Dudley’s MASH Lab will run from April to December 2012 and provide many people from different groupsand organisations opportunities to be supported to work creatively, to innovate, to network, to develop collaboration and effectively ustilise assets and resources available.
It will be what is known as a whole systems approach – thinking about the relationships between services and assets (including people and organisations).
A 9 month experiment:
- April 2012: Launch of MASH Lab – an event to share the broad idea of MASH and to collaboratively select a realistic number of areas of work to test in the MASH Lab over the next 8 months
- May 2012: MASH preparation – a series of discussions and activities around agreed areas of work supported by project teams to prepare people for a MASH Lab event and inform the content and approach of the event itself.
- June 2012: A MASH Lab event to allow key thinkers, influencers, technologists and service users to come together to work intensely and constructively on developing a vision for how things could be. Participants will learn about MASH principles, and explore ways to take them forward.
- June-November 2012: MASH in action – network-style collaborative and asset based activities to progress work streams identified and committed to. Each network will be responsible for agreeing when its work is done.
- November 2012: A MASH Learning Event will take place in November 2012, with all work streams and project teams coming together. The timing will enable outcomes and proposals for future work to feed in to decision making processes and budget-setting.
- A greater understanding and awareness of the challenges and opportunities facing Dudley borough and the talent and resources available to tackle them
- Development of relationships across traditional boundaries which allow new networks, partnerships and programmes to emerge
- Commitment to practical action – developing a big vision that can be pursued through little steps
- The development of new skills and roles across a range of teams and organisations
- The experience of new ways of working.