requirements.
The Business Analysis Framework will help you learn more about the various tools and techniques used throughout the change lifecycle.
Scotland Excel and the Improvement Service have joined forces to deliver two new SQA-accredited qualifications for people working in change management:
Both courses use work-based methodology and will consider issues within a local government context.
The Professional Development Award (PDA) is a SCQF (Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework) level 8 qualification and is certified by the Scottish Qualifications Authority.
The PDA consists of two units:
The PDA is well established as a standalone qualification but can also provide progression to other learning opportunities such as the Diploma in Management and Leadership at SCQF level 8.
The PDA will be delivered by Scotland Excel and Improvement Service staff who have significant experience in project management within a local government context and course delivery will focus on practical examples in this environment.
General information about the PDA can be found at https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/39450.html
The Business Analysis Programme has a broad scope focusing on the practical application of organisational analysis through to planning and implementing outcomes of the analysis. The programme will extend to managing projects and making informed decisions from the information available, including managing stakeholders across the organisation, with an awareness of the commercial aspects of analysis and innovation. All of these components will be considered from a local government context.
Part 1 of the programme will focus on understanding tools for business analysis and how to apply these. The second element will look at how to make proposals and decisions for innovation.
This programme has been created in response to a national shortage of business analysis expertise and expressions of interest from councils that are keen to upskill new or aspiring business analysts. The programme aligns learning with practical application through work-based projects.
General information about the programme, and the Scotland Excel Academy, can be found at https://academy.scotland-excel.org.uk/course/view.php?id=12
Scotland Excel is the Centre of Procurement Expertise for Scotland’s local government sector and is an established CMI Approved Centre and SQA Approved Centre delivering accredited courses through a work-based-learning methodology.
The Scotland Excel Academy Moodle digital platform enhances the learners’ experience through interactive learning and easy access to knowledge.
The Improvement Service’s purpose is to help councils and their partners to improve the health, quality of life and opportunities of all people in Scotland. We offer a range of support and we are committed to developing the skills and capacity across councils to meet the demands of service delivery.
The business analysis team delivered a one-day workshop on advanced customer journey mapping to East Ayrshire Council's Transformation Team.
The Business Analysis team were contacted by the HR team from Shetland Islands Council who were looking to upskill staff through training to help make best use of data in their day-to-day work and to help build evidence based business cases.
South Lanarkshire Council contacted the change team in May 2017 with a request for support related to an ongoing review of their Benefits & Revenues and Customer Contact Centre. The change team supported the end to end process by collating information from our network of councils, providing research into benchmarking and innovative practice, providing customer journey mapping training and a critical friend role. The support aided the development of a comprehensive options appraisal, led by South Lanarkshire Council that will inform their improvement work.
All Community Planning Partnerships are required to produce a Local Outcomes Improvement Plan (LOIP) outlining how they will work with communities to improve outcomes for individuals, families and communities. The change team acted as a critical friend for Stirling Council during development of its LOIP and facilitated a workshop for partners on how it would be implemented.
In October 2017 the Scottish Government Technology Enabled Care (TEC) team invited the IS change team to input to a national event of TEC colleagues. Following that, the Scottish Government enlisted the support of the Change team to plan an event which would look at building a national business case for the Telecare Responder Service.
In December last year we had our second Change Manager’s Networking Event in Glasgow.
At the event Sarah Gadsden, Interim Chief Executive, introduced the Improvement Service's Transformation Programme. Our offer of support will develop on from the discussions at the event and will be co-designed with councils and partners to ensure there are clear deliverables.
The event was a combination of networking, listening to inspirational presentations, knowledge sharing and practical breakout sessions giving the opportunity to discuss the day's four themes.
In addition, the event included key note speeches from Christine Ferguson, Shetland Islands Council, Daniel Matonti, West Lothian Council, and Scott Robertson, City of Edinburgh Council.
A selection of the presentations from the event is available on the Change Manager’s Network on the Knowledge Hub. In addition, there is a short
which summarises the event.
We are keen to keep the conversations going, watch this space for our next event coming in the early summer.
We hold regular webinars featuring guest speakers on a range of topics related to change management. See our most recent one below or visit our Youtube channel to see them all. If you'd like to host a webinar, get in touch.