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Graham

Ian

Graham

Validated Lead Expert

Generic Skills

B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
An expert in change management, specialising in public sector innovation and city administration, I have extensive experience of urban challenges and developing integrated solutions. As Head of Innovation for City of York, my work has covered city governance, social innovation, economic development (including entrepreneurship, new economic models, sharing economy, circular economy) and citizen engagement and participation. Previous roles as Head of Business Change and Head of Performance have also enabled me to work with virtually all functions of modern local authorities giving me a deep understanding of all aspects of city governance and urban challenges. Confident working in a political environment, I am experienced working with or leading people at all levels, from senior teams to front line and community/volunteers. I prepared the bid and performed the role of project lead for the Genius Open network under URBACT II (York as Lead Partner - www.urbact.eu/genius-open). I led the “Innovate York” programme for 3 years - a city-wide programme to catalyse innovation in the city and region, working inside the municipality, across the city and connecting York internationally with global best practice. I also sit on the Innovation Working Group for the Leeds City Region Business Innovation & Growth panel - a public-private partnership group leading innovation in the region across sectors and themes, including developing the regional strategy for EU funding programmes such as ESIF
B1. Assessment: 
1 - working experience relevant to URBACT and correct educational background
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
I have extensive experience of facilitating exchange and learning activities and have expanded that into a transnational context in recent years. Most recently, I led the Genius Open transfer network (www.urbact.eu/genius-open) as part of the URBACT II programme, being the project lead, subject matter expert and main point of contact for partner cities, URBACT experts and the Secretariat. I was heavily involved in designing the transnational activities for that project, either myself or in conjunction with the lead expert and project team and am well versed in the approaches required. I have also designed and led transnational learning outside URBACT, including conducting 4 days of meetings and workshops to transfer Open Innovation practice to the City of Cape Town (RSA). I am experienced in facilitation and coaching and employ these extensively in transitional learning and exchange, alongside a strong teamwork and collaboration ethos.
B2. Assessment: 
1- previously active as projetc leader for URBACT II
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
English is my mother tongue. Even then, I have an excellent command of the language in both written and spoken form. My professional roles have always required a high degree of written and oral communication ability, including presentations, report writing (both in a number of different styles and for different audiences) as well as workshop facilitation, coaching and mentoring, all of which require significant communication skills (written, oral, listening and body language). Through my varied roles, particularly previous work in more technical ICT roles, I have become highly proficient in communicating complex concepts to non-technical audiences but I am also therefore aware of the potential barriers posed by assumptions of language, and the need to ensure communication through other means where necessary.
B3. Assessment: 
1- native speaker

Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities:

C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers: 
In both Genius Open and the project in Cape Town, I had to convey the concepts of open innovation, city openness and subtle cultural and behavioural traits to audiences including those with limited or no ability in the English language. This was done by: creation and use of the GeniUS! map (http://bit.ly/1AK5hla) combined with back-up documents (http://bit.ly/1JkiG6e); use of the poster as an aid, describing the theory and then coupling each point with tangible example from York; translation of both poster and written docs into all relevant languages; subtitling of existing video material to aid learning and provide an alternative medium for people to engage with, depending on their learning styles. I have managed staff and worked with colleagues for whom English was a second language, (having managed staff originally from Spain and India for example) hence I had to manage the communication of complex concepts, including cultural subtleties on a daily basis. I call on the wider delivery team to help communication, as way to vary the styles and/or language used. I frequently use visual aids to help communicate concepts. The GeniUS! map is one example that was frequently used to convert the basic concepts of the model, the Genius Open video is another (http://youtu.be/gp-oTU_R80E). I also employ powerpoint/PREZI to augment spoken delivery and to add dynamics or highlight key points clearly.
C3.1 Assessment: 
1 - 1 valid example. applicant can provide proficient documents and understands the need for translation when working with experts who lack english language skills
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants: 
Genius Open: I commissioned & co-created both the GeniUS! poster (http://bit.ly/1AK5hla) and GeniUS! process handbooks (http://bit.ly/1JkiG6e) to support the capture of existing practice and support its transfer. Some of the handbooks were created in response to requests from city partners for further detail on specific contexts - some were happy with phone or Skype discussion to clarify; others preferred to take away information and read it - often depending on level of confidence with language skills. I also co-designed the Reflective Review process and created much of the York review, drawing on material from the project team. The review template enabled a structured approach to critically reflecting on individual and group achievements during the project. The template and process enabled cities to draw more direct comparisons and compare experiences, learning from their own reflections but also those of others. This was coupled with leading the design process for the consolidation workshop to explore these reflections and observations. Doing this in the round was particularly powerful. To support the workshop outputs, I specified & commissioned visual capture work to illustrate the learning journey of the partners (http://bit.ly/1ANi71B). I designed and delivered two workshops at the Genius Open final event in March 2015, fostering discussion and generating learning from participants on the theme of transfer of practice between cities and different cultural contexts
C3.2 Assessment: 
1 - two examples of drafting documentation and one of the lead authors of various URBACT program documents
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
I also contributed much content to the Final Thematic report for Genius Open and performed the final editing and document production (design/layout). I produced the 8 page Genius Open Summary report (http://bit.ly/1M4hb9R), which was highly visual and accessible. Also, in conjunction with the project team, I contributed to and edited the three Genius Open city case studies. I specified and commissioned live visual capture (illustration) work for the Consolidation Workshop and Genius Open Final Event to document the learning journey of the partners and the overall themes emerging from the project (respectively) in a visual and accessible way (http://bit.ly/1ANi71B and http://bit.ly/1JpDdoh). I also commissioned and specified a Genius Open video, again highlighting the main activities and learning from the project in an alternative format, to complement the suite of project outputs, ensuring interested parties can engage with the output in a format which suits them Some Genius Open process documents were also created to capture, support and reinforce discussion had during transnational meetings, particularly where there had been some complex themes covered or challenges in overcoming cultural or communication barriers during the meeting - in that instance the additional of follow up documents were effective.
C3.3 Assessment: 
1 - two examples which shows that he has previous experience in drafting final reports of projects under URBACT II
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
I regularly produce reports and other communication materials containing policy and good practice messages, in both transnational and national contexts. This includes: Genius Open Project summary report (http://bit.ly/1M4hb9R) Contribution and design of Genius Open Final Thematic Report (http://bit.ly/1GZfDP4) Contribution and editing for three city case studies (Genius Open) (http://bit.ly/1EVeIZJ) Designed and delivered presentations and workshops/masterclasses on Open Innovation and City Innovation frameworks (e.g. for Aberdeen City Council, Scotland, UK; ICIPS - Institute for Continuous Improvement in the Pubic Sector, UK; Urban Development Network, EU) Presentations and reports for Chief Executives and Directors on best practice and policy/strategy recommendations in the fields including transformation, business change and city innovation and public engagement and participation.
C3.4 Assessment: 
1 - various examples; applicant privdes sufficient examples of good practice documents
Summary Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities: 
An expert in public sector innovation and change, I have spent my career in roles involving the transfer of knowledge and learning to others. I have designed and delivered a wide variety of local, national and transnational learning activities, including transfer into alternative languages and cultures. I have transferred innovation practice to others in the UK, as well as in other non-UK cities in Estonia, Italy, Spain and South Africa. This includes being the project lead for Genius Open under URBACT II (www.urbact.eu/genius-open). I am an experience coach and facilitator and have designed and delivered scores of workshops and other successful learning/exchange activities. I place much importance on balancing group dynamics and creating/maintaining effective working relationships and environments. I also also believe that people learn best through experiential activities, supported by effective learning materials, coaching and mentoring, where people are in control of their own learning journey, but with the right support.
Assessment: 
Applicant scores sufficient on all points and is validated for C. The applicant has ample experience when it comes to understanding various stakeholders and dissiminating best practices to not native english speakers. The fact that he led a project for the city of York under URBACT II further indicates how well he is aware of the focus and goals of the URBACT program.

