Our “In Conversation” series uses a question and answer format therefore feels less formal than our previous series of webinars. We encourage curiosity so it is great to have a chance to see what others are doing and share the highs and lows of their journey so far - plus there will be lots of ideas to lovingly lift and test in your context! The conversations are held once a term and we will alternate days of the week to support as many as possible to attend. Calendar invites and links to join will automatically be sent out to all registered members and the sessions are recorded and shared on our online platform for members to watch again later. A summary of each session is provided below.
The next conversation takes place on Thursday 7 December, 15:30 – 16:30. More details will be shared in due course but we look forward to seeing you then!
We continue to use the Glow platform as our online space to connect with and support each other, share examples of QI in practice and links to evidence and research. Any members of the exchange who do not have a Glow account, please speak to your local authority support team in the first instance and ask if they can provide you with an account to access the network. If they are unable to authorise an account, please email us at email@example.com and we will try to support you to get an account.
We will also continue to organise fringe sessions to discuss specific research, data or policy updates and how to use them to inform your practice. These sessions will be scheduled as and when opportunities arise and will be held on Microsoft Teams.
If you work in ELC and have an interest in quality improvement methods, you can register to join the learning exchange here: https://forms.office.com/r/St5DPi5Pce
In Conversation with Edinburgh City Council ELC Team - Thursday 21 September 2023
We heard about the Quality Improvement journey that Tracey Shaw and Louise Muir from Edinburgh City Council ELC Team have been on over the last three and a half year years. They talked us through their early work in relation to uptake of eligible 2's places and how this evolved into supporting homeless families with children under 5 access their ELC entitlement. They shared their data showing how a relentless focus and rigorous application of QI tools and techniques can really have an impact. The session gave us an opportunity to hear the challenges they encountered along the way, ask questions and consider what wicked problems are in other localities or settings that could benefit from a QI approach.
In Conversation with East Dunbartonshire - Thursday 18 May 2023
We heard from Leona Stewart from East Dunbartonshire Council who shared her own QI journey with us. This included talking about the benefits of completing the Scottish Improvement Leader (ScIL) Programme after a number of years working on improving quality in early years and the projects she has applied QI methods to from identifying an issue right through to robust and sustained implementation. Leona also shared how she'd used a project charter to help define the purpose of staff training and how to measure the impact of training into improvement practice in settings as well as the importance of having baseline data to identify the gap you are trying to tackle. CYPIC Improvement Advisors also shared more information on how Project Charters can be used to support your improvement work.
In Conversation with West Lothian Equity Team - Wednesday 22 March 2023
We heard from Catherine Thomas (Equity Officer) and Karlie Gray (Equity Support Officer) from the Equity Team in West Lothian Council. Catherine has been involved in QI for a number of years having undertaken the Scottish Coaching and Leading for Improvement Programme (SCLIP) and also being part of the national Language Meets Literacy Practicum. Currently part of the Equity Team, Catherine previously worked with ELC and can share a wealth of learning and insight. Karlie is a recent Scottish Improvement Leader (ScIL) graduate, haven undertaken a focused project on attendance in Primary Schools as part of the programme. She also has a passion for involving our children in QI and has been trialling "Kids QI" in her Equity focused work.