Tools

Tools are objects that aim to support people perform a function to achieve a desired outcome. A suite of tools that seek to enable a common outcome make up a toolkit.

Like any kind of tool, a tool designed to support people to consider community and societal issues is never used for its own sake. Instead it supports a practice of engagement when thinking about issues and working with other people. This means that your toolbox needs to contain many other elements alongside your tools; considering the approach you embody, language you use, the values and assumptions that are complicit in your actions and intentions, and the context you are working in are all important. All of these additional elements combine to affect the outcomes of interactions in which tools are used.

Future risks and opportunities toolkit

Building strategies for the future

Future risks and opportunities toolkit

A set of 19 cards which describe different techniques and methods, and 3 diagrams, which explain the technique, when it may be useful, the amount of expertise the tools requires, the time the tool can take to work through, how many people may benefit from being involved and a ‘how to use’ guidelines.

Leading for outcomes: a guide

Outcomes-focused practice

Leading for outcomes: a guide

Leading for outcomes: a guide provides support and training materials for leading social services staff and those in related disciplines to practice in an outcomes-focused way. The guide is aimed at team leaders, managers and those in training roles. It is primarily addressed at those working in adult social care.

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