Asset-Mapping and more - an outline proposal for a pan-Scotland Learning Set


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We want to recruit and work with a national cohort on the processes involved with community asset-mapping, individual network-mapping, and 'social prescription', helping participants plan, carry out initial activities (the actual mapping), and follow-through, in a number of locations and communities of geography/interest across Scotland.

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  • This project is a part of the People-Powered Health and Well-Being network - this is based at the Health & Social Care Alliance. This in turn makes a contribution to the over-arching Person-centred Health and Care Programme, which is a Quality Strategy initiative.
    At an early meeting about this Lisa Curtice (PPHW Programme Director) said “it needs to be about more than (just) asset-mapping”.
    Hence ‘Asset-mapping and More’.
    Who’s involved? PPHW at the masthead on the left. Alliance being the foundation (practical base, funds administered from here, etc etc.)
    ALISS is grant-holder from PPHW & will disburse to the other parties. ALISS also provides factotum and shepherding services.
    AMiaB? Asset-Mapping in a Box – what this project was formerly known as.
  • This is here to remind us that there are a wide variety of assets at play. And they tend not to be found in handy silos – community & person-based assets often overlap.
    With thanks to ID&eA – at …for the resource.
  • What would a Martian see if they helicoptered down into the project in progress? This process diagram has been borrowed from the Person-centred Health and Care Collaborative. This mix of coming together and local work is the same, we hope, while details will differ
    Here’s our summary proposal:
    “We will recruit and work with a national cohort on the processes involved with community asset-mapping, individual network-mapping, and 'social prescription', helping participants plan, carry out initial activities (the actual mapping), and follow-through, in a number of locations and communities of geography/interest across Scotland.
    The cohort will explore the tools available, try them out in their local communities, share notes and stories with each other, appreciate the useful things that can flow from asset-mapping, and create the basis for broader networks of ‘mappers’.
    The shared use of tools that support community asset-mapping; personal-asset mapping; and the description of individual networks will enable our national cohort to explore such related topics as: service-design and innovation; person-centred planning; the links between social connectedness and health and well-being.
    We will collectively share the wider learning from these processes in order to support others to do similar.”
    So we will seek to get people together, enthuse them about the tools and processes and opportunities. They will go back to their localities and try things out, noting and reflecting as they do so. We’ll all come back together again to share notes, derive strength from each others company, and plan the next local stage…and repeat…several times.
    Till when? Through 2014 into 2015
  • So what do we have for people to have a go with over the life of the project?
    Trying things out – which provide opportunities for having a go at addressing some larger questions:
    Asset mapping (community-based assets)… and service-design…and the significance of locality for professional practice;
    Personal community maps – What’s ImportanT To You…and person-centred planning…and asset/strengths-based assessment
    Mapping personal social networks (Social Mirror)…and the links between social connectedness and well-being.
    We want to help people try out tools, processes, connections (geographical, policy and organisational and practice) and approaches. They’re all important contributors.
  • Click on the link at the foot of the slide, to read the ALISS blog post about this.
    Helping people have conversations within which they identify, map and discuss assets that mean something to them is really simple – no fancy kit needed. Recipe book (a.k.a. mapping pack) here:
    On the slide, note the tea & sandwiches – vital paraphernalia for Conversation.
    Classic asset-mapping might have involved survey forms, or the community worker walking round the patch doing the spotting, followed by consultation. But with conversations, those involved work out what counts as assets for them.
    NB before and after (what next) not just the mapping on the day. Asset-mapping fits within a larger process and context. It’s not an end in its own right. We hope to help you with this.
    Lead: Andy Hyde (Independent practitioner and ALISS Community Developer)
    Support for community asset-mapping; support for local PDSAs.
    Mob: 07973 412 172
    T: @mrhyde
  • Click on the link at the foot of the slide, to read the ALISS blog post about this.
    Service design and building your business plan. This looks like a big form. It is (big, physically) but it’s more of a group notepad, and is a good prop for the various topics any group should work through when thinking of new/re-designed support/services.
    See the examples that appear when you click on the slide in presentation mode – storyboard; elevator pitch; newspaper front page as a way of describing impact. Etc.
