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CHANGE! Transnational meeting in Gdansk

04 - 05 April 2017
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On 4 and 5 April 2017, the CHANGE! Partners will get together in Gdansk, Poland, to jointly continue the work of the CHANGE! Network. 
In the CHANGE! network we deal with social innovation related to public services. Whether the innovation comes from outside (citizens) or inside of the administration, the core topic is to transform social services towards a more efficient delivery by fostering interactions among citizens (people-powered). Social innovation theories offer new solutions, new methodologies and new conceptual frameworks for public administration.
 
While focusing on and developing a concrete step of the Integrated Actions Plan (IAP), it is essential to talk through the different dimensions of collaboration related to a specific case. This we do by using the Collaborative Framework, published by Henry Kippin within his essential study (Kippin, 2015) under UNDP GCPSE, which offers a great entry point for learning how to open up public services.
 
"This framework explores four stages of collaboration in public services delivery. The first is “outcomes”, covering the ways in which insight is generated, relationships are brokered and service interventions are designed to address these outcomes. The second is “alignment”, exploring the role that risk, incentives and resources play in building effective delivery partnerships. The third is “delivery”, arguing that innovation, agility and great leadership characterize the best and most sustainable delivery partnerships. Fourth is “accountability”, showing how evidence, engagement and transparency underpin collaboration in delivery and create a case for reproducing and deepening it. These themes are presented as a cyclical journey, beginning with outcomes, ending with accountability, and back to outcomes” (Kippin, 2015).
 
During our Transnational meeting in Gdansk, CHANGE! partners will explore the second stage of this framework related to what the partners already achieved and what they still need to do. This discussion will take place on the basis of 4 good practises, coming from the partners.
 
Next to that, the meeting will focus on achievements and challenges so far. Jenny Koutsomarkou from the URBACT Secretariat, will facilitate a session on the Mid-Term Review, with the objective to share information on the findings and progress made so far at local and at network level with respect to the ULG, the IAP, and other workpackages, to assure having a common understanding of needs and challenges, and collectively reflect on hothe next steps.  
After that, a session focusing on the Integrated Action Plan (IAP) will follow, focused on: Where do we stand? What steps do we need to take from here? 
 
The second day will focus more on the experiences and cases of Gdansk. Some field visits will take place to get a better insight and understanding of the work of Gdansk on social innovation related to public services and their experiences in participatory practices.
Finally, some CHANGE! Network Management & Communication issues will be discussed and finally we will talk about the learning outcomes of the meeting and of the network.