Thematic expertise:

Theme / Policy: 
Local Governance
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
I have worked within local government for 10 years, in authority-wide roles which provide an unprecedented view across all functions & city themes. This includes senior positions relating to policy and strategy for the city, designing & leading the Innovate York Programme for 3 years, working on social innovation, community and resident participation in city governance and changing the culture and practice within the city council. With my counterpart at Science City York, I designed & developed the GeniUS! model, using open innovation principles to foster co-design and co-production of new and innovative solutions to complex city challenges. This brings together public departments, private business, universities and third sector, along with residents & community groups to work on developing solutions. This has involved designing and facilitating complex events and workshops that bring such groups together to work collaboratively. This became the subject of best practice transfer under URBACT II pilot transfer network, Genius Open. My projects have won national & international awards e.g. overall winner of the Guardian Public Service Awards 2012 and a Living Labs Global Award in both 2012 and 2014 (http://bit.ly/1MkmH8V and http://bit.ly/1sHnJ95). I also led for the team which took York to the finals of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge 2014 competition for city innovation, one of only 21 cities of 159 applicants to reach that stage (http://bloombg.org/1rl8yMS)
D1 Assessment: 
1 - working for a local government since 2005.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Designed and created a summary overview, detailed presentation, detailed support materials (handbook) and workshop sessions for Cape Town to introduce them to open innovation, it’s principles, origin and use in the UK for participation and co-design of urban solutions and its potential for application in other contexts. Produced an easy-to-understand summary of local government innovation in the UK (and in York specifically) for Chinese delegations visiting York in to understand other systems of government in 2012. Produced presentation and workshop approach for Chief Executive and Council Leader for URBACT member workshops in September 2014, summarising UK best practice and application in cities. Produced an introductory overview into city innovation (with participation focus) for prospective city partners for Genius Open to understand current social innovation practice in cities, as a backdrop to the project. Provided input into the Genius Open baseline study, outlining current best practice in York in social innovation, city governance and citizen participation / co-production. Commissioned and specified GeniUS! poster, and co-wrote the GeniUS! handbook to capture current practice in York. Non-transnational context: Advised Senior Council Management Team and politicians on current position and future of council innovation in York (http://bit.ly/1FVVLdj)
D2 Assessment: 
1 - transnational dissiminations of the GeniUS model.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
Designed and produced 8 page summary report for Genius Open. Contributed content for Genius Open Final Thematic Report and carried out final editing and production (design/layout) to create a highly visual and accessible report, with embedded video links. Also, in conjunction with the project team, contributed to and edited the three Genius Open city case studies. Specified and commissioned live visual capture (illustration) work for the Consolidation Workshop and Genius Open Final Event to document the learning journey of the partners and the overall themes emerging from the project (respectively) in a visual and accessible way. Also commissioned and specified the Genius Open project video, again highlighting the main activities and learning from the project in an alternative format, to complement the suite of project outputs, ensuring interested parties can engage with the output in a format that suits them. All the above were launched to a conference of around 100 city practitioners and interested parties in March 2015 and were actively promoted via social media (Twitter networks - @IanG_York @GeniusOpen).
D3 Assessment: 
1 - (1)drafted a report and (2)executive summary for Genius open.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
The final outputs for Genius Open were designed to be varied and accessible, enabling easy engagement for those with just a passing interest, but also those who wish to understand the deeper learning themes. The Final Thematic (written) report, was the backbone of the outputs, but was augmented and complimented by a range of other material, including: an 8-page summary report (which was highly visual and included links to other media); three case studies of the partner cities and their experience of the project, drawing out key learning themes illustrated by each case; a short video summarising the project and its key learning, two visual capture pieces, one of the four city journeys and one of the themes in the final event. The content for these outputs was carefully extracted, synthesised and collected throughout the project, but with a particular focus on the structured Reflective Review process (which I co-designed with the Lead Expert) and the Consolidation Workshop (which I also co-designed & led). These two elements resulted in a rich set of learning insights, generated from the project participants - so the participants gained much through the process, but this learning was also captured in a way which was structured and clear. All the project tools and learning outputs are available through the project mini-site (www.urbact.eu/genius-open) and have been promoted locally in partners cities and through social/digital media.
