Action Learning Sets
Policy and decision makers at all governance levels - from the local and regional to the national and European
level - involved in innovation, social, labour, structural policies or other policy areas of interest for
marginalised and vulnerable groups in society.
The above target group is invited to participate in SIMPACT's research activities by means of policy action learning sets
and Go to Policy Dialoguepolicy dialogue workshops.
With the aim of Go to Public Policy Instrumentspolicy case study analysis,
action Learning strives to engage policy makers in progressive reflection, insight and
learning relating to the nature and effectiveness of different policy approaches.
The planned three action learning sets will bring together relevant policy representatives from each case
over a seven-month period. Through expert facilitation, action learning sets build empathy and co-operation
between members who represent diverse case settings, leading to knowledge sharing, critical reflection and
mutual support. This process of exchange will lead to the creation of new knowledge at two levels:
- At case level comparison between cases and dialogue between participants will generate
new understanding of the enablers and inhibitors in the policy and regulatory environment of each
social innovation. This will provide participants with an opportunity to reflect on and to refine
practice within their own cases, and the experience gained during the process of refinement itself
becomes the focus for discussion at subsequent Action Learning Set meetings.
- At system level it will lead to the identification of generic
and transferable lessons on which the practical guidance for policy makers can draw.