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Decision making – what’s next?

It’s important to remember that an innovating street project can be a success even if the specific change tested is not adopted.

The process itself will have benefit in raising awareness of the problem, working with the community on the change, trying something new in the organisation, making new connections with people, and looking to make changes quickly.

You need to look back on the decisions you made at the outset of the project:

  • the project’s objectives
  • the different manifestations of success
  • your organisation’s commitment to innovating and learning, under different ‘success’ or ‘failure’ scenarios
  • the project partners’ commitment to backing the initiative and/or its intention under different ‘success’ or ‘failure’ scenarios

Ultimately, the Innovating Streets project owners will have to decide:

  • can a permanent version of the street innovation move forward, or
  • did the trialled solution fail to address the problems identified?

If the tested change is a success, the process and reporting can be used to support any required business case, formal approval (e.g. resolution), gateway or Memorandum of Understanding with partners. If the tested change is not to be made permanent, the reporting can be used to inform other projects going forward.

Hopefully the process itself was a success and the approach to deliver innovating street temporary projects is a step closer to becoming the new business as usual.

But regardless of the result, be sure to bring your insights from the project to the peer communities of Innovating Streets. Sharing insights is what lets organisations up and down the country learn and become more confident at improving New Zealand streets, and lets the support for this vital work get better and better.

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