D4 Assessment: 
1 - higly visual report which indicates that the applicant understands that this is a method to dissiminate outcomes.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
For URBACT II I was project lead & subject expert for Genius Open, representing the Lead Partner and the network, providing coaching and mentoring support to city partners adopting the open innovation and participatory practices being transferred. I have worked in city government for 10 years and have held senior Local Authority positions which have been cross-cutting, giving me an excellent understanding of the interrelationship between city departments and between city partners, and hence the need to design integrated solutions, the challenges in developing and deploying these successfully and the techniques needed to do so. I have designed and led a variety of successful (and often award-winning) social innovation / city innovation projects and also led major innovation and change programmes to transform how cities and their local authorities operate. I designed and led the Innovate York programme and also led the team which took York to the final of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge competition in 2014. I have extensive experience of change and innovation in a broad city context, having worked across sectors with Universities, SMEs & business accelerator/support programmes, voluntary and community groups as well as local authorities and other public sector organisations. I provide support for both public and private sector innovation on both a local and regional level, actively working across sectors and disciplines.
Assessment: 
Validated as thematic expert for local governacne, the applicant has ample experience of the proceedings as a local authority and was project leader for a project under URBACT II. Score 4 out of 4 under D.
Theme / Policy: 
Research, Innovation and Knowledge Economy
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
I work with the University of York Research & Innovation department on setting up and monitoring the York Impact Accelerator Account, funded through the ESRC (UK funding council). I sit on the steering group for that programme and provide a city council input into funding decisions & parameters for the scheme, linking practical city projects with research. I am an active member of the Innovation Working Group for the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership. This is a public-private partnership, comprising regional Local Authorities and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, regional Universities and HE/FE establishments and private sector business representatives. The group shapes regional innovation strategy and develops & ensures delivery of the plan for the same, also seeking out new opportunities and funding options for the delivery of the innovation strategy. I also co-wrote a successful consortium bid to Innovate UK in 2015 to develop a city-wide mobile application, using open data, geolocation and gamification principles to take research from the University of York programme on New Economic Models & Opportunities for digital Games (NEMOG) and combining that with cutting edge technology from other partners including Bosch Software Innovations and Arup. A key part of the GeniUS! model has been harnessing the knowledge economy within cities to focus on city challenges - particularly relevant in supporting Fomento San Sebastián in deploying the model.
D1 Assessment: 
1 - 2 examples provided
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
As part of the Innovate UK bid process, I briefed the consortium on the current practice in York and potential in other city markets, as well as contributing the same to the bid itself. Regularly provide similar cities. I regularly provide best practice input/advice to the LCR innovation group. In a Transnational context: Designed and created a summary overview, detailed presentation, detailed support materials (handbook) and workshop sessions for Cape Town to introduce them to open innovation, it’s principles, origin and use in the UK for participation and co-design of urban solutions and its potential for application in other contexts. Produced an easy-to-understand summary of local government innovation in the UK (and in York specifically) for Chinese delegations visiting York in to understand other systems of government in 2012. Produced an introductory overview into city innovation (with participation focus) for prospective city partners for Genius Open to understand current social innovation practice in cities, as a backdrop to the project. Provided input into the Genius Open baseline study, outlining current best practice in York in social innovation, city governance and citizen participation / co-production. Commissioned and specified GeniUS! poster, and co-wrote the GeniUS! handbook to capture current practice in York.
D2 Assessment: 
1 - 2 examples of innovation for various audiences provided
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
