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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.


Outcomes and improvement framework for support for people with learning disabilities - LGA/ADASS CHIP Programme

Outcomes and improvement framework for support for people with learning disabilities - LGA/ADASS CHIP Programme

Outcomes and Improvement Framework for Learning Disability Support

In December 2019 the LGA/ADASS CHIP Programme appointed us to work with it, local councils and other stakeholders to develop an outcomes and improvement framework to enable improvements in how people with learning disabilities (including people with learning disabilities and autism) are supported. Although COVID slowed the pace of the underpinning research and development  work this outcomes and improvement framework was commissioned by the LGA and the Association of Directors of Adult Services (ADASS) is now available. It aims to help directors of adult social services work with their colleagues and partners to identify how they can improve how they support adults with learning disabilities and/or autistic people. For further information please contact

In summary the framework provides a range of resources that will help Directors of Adult Services work with their partners and other stakeholders to improve how people with learning disabilities and autism are supported. The draft framework comprises a:

The framework is currently being piloted by local authorities with LGA/ADASS and Alder Advice support.

An easy read version of the framework and self evaluation tool is also available.

To find out more about this project contact Dan Short from Alder Advice on 07748-180-390 or e-mail him at