Best Practice Visits (BPVs) can lead to rapid and relevant changes in companies that are open to new ideas. But the experience should be a planned and managed one, and should pro-actively involve all stakeholders if optimal benefits are to be achieved. In order to maximise learning, a BPV should:
To ensure that the visit does these things, all stakeholders have to “plan, do, study, act” throughout. By preparing, attending, analysing and implementing learning throughout the period of the visit and afterwards back at the workplace, participants and their employing company will gain insights that can equip them to do things differently.
The guidelines will enable companies to:
There are two main elements:
The guidelines should be accessed as soon as a BPV is proposed.
The guidelines are intended to be used by Best Practice Visit organisers, participants and their line managers. Guidelines are provided for three stages of the visit:
The guidelines are designed to enable everybody involved to plan, implement and review the visit to capitalise on the learning opportunities offered.
Focus and attention must be given to each of the stages in order to ensure that benefits from the visit are maximised.