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Turning ideas into action

Suggested time

It can take around a year to get ideas up and running. This is a time of rapid learning, where the local champion and innovation group can learn quickly and make changes as they go. The SKIP team is there to support this process.

What SKIP will bring

Mentoring, funding, ongoing support.

What you’ll need to bring

A plan for next steps will be developed by the innovation team.

Why is this important?

The aim of the design process is to come up with a number of ideas that can be turned quickly into prototypes and tested, improved and re tested. Often solutions are developed outside a community and rolled out at high cost, with no chance to tweak or even try something completely new based on what was learnt. Design allows for quick failure, and for continual learning and redevelopment.

We’re also used to having one big idea that we hope will fix everything. This process usually results in lots of small ideas, that woven together create sustainable change for people.

How we go about it

The innovation team set up at the beginning of the process usually stays in place to guide the implementation of ideas. SKIP often funds a champion for a short time (up to a year) to help get things going, often by working with partners such as councils. 

For example...

In Selwyn the innovation team quickly organised a meeting with the local DHB to ask that appointments for children with disabilities be held locally, rather than in the Christchurch Hospital.

A local parent has been employed as a part time local champion and is responsible for organising opportunities for parents to meet and connect.

In Waitakere a network of local champions are holding weekly meet ups in their neighbourhoods to give parents the opportunity to get to know each other and provide informal parenting support. The aim is to have around 50 champions across the region.

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