Sign up now for Meetup #13: Open space

Sponsored by ScrutinyMeetup #13: You choose the topics 14.00- 16.00, 19th January 2021 No theme this time. Following a suggestion from a couple of our participants, this meetup will be ‘open space’ – we will give you the chance to choose the topics for the breakout rooms and then decide which breakout rooms you go …

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In practice: How can we improve our scrutiny annual reports?

This is a guest post from Catherine Buckley at Knowlsey Council. Thanks Catherine!   Each year we all complete an annual report. Generally speaking they cover the work of the function over the past year, edited highlights, perhaps a bit of impact, feedback/insight and maybe some information on where scrutiny has added value or what …

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Meetup notes: Design your perfect scrutiny officer

At this scrutinymeetup we did two things – an informal review to help us plan ahead and a longer activity looking at the strengths we might associate with the perfect scrutiny officer. Also we had a tenuous robot theme for some reason or other. Review of the meetups Here are people’s thoughts on the meetups …

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Activity instructions – meetup #12

Here are the instructions for meetup #12 – design your perfect scrutiny officer. We publish these for participants to refer to during the meetups. Nine Minute Networking Two rounds of nine minutes in threes (or fours) Talking points: What’s something you like about the meetups? What’s something you might change? What might be a good …

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Sign up now for ScrutinyMeetup #12: Design your perfect scrutiny officer

Sponsored by ScrutinyMeetup #12: Design your perfect scrutiny officer 14.00- 16.00, 26th November 2020 Following a suggestion from one of our participants, this meetup will be looking at the qualities needed to be a super scrutiny officer. As you know, this role has many different dimensions. At different times you might be have to be …

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Meetup notes: Demonstrating the effectiveness of scrutiny

This meetup was all about how to demonstrate the effectiveness of scrutiny. We tried a new liberating structure called Triz. And we tried using Google Jamboards for the group work for the first time. Both worked really well. Hooray! We also had a tenuous disaster movie theme. Matt likes to call Triz ‘Twister’, so that …

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Activity instructions – Scrutiny Meetup #11

Nine minute networking Two rounds of nine minutes in threes (or fours) Talking points: What’s a piece of feedback you have been pleased about? How did you find out about something your organisation has done well? Triz (40 mins) The ‘Theory of Solving Ingenious Problems’ Also known as the ‘anti-problem technique’, sometimes identifying ways to …

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Sign up now for Deep Impact: Demonstrating the effectiveness of scrutiny

Sponsored by ScrutinyMeetup #11: Deep impact: Demonstrating the effectiveness of scrutiny 14.00- 16.00, 4th November 2020 In this meetup we will be examining that thorny problem of how to show that scrutiny is making a difference (it is of course). It’s been suggested by more than one participant and we know it’s a tricky one. …

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Meetup notes: Virtual inquiries and reviews in a time of Covid

This meetup had a Star Trek theme because, you know, Star Trek. We did three, loosely connected, activities to help participants work through the issues (instructions here) and here are the points they shared in the chat. Hope it’s useful. What’s something your organisation has done virtually that has impressed you? We held a virtual …

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