Developing a peer learning academy is a complex social venture, not a technical challenge which has a step by step methodology.
We think of it like a process of activating new public spaces; whilst we can create the core infrastructure for people to inhabit and use, we need to be active in those spaces to ensure we get the kinds of outcomes we’re aiming for.
We have defined several stages of activating a new academy:
Enabling each of these phases is a balance of proven activities and careful experimentation to make them work in the local context.
Peer Academy has developed a rigorous process for designing, activating and scaling out a peer learning academy based on experimentation culture. This process makes the development of an academy more likely to succeed within the VPS organisational context.
This process is based on:
Experiment cycles are an action research method, which enable real time communication of progress to stakeholders, collect valuable evidence for evaluation of the initiative’s outcomes, and feed behavioural insights into the evolution of the Academy over time.
The platform is activated through a series of experiment cycles which allow us to have alignment around action, observe and measure behaviour, reflect to gain insights, and then tailor the design of the next cycle to maximise the likelihood of its success.
This section details each of the experiment cycles, what they’re intended to achieve, and the evidence they’re based on.