Oxford Early Years
 

RAPID ACTION LAB KICK-OFF WORKSHOP

6 - 8th JUNE 2018       |      BROOKES UNIVERSITY

 
 

The  Kick-Off workshop marked the launch of the Oxford Early Years Rapid Action Lab focused on the question "How can we work together to address priority needs for children aged 0-5 in Oxford?'. The 30 person strong Lab Team from across the Oxford Early Years sector spent three days together in a facilitated process to deepen their knowledge on the Early Years challenge, form action teams and develop 5 different prototype solutions to the challenge to spend the next 3 months testing in the field.

Below you will find full Kick-Off Workshop documentation, including: Day 1, 2 & 3 Summaries; Outputs: Action Teams & Prototypes; and Evaluation Data.

 
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DAY 1 - SENSING THE SYSTEM

 

09:00 - Arrival & Registration: Meet the Lab Team.

09:30 - Welcome & Check-in

The Lab Team were invited to introduce themselves by answering the following questions:

  • How am I arriving?
  • Why am I here?

Documentation: Check-in Harvest Notes.

10:15 - Introduction to Process

10:30 - 3 Horizons Framework & Systems Mapping Round 1

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The Three Horizons framework is a simple, intuitive way to encourage a conversation about the challenges in the present, our aspirations for the future and the kinds of innovation we might need in order to address both at the same time.  Learn More.

Documentation: 3 Horizons Mapping Round 1

12:00 - Paired Lab Team Dialogue Interviews

Dialogue Interviews are biographical interviews in which interviewees are
asked to tell their life story. 

Resource: Dialogue Interview Protocol.

12:45 - Learning Journeys

Learning Journeys are immersive trips out into the field to learn more about the lab challenge and its surrounding system from people directly impacted on the ground.

Resource: Learning Journey Protocol.

The Lab Team members visited the following 4 Early Years locations in Oxford:

15:00 - Learning Journey Debrief

Documentation: Learning Journey Debrief Notes

16:30 - Checkout

17:00 - Close

KICK OFF WORKSHOP PROCESS FRAME: THEORY U

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DAY 2 - REFLECTION & PROTOTYPING

 

09:00 - Arrival

09:15 - Welcome & Check-in

09:30 - 3 Horizons Framework & Systems Mapping Round 2

The Three Horizons framework is a simple, intuitive way to encourage a conversation about the challenges in the present, our aspirations for the future and the kinds of innovation we might need in order to address both at the same time.  Learn More.

Documentation: 3 Horizons Mapping Round 2

10:15 - Framing the Lab Process: Theory U

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Theory U is a process architecture that takes teams through 3 core movements - sensing, reflecting, and acting - to support the teams to move from reaction to response in addressing complex challenges.

Resource: Theory U Overview

10:30 - Solo Reflection

Lab team member were invited to take 1 hour outside in silence to consider the following question:

  • What is the situation asking of me now?

Documentation: Solo Debrief Harvest Notes

13:00 - Lunch

13:45 - Brainstorming Interventions & Challenge Identification

Based on 3 Horizons Mapping potential interventions of all forms were brainstormed and then clustered into thematic caterogies. These categories were then weighted in terms of priority and motivation, this provided the base action teams to form around addressing identified teams. 

15:00 - Team Formation

15:30 - Prototyping Round 1

16:15 - Team Presentations & Feedback

16:45 - Check-Out: What are you taking with you from today?

Documentation: Check-Out Harvest Notes

17:00 - Close

 

the art of Prototyping

 
 
 

DAY 3 - PROTOTYPING & ACTION PLANS

 

09:00 - Arrival

09:15 - Welcome & Check-in

09:30 - Prototyping Round 2

10:30 - Team Presentation & Feedback

11:00 - Introduction to Agile Scrum & Sprint Action Planning

Scrum is a framework within which people can address complex adaptive problems, while productively and creatively delivering products of the highest possible value. Scrum itself is a simple framework for effective team collaboration on complex products. 

Resource: Scrum Guide

12:00 - Evaluation

Documentation: Kick-off Workshop Evaluation Report

12:15 - Check Out: What are your looking forward to as we move ahead?

Documentation: Check-out Harvest Notes

13:00 - Close

 

OUTPUT: ACTION TEAMS & PROTOTYPES

 

ACTION TEAM 1

Action Team 2

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Oxford Natural Education Support

Focused on providing high quality, affordable  and accessible  training, support and events for people who work with or support children and families in Oxford.

    Team

    • Annie Davy

    • Nicola Taylor

    • Fiona Henderson
    • Anna Cox
    • Doireann Lalor
    • Shilpa Bhatt
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    Joining the tots

    An initiative focused  on creating a network of ‘Community Navigators’, to support the priority needs of ‘invisible’ 0-5 years Children and their families in the Florence Park area.

     

      Team

      • Dave Tullett
      • Lydia Hodgins
      • Cheryl Huntbach
      • Ben Hamilton
      • Clare Crossley

      Action Team 3

      Action Team 4

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      IN THE LOOP

      Empowering parents to empower families - training and support programme for parents wanting to support families with 0-5's.

       

        Team

        • Ginnie Herbert
        • Kathy Peto
        • Emily Grant
        • Karen Porter
        • Ellie Clarke-Jacques
        • Jacqui Gitau
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        Little Ones Learning at Home

        A library-based initiative encouraging parents / carers & children to use the home learning environment to support social, emotional and language development.

           Team

          • Siobhan Salter
          • Rebecca Matthews
          • Sally Smith
          • Daisy Brown
          • Mary Taylor

          Action Team 5

           
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          Open Access Kids

          This initiative focus on developing better use of spaces to deliver early years services and generate income with the sector.  Using food, arts & crafts, storytelling, etc. to build stronger communities and better opportunities for the young and their families.

           

            Team

            • Beth Knighton

            • Carol Lister

            • Lisa Fern
            • Simon Barnard
            • Lisa Mansour
            • Anna Thorne