The Innovate York final report captured key outcomes and learning regarding this theme, and I also provided input to politicians on what the future activities and priorities should be (http://bit.ly/1FVVLdj). In a Transnational context: Designed and produced 8 page summary report for Genius Open. Contributed content for Genius Open Final Thematic Report and carried out final editing and production (design/layout) to create a highly visual and accessible report, with embedded video links. Also, in conjunction with the project team, contributed to and edited the three Genius Open city case studies. Specified and commissioned live visual capture (illustration) work for the Consolidation Workshop and Genius Open Final Event to document the learning journey of the partners and the overall themes emerging from the project (respectively) in a visual and accessible way. Also commissioned and specified the Genius Open project video, again highlighting the main activities and learning from the project in an alternative format, to complement the suite of project outputs, ensuring interested parties can engage with the output in a format that suits them. All the above were launched to a conference of around 100 city practitioners and interested parties in March 2015 and were actively promoted via social media (Twitter networks - @IanG_York @GeniusOpen).
D3 Assessment: 
1 - as above,applicant was project leader under URBACT II. 2 examples from CV
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
In a Transnational context: The final outputs for Genius Open were designed to be varied and accessible, enabling easy engagement for those with just a passing interest, but also those who wish to understand the deeper learning themes. The Final Thematic (written) report, was the backbone of the outputs, but was augmented and complimented by a range of other material, including: an 8-page summary report (which was highly visual and included links to other media); three case studies of the partner cities and their experience of the project, drawing out key learning themes illustrated by each case; a short video summarising the project and its key learning, two visual capture pieces, one of the four city journeys and one of the themes in the final event. The content for these outputs was carefully extracted, synthesised and collected throughout the project, but with a particular focus on the structured Reflective Review process (which I co-designed with the Lead Expert) and the Consolidation Workshop (which I also co-designed & led). These two elements resulted in a rich set of learning insights, generated from the project participants - so the participants gained much through the process, but this learning was also captured in a way which was structured and clear. All the project tools and learning outputs are available through the project mini-site (www.urbact.eu/genius-open) and have been promoted locally in partners cities and through social/digital media.
D4 Assessment: 
0 - the report focusses less on economics and research.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
For URBACT II I was project lead & subject expert for Genius Open, representing the Lead Partner and the network, providing coaching and mentoring support to city partners adopting the open innovation and participatory practices being transferred. I have worked in city government for 10 years and have held senior Local Authority positions which have been cross-cutting, giving me an excellent understanding of the interrelationship between city departments and between city partners, and hence the need to design integrated solutions, the challenges in developing and deploying these successfully and the techniques needed to do so. I have designed and led a variety of successful (and often award-winning) social innovation / city innovation projects and also led major innovation and change programmes to transform how cities and their local authorities operate. I designed and led the Innovate York programme and also led the team which took York to the final of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge competition in 2014. I have extensive experience of change and innovation in a broad city context, having worked across sectors with Universities, SMEs & business accelerator/support programmes, voluntary and community groups as well as local authorities and other public sector organisations. I provide support for both public and private sector innovation on both a local and regional level, actively working across sectors and disciplines.
Assessment: 
Validated for thematic theme, the applicant has ample knowlegde on innovation projects and how to work together with local and transnational stakeholders. 3 out of 4 points.
Theme / Policy: 
Entrepreneurship and competitive SMEs
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
I devised & managed the process for York’s Delivery & Innovation Fund - £3m over 3 years, seed-funded both council departments and SMEs to develop/test new solutions to city challenges across all urban themes. Involved working with local SMEs & 3rd sector organisations to understand & shape their proposed projects, align it with relevant city priorities. Under Innovate York I specified and commissioned a “Business Boot Camp” day providing start-ups with access to free coaching and business mentoring, and highly successful training courses for council staff to bring entrepreneurial thinking & methods into council working. Through the GeniUS! model we also work with local business, creating new business opportunities and enabling local SMEs to help co-create new solutions. Alongside this, we also devised & ran a competition based procurement process for finding mobile app solutions. I supported the Innovation Showcase at Venturefest ’14 and ’15, supporting SMEs to demo their new products and find support (pre-commercial to production) (http://bit.ly/1KOwR3Q) I have worked with Dotforge accelerator (http://bit.ly/1AM9x3q) in Sheffield on projects including establishing a rail business accelerator and designing/running a rail-sponsored hackathon (www.hacktrain.com). This created new startup companies in just 3 days, gaining national government & industry support. As part of this I coached developing teams to refine & pitch their products and strengthen their business plans.
D1 Assessment: 
1 - project manager for a PPP project over 3 years
