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ok, thanks. rc

On Sun, Nov 29, 2009 at 8:19 PM, Stefan Wasilewski <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Count me interested.


On 29 Nov 2009, at 01:33, russell_c wrote:

I am involved in a trial of the SenseMaker (SM) product and Cognitive Edge approach. (see: http://www.sensemaker-suite.com/ )

It has been twisting and turning for about 18 months (since mid-2008) due to local chaos conditions in public sector governance structures etc.

However, we are now at the final survey design stage and I was hoping, for personal research reasons, to try and include a VSM aspect within it.

Unfortunately I am not formally trained in the SM methodology or design, but they (Cognitive Edge) are handling that aspect in any case. If anyone is interested, a summary site is here: http://r4regions.wikispaces.com/ and the VSM related section is at http://r4regions.wikispaces.com/Viability+Checklist

I am hoping, if possible, to capture some evidence that the broad VSM outline (including 3*) is detectable in responses -- perhaps as attitudinal or values domains.

For example, I asked Dave S. if they could link SM into a priority ranking framework to rank resources to project submissions and operational plans etc. I'm thinking multi-criteria decision analysis, and I'd assume public stakeholder perceptions (of value) collected from SenseMaker would also be a good cross-check, or perhaps directly inform the weighting of elements etc. (*)

His response: "yes that ranking can be managed, if we included it in the signifier set" (and hey, I'm assuming Dave is not listening in on this Listserv!)

So, in addition, now I'm thinking about what "signifier set" would capture VSM profiles in the population. For example, I'd assume that we would find a lot of S2 related attitudes and values in public sector finance employees.  There is a Figure 1 at http://r4regions.wikispaces.com/1.+Introduction which helps put this in context -- i.e., internal staff alignment with external stakeholder sets ... and if possible with the VSM framework.

If anyone has any ideas, or knows of work in this area, I'd be most happy to know more.

We should be going out with a test run in early December. I'm happy to share results in due course.

Please email me here or directly at: [log in to unmask]

Many thanks in anticipation & regards
Russell

(*) for example: Mabin, V., Menzies, M., King, G., and Joyce, K. (2001). ‘Public Sector Priority Setting Using Decision Support Tools’, Australian Journal of Public Administration, 60(2): 44-59, June.Also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Analytic_Hierarchy_Process
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