Are you involved in a multi-agency intervention?
Have you reached a dead end?
The Imagined Futures Think Tank designed to break down barriers to service coordination is now open for business!
All members are eligible to refer cases to the Think Tank
The Co-ordination of Wrap Around Services (CWS) working group set up a Think Tank to support agencies that are encountering systemic barriers to the delivery of a seamless service to their clients. If you (or a member of your agency) have a client whose needs are not being met as a result of a systemic barrier, then as a member of the Imagined Futures you are eligible to put in a referral to the Think Tank!
The Think Tank draws on the collective wisdom and diverse perspectives of the Imagined Futures membership to become a problem-solver of last resort. The purpose of the Think Tank is to endeavour to provide you with innovative responses and recommendations to break down the barrier/s you are encountering.
For more information on the Think Tank and the referral process please review the guidelines below.
We look forward to hearing from you!
The establishment of a Think Tank was an agreed outcome of the South West Metropolitan Partnership Forum’s (SWMPF) / Imagined Futures project to improve the Coordination of Wrap-Around Services for Individuals with Multiple Needs (CWS).
The Think Tank seeks to address the systemic barriers that are impeding the delivery of a seamless service to clients with multiple needs. To that end, the Think Tank works to develop innovative strategies and recommendations to overcome these hurdles, drawing on the expertise and knowledge of the broad range of stakeholders.
The Think Tank deals only with referrals from service providers that have identified systemic barriers impeding the delivery of positive outcomes for their clients.
The members of the Imagined Futures Leadership Group (and/or their delegates) will be invited to participate in the Think Tank.
The Think Tank is concerned with addressing systemic barriers to the coordination of services for individuals with multiple and complex needs. It offers a process for proposing broad options and ideas, rather than a service oriented entity. As such, it encourages creative and innovative thinking to overcome systemic barriers rather than diagnostic problem solving.
The Think Tank, therefore, either makes a recommendation to overcome the identified systemic barrier or, where the removal of that systemic barrier would require a policy change, the Think Tank will draw on the Imagined Futures’ advocacy role to effect that change. This kind of advocacy work aligns with the broader aims of Imagined Futures.
Membership of the Think Tank
- The members of the Imagined Futures Leadership Group are invited to nominate themselves and/or people from their organisations (as appropriate).
- Other Leadership Group members may also be called upon as required by the specific referral.
- The Think Tank is chaired by the Imagined Futures secretariat.
Process for making referrals to the Think Tank
- All Imagined Futures members are eligible to make a referral to the Think Tank.
- Referrals can be made by telephone, email or through the online referral form.
- The referrals are administered and assessed by the Imagined Futures secretariat.
- The referring agency will be advised of the expected turnaround time at the earliest opportunity following receipt of the referral.
How to make a referral
Email enquiries, call Judy Walls on 9430 4159 or submit the online referral form.
The Think Tank meeting
- The Imagined Futures secretariat invites the appropriate Leadership Group members or other representatives from their organisations (invitees will depend on the nature of the referral).
- All Think Tank meetings endeavour to include a mix of representatives from all five stakeholders groupings (Not-for-profit; Government; Business; Community and Philanthropy) and relevant knowledge and experience depending on the nature of the referral. This will ensure there is a diversity of perspectives at the table to encourage creative and innovative thinking..
- Each meeting comprises between 5 and 8 members plus the referral agency representative.
- The Think Tank meets from 10.00am to 12.00pm on the last Tuesday of the month. Participation is rotated among the Leadership Group members to minimise the number of meetings any one member attends.
- Invited members receive the referral documentation at least one week before the meeting.
- The referring agency is given 5 minutes at the start of the meeting to present.
Responsibilities of the referring agency
- The referring agency has sole and continuous responsibility for taking its case forward following the recommendations of the Think Tank.
- The referring agency will be asked to deliver a summarised progress report to the Imagined Futures secretariat within six weeks of the meeting.
- The Think Tank is not a crisis response service and as such agencies should continue all relevant services while the Think Tank work is reviewing the issue raised.
- The Imagined Futures Leadership Group receives regular reports on the Think Tank.
- The Imagined Futures secretariat is building a body of case studies to inform relevant advocacy work to be undertaken by Imagined Futures.
- Updates on the work of the Think Tank are provided on the SWMPF website.
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