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
In a Transnational context: Designed and created a summary overview, detailed presentation, detailed support materials (handbook) and workshop sessions for Cape Town to introduce them to open innovation, it’s principles, origin and use in the UK for participation and co-design of urban solutions and its potential for application in other contexts. Produced an easy-to-understand summary of local government innovation in the UK (and in York specifically) for Chinese delegations visiting York in to understand other systems of government in 2012. Produced presentation and workshop approach for Chief Executive and Council Leader for URBACT member workshops in September 2014, summarising UK best practice and application in cities. Produced an introductory overview into city innovation (with participation focus) for prospective city partners for Genius Open to understand current social innovation practice in cities, as a backdrop to the project. Provided input into the Genius Open baseline study, outlining current best practice in York in social innovation, city governance and citizen participation / co-production. Commissioned and specified GeniUS! poster, and co-wrote the GeniUS! handbook to capture current practice in York.
D2 Assessment: 
0 - no example on entrepeneurship or SMEs. Only on innivation
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
In a transnational context: Designed and produced 8 page summary report for Genius Open. Contributed content for Genius Open Final Thematic Report and carried out final editing and production (design/layout) to create a highly visual and accessible report, with embedded video links. Also, in conjunction with the project team, contributed to and edited the three Genius Open city case studies. Specified and commissioned live visual capture (illustration) work for the Consolidation Workshop and Genius Open Final Event to document the learning journey of the partners and the overall themes emerging from the project (respectively) in a visual and accessible way. Also commissioned and specified the Genius Open project video, again highlighting the main activities and learning from the project in an alternative format, to complement the suite of project outputs, ensuring interested parties can engage with the output in a format that suits them. All the above were launched to a conference of around 100 city practitioners and interested parties in March 2015 and were actively promoted via social media (Twitter networks - @IanG_York @GeniusOpen).
D3 Assessment: 
0 - not focussing on SMEs in examples provided
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
In a Transnational context: The final outputs for Genius Open were designed to be varied and accessible, enabling easy engagement for those with just a passing interest, but also those who wish to understand the deeper learning themes. The Final Thematic (written) report, was the backbone of the outputs, but was augmented and complimented by a range of other material, including: an 8-page summary report (which was highly visual and included links to other media); three case studies of the partner cities and their experience of the project, drawing out key learning themes illustrated by each case; a short video summarising the project and its key learning, two visual capture pieces, one of the four city journeys and one of the themes in the final event. The content for these outputs was carefully extracted, synthesised and collected throughout the project, but with a particular focus on the structured Reflective Review process (which I co-designed with the Lead Expert) and the Consolidation Workshop (which I also co-designed & led). These two elements resulted in a rich set of learning insights, generated from the project participants - so the participants gained much through the process, but this learning was also captured in a way which was structured and clear. All the project tools and learning outputs are available through the project mini-site (www.urbact.eu/genius-open) and have been promoted locally in partners cities and through social/digital media.
D4 Assessment: 
0 - as under D3
Assessment: 
Applicant: For URBACT II I was project lead & subject expert for Genius Open, representing the Lead Partner and the network, providing coaching and mentoring support to city partners adopting the open innovation and participatory practices being transferred. I have worked in city government for 10 years and have held senior Local Authority positions which have been cross-cutting, giving me an excellent understanding of the interrelationship between city departments and between city partners, and hence the need to design integrated solutions, the challenges in developing and deploying these successfully and the techniques needed to do so. I have designed and led a variety of successful (and often award-winning) social innovation / city innovation projects and also led major innovation and change programmes to transform how cities and their local authorities operate. I designed and led the Innovate York programme and also led the team which took York to the final of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge competition in 2014. I have extensive experience of change and innovation in a broad city context, having worked across sectors with Universities, SMEs & business accelerator/support programmes, voluntary and community groups as well as local authorities and other public sector organisations. I provide support for both public and private sector innovation on both a local and regional level, actively working across sectors and disciplines. Rejected for thematic thema, aplpicant did not provide sufficient examples of working with entrepeneurs and SMEs.3 out of 4 points.

