Collaborative Design Programme

The Victims and Survivors Unit within The Executive Office works to raise awareness of, and co-ordinate activity on, issues affecting victims and survivors of our troubled past across the devolved administration and throughout Northern Ireland in general. They aim to ensure that the rights and needs of victims and survivors are given a high priority. The unit has oversight responsibility for the Commission for Victims and Survivors and the Victims and Survivors Service.

Overview

The Victims and Survivors Unit are currently working alongside the Commission for Victims and Survivors and the Victims and Survivors Service to improve the delivery of services and support.

They are keen to learn from the experiences and insight of everyone who is involved in this area, from service providers to service users, their families, and support networks.

If you wish to participate in this programme of engagement, please do not hesitate to email the programme team directly via: mailto: vscdp@executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk.

Work so Far 

The Victims and Survivors Unit held an initial collaborative design workshop on 17 April 2015 in conjunction with the Commission for Victims and Survivors (CVS) and the Victims and Survivors Service (VSS) to help capture initial thoughts on potential design ideas for improving services to Victims and Survivors and identify priorities for further consideration on the following themes:

  • The Victims Support Programme
  • The Individual Needs Programme
  • Mental Trauma Services

Please click here to view a short presentation on each of the three priority areas above from The Executive Office, CVS and VSS.

Please click here to view a short presentation by Professor Siobhan O’Neill of Ulster University relating mental trauma and the Conflict in Northern Ireland.

A second workshop was held on 12 June 2015 to explore how we can design better services for victims and survivors on the identified key priority area of “partnership and collaborative working”.

Please click here to view a short presentation on the priority area of “Partnership and Collaborative Working” above from The Executive Office, CVS and VSS.

A third series of collaborative design engagement was held on the 17, 18 and 19 February 2016.  The aim of the seminars was to provide an update on the collaborative design programme of work, which included details of the evaluation of the pilot on personalised budgets, caseworkers and assessment process, Victims and Survivors funding programmes for 2016-2017 including the PEACE IV Programme and proposed next steps for the incoming year.

To view a short presentation of the update on the collaborative design programme of work above from The Executive Office, VSS and the CVS, please click here.

To view feedback received on the development of the key themes within the victim’s element of the PEACE IV Programme, click here.

The Future

The Collaborative Design Programme will continue throughout 2016-17 moving towards an improved service delivery model from April 2017 onwards. Engagement across the victims sector to help inform this ongoing collaborative programme of work will continue.