Here's a case study of a project we delivered where our Long Haul Facilitation approach helped the group to yield an output in the form of a Strategic Plan and a great outcome in terms of practically collaborating on projects.
4 Local Government Authorities (Kojonup, Broomehill-Tambellup, Cranbrook, Plantagenet)
Strategic Planning for the Southern Voluntary Regional Organisation of Councils (VROC)
The Service We Offered
Process Design, Strategic Planning, Facilitation, Team Building and Problem Solving
The Southern VROC had a previous Plan that combined a number of project proposals in an advantageous funding environment. With the funding environment tightening, the necessity to find efficiencies and savings between the 4 LGA’s became paramount.
The constitutional make-up of the Southern VROC is 2 Elected Representatives from each of the 4 LGA’s, which then feeds back to their individual Councils. The client needed a participative process that would not only develop a common strategic plan for the VROC but also gain buy-in and commitment with the individual LGA’s.
We designed an multi stage engagement process that included an initial briefing with the CEO’s, a full Council meeting for each of the 4 LGA’s to participatively involve them in the process (and ensure no surprises back to Council) and a full VROC workshop with CEOs and key managers present to discuss the sharing of practical resources and getting buy-in. The LGA Officers were able to demonstrate their willingness to work together in front of the Elected Members. A major element of this team building also focused on identifying early wins to build a good track record for the VROC.
The Plan received the unanimous support from each of the 4 Councils without any amendments and by the time it was passed, the 4 LGA’s had already begun implementation. The group showed a great example for wider Local Government process improvement across the State.