LILARA (Learning in Local and Regional Authorities) Project - Learning Needs Audit for Regions (English)

Tool type(s): 
Tool type(s): 
Organisational Development
Tool type(s): 
City/Regional Development
Examples of Good Practice: 
Learning Organisations
Examples of Good Practice: 
Consultation and Democracy
Examples of Good Practice: 
Learning Region Strategies
Target Sector(s): 
Local/Regional Authority

The LILARA (Learning in Local and Regional Authoritie) Project was a European Commission Lifelong Learning project to assess the needs of Local and Regional Authority Employees for Education about Learning Cities and Regions. This Audit is aimed at regions - there is another directed at cities.

It is based on the Total Quality Management principle, used extensively in the most successful companies,that everyone in the organisations needs to be aware of, and to contribute to, the development of the organisation if it is to work. The same is true for the city. Local Authority employees who are aware of the municipality's plans for Learning City development can make their own contributions to its construction.

This audit tool therefore acts as a benchmark for increasing the knowledge of region employees and for activating their interest and their learning. All respondents who complete the Audit tool become more engaged with the process and their own learning needs. It is therefore in the interests of both the region and the people that as many as possible complete it as a part of their continuing professional development. It will inevitably lead to a vast increase in learning need and this can be satisfied by using the learning materials available from many sources, including this website.

There is another advantage written into the design of the audit tool. Respondents are asked not just to discover their learning needs, but also to contribute their own ideas, talents and knowledge into the process. In this way the regional administration becomes a huge learning organisation with a common objective to improve economic, social and environmental performance and a knowledgeable and willing workforce to help make it happen.

The task is relatively simple. Respondees are asked for their views on several aspects of learning region development, followed by an exercise requiring a self-assignment of learning needs priority - low, medium or high - within 12 topics relating to that process. These are
1) Basic understanding and awareness of a Learning Region,
2) Organisation and Planning of the Learning Region
3) Wealth Creation, employment and employability in a Learning Region
4) Social Issues, Personal Development, Inclusion etc
5) Educational Issues, CPD, Mentoring etc
6) Resource and Financial Issues for creating a Learning Region
7) Contribution and Participation Issues, Mobilisation of people
8) Political and Democratic Issues, consultation, charters etc
9) Technology Issues, ceating a wired city, using internet
10) Stakeholder Issues, mobilising and engaging organisations
11) Environmental Issues, climate change, ecology, sustainability
12) Cultural Issues, roles of museums, libraries, use of public spaces

The audit can be carried out as a paper or, more preferably, an online exercise as it was in the original project. The website still exists but the automatic analysis of responses is not available. The regional IT department should be able to set up the process relatively simply.