In the Strategic SCAN Lab, we prototype, test, and refine the Strategic SCAN protocol, a process and set of tools for assessing a group’s level of:

  • Systems understanding
  • Collaborative capacity
  • And
  • Network readiness

 

This field-testing lab is co-hosted by:

 

INTENTION

The intention of ISC’s Strategic SCAN Lab is to:

  • Clarify the characteristics that differentiate levels of SCAN approaches in practice
  • Document the SCAN capacities of many groups
  • Understand the relationship between the level of SCAN capacities and a group’s performance, as measured by its impact, resilience, and experience
  • Align the design of SCAN transformational processes with a group’s SCAN capacities
  • Provide a tested framework that enables funders to distinguish high-performers and high-potential groups and change agents to work with a group at the level of their actual agreements
  • Establish the foundations to be able to certify an organization’s SCAN capacities and its demonstrated level of Impact Resilience

 

WHAT IT IS

The Strategic SCAN assessment has been described in CHOICE PICNIC whitepapers:

 

There are four versions of the Strategic SCAN assessment:

  • Strategic SCAN Lab research versions
    1. 4-hour hypothesis formation
    2. 3-day high-level qualitative refutation
  • Vibrancy product lines
    1. 4-week quantitative, evidence-based assessment
    2. 6-week participatory, future-definition assessment

 

The Strategic SCAN consists of 8 assessments.

  Assessment Process Source
1 Experience Agreements Health Check survey Co-investor perceived experience, with survey responses from key people
2 Agreements Agreements Evidence Map Co-investor reflections on group interactions, in group documents, and in individual interviews
3 Systemic leverage Systemic Leverage Index Strategic systems map of the group
4 Epimemetics Metamemetic Map Agreements Evidence Map
5 Cohosting capacity Cohosting Roaming Space Co-investor perception of key leaders and participants in group
6 Impact eCubed Formulation of Impact Resilience Scorecard, and co-investor documentation of the degree to which its impact reaches everyone everywhere in the defined system everyday
7 Desired resilience Resilience Geometry Co-investor perceived and documented vision
8 Benefits and costs of shift Costs of Scarcity Agreements Evidence Map

 

ENGAGEMENT PROCESS

To engage in the Strategic SCAN assessment, certified practitioners are invited to:

  • Read the CHOICE PICNIC whitepapers listed above
  • Watch the related Vibrancy product-line videos
  • Participate in the ZOOM Q&A session (described below)
  • Choose a group to assess (described below)
  • Apply the 4-hour hypothesis formation version of the Strategic SCAN
  • Share what was learned at the ISC Strategic SCAN Lab workshop (described below)

 

SHARING LESSONS LEARNED AND CASE STUDIES

  • Zoom Q&A Session
  • Workshop
    • August 12-14, 2018
    • Belchertown, MA
    • bring at least 2 Strategic SCAN assessments

 

POTENTIAL GROUPS

Choose a group you would like to assess in the “Groups to Assess” GoogleSheet.  You can either (a) choose one of the groups already listed or (b) add one to the list.