What are the risks of not having a robust options appraisal process?
Tough decisions face challenge which can be magnified if the options have not been fully explored. Implementation can fail if plans are not robust and well thought through and even the best ideas can face failure if people are not involved throughout the journey.
How might you mitigate these risks?
Developing an evidence base to inform decision making is imperative while collaborating with key stakeholders will give a richer and more realistic picture. The process can include; baselining information, benchmarking, talking to people, engaging with staff and users, asking fundamental questions, and understanding the future vision for the service and the organisation. We can then help you to explore options, test concepts, and model and present options. All of this is underpinned by maintaining a strategic alignment and making sure that the benefits, dis-benefits, costs, savings and deliverability are all understood.
What are the benefits/ value of a different approach?
Fully exploring your options will give you a clearer picture of what’s possible. It will provide evidence to help with discussion and decision making. It will develop greater understanding of the issues that you’re trying to solve, allowing space for input, which will in turn develop ownership and support of change. We can work with you to identify and explore the opportunities available to your organisation and build an evidence based business case to assist your decision making process.
Some of our Work
Developing Options for Outdoor Education
The City of Wolverhampton Council (CWC) owns and operates The Towers Outdoor Residential Pursuits Centre (Towers) near Betws-y-Coed in North Wales. The Towers offers outdoor education activity to school pupils from Wolverhampton and other schools, outside of the Wolverhampton area, to support learning and personal development as outlined in the National Curriculum. The Centre is […]
Library Service Financial Modelling
Local Authorities must provide a comprehensive and efficient library service for all persons in the area that want to make use of it, taking into account local needs and within available resources. C.Co was asked by the Council to provide a baseline on the current financial position of its Library Service and to advise on […]
Children’s Services Review
C.Co was invited by DCST to work with its stakeholders to help identify areas for improvement, with a spotlight on maximising existing resources i.e. ensuring that the right people with the right skills are in the right places at the right time.