Expertise support to local authorities and other stakeholders in designing & delivering integrated and participatory policies

E.1. Knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local polices : 
I was one of two (co)designers of the GeniUS! model, used in York for a number of years and which was the practice transferred within Genius Open. This is an overarching participatory model, based on open innovation principles and combined with other co-production and citizen engagement approaches. The model uses traditional engagement channels (meetings, workshops etc) alongside an online platform to enable a wide reach for an open discussion of ideas and proposals. The model also involves a bespoke “Open Innovation Event” as a cornerstone of the GeniUS! model (http://bit.ly/1FsYx6E and http://bit.ly/1cxgycP). This event combines the creativity and solution-focus of a ‘hackathon’ with the structure and discipline of a facilitated workshop. The result is a powerful, best-practice co-production model, comprising both a process and a set of principles (or ethos/philosophy) which enables a city to engage with a diverse mix of people to generate ideas and co-deliver solutions to those problems. The model has now been successfully transferred to 3 other EU cities, with three further authorities currently considering its adoption. Tools include problem definition and root cause analysis, stakeholder mapping, power-interest matrix, ideation activities and clustering techniques, role play and user-centric design activities. Creation of the correct physical environment is also key, alongside introduction of alternative thinking examples from experts or disruptors.
E.1 Assessment: 
0 - the model is not a sufficient explanation to showcase the expert his knowlegde on participatory methods.
E.2. Knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies/policies: 
I have designed and deployed monitoring tools for a wide range of projects and change programmes across my career. I have designed, monitored & evaluated major city council transformation and efficiency programmes and most recently designed the monitoring framework for the Innovate York programme and co-designed the outcomes framework for Genius Open with the Thematic Expert. Tools include a combination of (hard) data metrics, normally relating to quantifying outputs, and (soft) outcome-based assessments, normally qualitative in nature. The combination of the two provides quantifiable evidence but also a richer picture through a narrative on perceptions & interrelations not so easily quantified but relevant. Establishing a baseline at the start of a project, based on the expected impact of the work is standard process to ensure effects/change can be demonstrated. Blogs & video capture enrich this storytelling, as does artistic representation of outcomes and learning. In Genius Open, the Reflective Review process allowed the project partners to identify and quantify hard metrics and identify and describe soft metrics. normally break monitoring into 3 parts: Outputs, relating to things directly produced, but with no lasting effect; Outcomes, the immediate effects of making good use of the outputs; and Impact, being the longer term change(s) brought about by the Outcomes.
E.2 Assessment: 
1 - insufficient example to shocase his monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies/policies. Based on contact with references the applicant has sufficient expereince with designing, delivering and evaluating urban strategies/policies. E.2: This can also be simplified as Outputs and Results (Results being a combination of Outcomes and Impact). (Kris,due to too many characters)
E.3. Awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level: 
Methods to keep up to date with policy, trends and funds include: regularly reading key publications and websites of significant bodies (including subscriptions to newsletters and blogs) for relevant UK, European and international leaders in the field e.g. Nesta, Bloomberg Philanthropies, URBACT, Eurocities; tracking relevant projects and their development, e.g. Design for Europe, EU Mayors Challenge; using networks / professional acquaintances and exchange within collaborative projects and relationships for mutual exchange of ideas and potential opportunities for funding / delivery; periodic scan of funding calls online; links with regional bodies, such as the Local Enterprise Partnership for the Leeds City Region; attending relevant conferences and events; national press and relevant publications e.g. The Economist, Municipal Journal (MJ); subscription to services such as Grantfinder (UK); arrangements with key networks to share areas of interest; active tracking on social media.
E.3 Assessment: 
1 - sufficient examples provided by applicant.
E.4. Ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities: 
In both the workshops in Cape Town and in Genius Open, the approach was to understand and baseline the local context prior to starting, in order to ascertain how the practice being transferred would be deployed in sympathy with local customs, culture and pre-existing practice or expertise. Following this, the tools and model to be transferred and adopted was tailored to fit with the situation on the ground in each partner city, working with and building on existing strengths, allowing for local challenges but introducing new methods where none were present at all. In the case of Genius Open, the 3 city partners had 3 distinct cultures and different local contexts, so adapting our transfer approach was an early task. This was done through the baselining phase, choosing tools and styles to fit each context. As the practice was adopted, we used a coaching and mentoring approach to enable the local teams to understand what was important about the practice and to adjust the flexible aspects to fit with their local situation. Siracusa, for example, had some strong participatory planning skills within the team, and we built on them whilst applying the GeniUS! model locally. San Sebastián had fewer such skills, so introduction of these skills to them was more important. However, they had a larger selection of existing networks, which could be built upon within the project, whereas Siracusa’s networks were built up from a much smaller base.
E.4 Assessment: 
1 - transnational experience through Genius open project in cape town.
Summary Expertise: 
I am highly experienced in providing cross-cutting support to local authorities and related stakeholders, having held a number of senior city council positions including leading on city innovation, policy & strategy, business change & transformation, performance and service improvement. I am well versed in designing and delivering integrated solutions and supporting others in doing so in a collaborative and inclusive way. I have designed and run bespoke participatory and co-creation processes, linking these with complex culture change programmes required for them to be effective and become embedded in a local authority. I have transferred existing practice into new contexts and am able to take account of cultural differences and local contexts in doing so, building on local strengths and empowering individuals and groups to create sustainable change. I am passionate about sharing learning between cities and between people and believe this is an essential part of urban and social development for local authorities to be sustainable in the future.
Assessment: 
Validate for E. Applicant scored 3 out of 4 under E. The applicant did not provide enough examples where he worked on designing policies, however the contacted references spoke highly of his participatory methods and skills skills The applicant is expert in practical dissimination and binging together of various transnational stakeholders.

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United Kingdom
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Email:
iansgraham@gmail.com

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