Combining Resources: A Participatory Intervention Promoting Organisational Learning, Social Innovation and Interorganisational Collaborations In Criminal Justice


Sarah Hean; Marie Aakjær; Laure Kloetzer; Laura Seppännen; Anu Kajamaa; Päivikki Lahtinen; Tine Murphy


COLAB, criminal justice, criminal justice system, Change Laboratory, Formative interventions, Participatory research


This chapter presents a participatory model for promoting organisational learning and innovation with potential application in criminal justice related organisations. We share the sensemaking process engaged in by the COLAB consortium tasked with comparing and contrasting a range of participatory interventions and developing a potentially hybrid model that combined the strengths of each. We describe this model on 11 key dimensions, that in themselves offer a useful tool through which different participatory methods might be compared. An expanded participatory model based on the Change Laboratory model and expansive learning cycle is presented, one augmented with the beneficial components of Activity Clinics, Boundary crossing workshops and codesign methods and developed within the criminal justice context.

Author Biographies

Sarah Hean

Det samfunnsvitenskapelige fakulte
Universitetet i Stavanger

Marie Aakjær

Associate Professor
Center for Management and Experience Design
University College Absalon

Laure Kloetzer

Assistant Professor
Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines
Université de Neuchâtel

Laura Seppännen
Senior Research Scientist Finnish Institute of Occupational Health
Anu Kajamaa

Adjunct Professor
Faculty of Educational Sciences
University of Helsinki

Päivikki Lahtinen

CoLAB Learning Center
University of Agder

Tine Murphy

Associate Professor 
Center for Ledelse og Oplevelsesdesign
University College Absalon

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February 21, 2020

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