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Appreciative Inquiry Training

In Mid-March this year we gathered in Wilmslow where @Liz Jayne and @Joy van Helvert, hosted a group of 9 other Alders in two days of immersive face to face Appreciative Inquiry training. This was a refresher for existing Alders and an introduction for those who have recently joined us. It was a very enjoyable experience for all involved and help us refine our training and support offer for organisations looking to develop appreciative inquiry approaches within their workplaces.  


Portsmouth Appreciative Inquiry - Developing Strengths-Based Practice

Portsmouth Adult Social Care (ASC) is committed to adopting strengths-based approaches. To help it do this it appointed Alder Advice, in the Summer of 2023, to undertake a co-productive appreciative inquiry process. The aims were to:

  • Identify progress made to date.
  • Recognise strengths to build on.
  • Identify improvement opportunities.

NW London Appreciative Inquiry – Evaluation of the pilot Keyworker Service

The North-West London (NWL) Keyworker Steering Group decided in March 2023 to initiate an independent evaluation. It wanted to identify options for the Service’s future structure/model. Alder Advice was appointed to support this process.


Bradford Looked After Children Placements

Board Members at the new Braford Children's Trust were concerned that the number of Looked After Children and the average cost of placements for them were both rising unsustainably. They, therefore, appointed Alder Advice in the summer of 2023 to conduct research into what is driving demand/need up and to identify opportunities to better manage demand in the future.


Improving support for people with learning disabilities in Bury

Improving support for people with learning disabilities in Bury

Assessment of opportunities to improve support for adullts with learning disabilities

In July 2022 we started working with Bury Council to identify opportunities to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities living in Bury and in particular how they are supported. Our work has three components:

The review prossess was based on our tried and tested opportunity assessment method which comprises:

Support for the "Towards Independence" reassessment programme

Detailed design of this project will take place following completion of the initial opportunity assessment Opportunity Assessment. We will:

The next phase will be to support a service transformation in line with the findings from the opportunity assessment to ensure all people with learning disabilities benefit from good value, person centred, strengths based and outcome focused support.

Development of transformation plan

The Opportunity Assessment will inform the detailed design of the transformation programme which is likely to include 4 work streams

Our approach typically includes: