Stage Five – Pilot Testing for Context
The prototyping will be complete when you have enough detail to properly design a pilot with enough fidelity that you have a sufficiently mature delivery and management architecture to enable you to assess differences required by different contexts. This is also the stage where you begin to have enough volume to be able to make decent conclusions about outcomes and impact, and “what works for who, under what conditions”.
Stage Five ends with a Learning session, that assesses the group’s process, trust and group cohesion as well as any Assessment of Progress and Outcomes/Value to provide information to all organizations for their Go/NoGo decision to continue participating. The early Terrain maps can be updated with additional details learned along the process. Adaptations can be made to the group’s process or within collaborating members’ operations to improve the next stage, or to improve future collaborations. The funder may also have a Go/NoGo decision depending on the agreements made.
The new practices, services or environments that have survived the rigour of the piloting process can then be integrated into routine operation, while retiring the services or environments that have been improved through the process. Stages Six and Seven take the innovation into routine practice, where the ongoing adaptation will, over time, identify the need for another innovation process.