All 14 WM ADASS councils have participated in three cycles of our on site Peer Challenge programme over the six years since 2014/15.
Peer Challenges share good practice and learning from peers, and provide a critical friend approach to sector improvement.
A 2021 report from the University of Birmingham has underlined the value of this West Midlands-developed approach.
Following the formation of a Regional Co-production Advisory Group for the region, organisers of the practice reviews, which are key part of the Peer Challenge process, have been discussing how best to engage people with lived experience in this process, as this video shows.
During Covid-19, peer challenges have been replaced by ‘Pause and Learn’, a process based on an approach used by NASA as a ‘proven way to facilitate team learning during missions. We have adapted the process to enable it to be carried out online, using virtual meetings, briefings and feedback sessions.