    And see the (slightly crumpled) example of a used notepad. NB Logo contributed by local Community Arts worker who pitched up for the afternoon.
  • As well as identifying assets in the community in Kirkintilloch, we also did a little bit of personal network mapping. We’d been a bit anxious beforehand – would this make people feel really lonely if they couldn’t fill up their map with lots of contacts? – but we needn’t have worried; the exercise turned out well and was a good conversation piece both at the time and later.
    Have a good read of the IRISS report – well worth it. Follow the link at the foot of the slide to get the material
    Again this needn’t be hi-tech. Here we’re using paper with concentric circles, and small post-it notes.
    Local Area Co-ordinators do a fair bit of this already.
    The Conversation is the thing. Experience suggests that this process and exercise provides powerful and fresh insights to those involved.
  • But the tool can be digital. IRISS have built a nifty (free!) iPad app (see URL below).
    Note the mix of people, activities, things and places on the map. One might save a version, do some work with the material, then complete another in a wee while, compare the two.
    Lead: Lisa Pattoni (Programme Manager, Innovation & Improvement Team, IRISS)
    Support for individual and community asset-mapping, person-centred and asset-based approaches, access to evaluation and other networks
    Mob: 0792 103 7882
    T: @ellepats
  • Social Mirror focuses more keenly upon whom you’re connected to (in the context of what) – your social network – visualising it back to you (the Mirror!). In the diagram on this slide some bits of the person’s networks are greyed out – not so well connected to, perhaps.
    The project is part of the substantial Connected Communities Programme (see URL below) based in the RSA (Royal Society of Arts). Social Mirror has evolved from a classic survey into a tablet-based app.
    There has been a lot of discussion around the importance of social connectedness and well-being – the perceived health dis-benefits of loneliness, for example. Social Mirror helps us collect data (evidence) on this.
    Lead: Gaia Marcus (lead researcher for the RSA Connected Communities programme)
    Social Mirror tool provision and support; access to evidence-base for linkage between social connectedness & well-being/health
    Tel: 020 7451 6875
    T: @la_gaia
  • In its current form, a three stage process is involved.
    In summary (of course it’s more complicated in real life use):
    Answer questions about who you connect with, and visualise your network via the app;
    Talk about the information with those supporting you;
    Work on aspects of your network as agreed.
    In the insert bottom left, you can see a mock up of part of describing your network, identifying your assets. Note the potential synergy with ALISS-indexed local resources. We hope to explore this during the project.
  • What else? Networks and Effective Learning Experiences!
    Olivia Hanley/Fiona Garven (SCDC)
    Access to CHeX and Co-production networks, asset-mapping & community development experience and expertise.
    Suite 305 Baltic Chambers, 50 Wellington Street, Glasgow, G2 6HJ
    t: 0141 222 4839
    m: 07507107327
    W: / / / #coproductionscotland
    Ross Grieve (Lead Training & Development Consultant Thistle Foundation)
    Advice to project on effective approaches & techniques for provision of person-centred adult learning (practitioners and public)
    Mob: 07976271905
    Factotum/Shepherding: Peter Ashe (NHS National Services and ALISS Programme Consultant)
    Support for community asset-mapping; support for local PDSAs; project management/facilitation/co-ordination
    Mob: 07798 870 163
    T: @peterashe
    What does this all add up to? – well, more than any one thing, that’s for sure.
    What will all this deliver? This is the point where we have to be honest – we Don’t really Know. The whole project is an exercise in co-production. The crucial local PDSAs will be created by the learning cohort not the support team.
    But what you can bet safely on, is that we will be doing some Interesting, Exciting and Enjoyable work. What’s Not to Like about that?? 
  • This list doesn’t show identities at this point: (positive and productive) negotiations are underway, not yet complete.
    Also the interest thus far has been from the community asset domain. Which we’re simply further into finding out about
  • Homage to art cinema (fin, rather than ‘questions’ or ‘end’) – well these slides were first presented (premiered) at the Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) after all.
  • A spare slide
  • Asset-Mapping and more - an outline proposal for a pan-Scotland Learning Set

    1. 1.  Asset-mapping and More… (a.k.a. AMiaB)
    2. 2.  What are health assets? With thanks to ID&eA* *A glass half-full: how an asset approach can improve community health and well-being
    3. 3.
    4. 4.
    5. 5.  Community asset-mapping
    6. 6. Service design
    7. 7.  Mapping personal landscapes. Discussed in helpful detail at: What’s ImportanT To You
    8. 8.  …Can be digital…
    9. 9.  Social Mirror
    10. 10.
    11. 11.
    12. 12.  Contacts/interest thus far: • Five localities • A national network • Two other assorted initiatives Still to come • (local improvement teams?) • (PPHW network-in-waiting?) • Self-Management projects? More info.
    13. 13.  ‘fin…’
    14. 14.  Asset-mapping and what can happen next