BASI Members Working Groups
Decisions Made by the Review Panel and Next Steps
As you are aware, the BASI Staff have been hard at work making sense of and dealing with the aftermath of Brexit. However, we have also been busy collaborating with the Members’ Working Groups that were formed last year and who have been thinking about the various ways that BASI could improve in terms of the topics that were highlighted as important during last year’ Members Survey.
Here’s a reminder of what has occurred:
- Members were asked if they were willing to take part in Working Groups in the Members’ survey in January 2020
- Working Group topics were Product Development, Equality & Inclusion, Member Experience, Communication & Engagement, Environmental and Mental Health
- Those who wanted to get involved were placed into groups with the topic which either best suited their skills/qualifications or their stated interests
- Working Groups came together in late May 2020 for an initial briefing & then set about deciding how to self-organise and select the specific issues in their topic to focus on
- A diverse Review Panel was formed which consisted of members not already in Working Groups, Trainers, BASI staff and some Board members
- Working Groups presented to the Review Panel in September 2020
The Review Panel used the following criteria to assess the content of presentations and identify what BASI would start to work on as a priority:
- Could it be achieved in a relatively short time scale?
- Would it represent a step change in terms of how things are currently done at BASI?
- Does it make commercial sense?
- Will it drive membership engagement?
- Is it genuinely innovative?
- Is there evidence that this actually makes a difference?
The Review Panel were hugely impressed with the time, effort and dedication that the Working Groups put into the work and are extremely grateful for everything that has been done thus far.
Using the criteria above, the Review Panel identified 7 specific initiatives which have been taken from 5 of the 6 Working Groups for immediate action. A suggestion from the 6th Working Group has been identified for action soon after the others. This means that all 6 Members’ Working Groups will have some aspect of their recommendations translated into action.
Several Working Groups suggested plans & strategies which were a set of clearly interconnected actions; where this was the case, the overall strategy presented will also be incorporated into BASI’s longer term development work, but the plan is to start with the quick wins. This is just the beginning!
Mental Health: The Working Group presented a clear, over-arching strategy with initiatives designed to make a difference at all levels over time. However the Review Panel felt that the right place to start is (1) on creating awareness, appreciation & value for mental health in the Trainer community as a priority,and (2) build their capability over time through education so that they can, in turn, continue to ensure BASI courses are always psychologically safe learning environments. This can then be swiftly followed by (3) showcasing our “hero” members who have achieved in the industry despite their own mental health challenges, and (4) building educational mental health content into the course resources.
Again, we want to reiterate that many of the groups presented clear joined up strategies and much of these are being folded into the overall BASI strategy going forward – but we wanted to make the quick wins and actions very clear so people can see what we’re doing & can get behind them. As these projects develop we will be approaching the Working Groups again in order to help us flesh them out, but that doesn’t stop any other Members from getting involved if they haven’t already done so!