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Looking Forward

The principles look to the core values of regional place based decision making.

They require the region to articulate the intent of its actions and identify and record any constraints, laws or ethical considerations impacting the decision.

They require the actors to identify both enabling policies and precedents and to confirm their application or otherwise to the situation with specific attention to the intent of the policies.

They require explicit application of negotiated decision making processes.

How it works?

The Regional Solutions Framework engages local regional groups (in various formats depending on the project) to:

  1. Respond as a community  to problems and opportunities as they arise  - people centered solutions
  2. Undertake a systems based approach to problem solving
  3. Value and develop social capital through both business and community involvement from the earliest stage
  4. Define and gain acceptance and support for a shared understanding and vision for the project
  5. Draw on and value evidence against defined criteria
  6. Test, innovate and redefine as part of the regional solutions framework
  7. Collaborate
  8. Utilise technology
  9. Demonstrate tangible value
  10. Monitor and measure outcomes

Accountability

Given it is not possible to create action/response protocols or models for the unique situation of any particular region the basis of the Regional Solutions Framework is to provide a series of  underlying principles that underpin but do not dictate solutions. 

It is critical that each principle is examined and to draw up a statement in relation to each principle in the light of regions unique attributes. 

The temptation will be to reframe the principles to support what is or preferred solutions. The principles require to explicitly identify and explain deviations from the principles and the alternative ways in which you are delivering against the principles

Techniques

Key elements explored by the application of the Regional Solutions Framework relate to design thinking and lean startup for strategic innovation for example how to:

  • Generate and keep options open for as long as possible;
  • Build in stop and start mechanisms;
  • Accommodate dynamic and uncertainty surrounding most decision making businesses face day-to-day;
  • Use networking and connectedness to engage harness community energy.

Summary

The fundamental premise of the Regional Solutions Framework is that innovation is progressed by demonstration. Unless placed-based projects are delivered the policy is irrelevant. The principles are tested and refined through prototyping in an action learning process with real world project development.

 

“A Regional Solutions Framework approach seeks to deliver the most leveraged project outcomes for policy programs. It is the ultimate fusion of policy and place.”

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