Some quiet planning before our presentation to our executive sponsor on the final results for our trial and recommendations for the way ahead. The barista somehow captured our cautious optimism on how our work might be received. ⠀ ⠀ As it happened, it was an excellent discussion. Our analysis was positively received with an interest to continue collaborating using the lessons from the study.
A discussion with a justice team interested in applying our work on vulnerable groups to their own program. A good discussion with a request for us to help them develop the roll out of their service into other areas.
We presented our recommendations for scaling-up to senior managers, who were highly engaged and supportive. They asked clever questions about how to better use technology to prompt enrollment and contract updates, how to deliver support more efficiently and how to coordinate change across the state. It was a true pleasure.
Took some time out to relax after a busy period and had a great time with excellent company and food. However the massage was not what I expected. It felt strange as I walked out. The masseuse cracked my foot loudly and over the next day it increasingly hurt to walk. A few weeks later, it turns out that the sharp movement led to fluid filling around my Achilles tendon. It was painful to walk and it's been a slow road to recovery.
I presented on our project with vulnerable people. The questions from the audience were interesting, from specifics about our methods, to how we can encourage conservative organisations to go through the cultural change required to adopt our recommendations. ⠀ ⠀ On the way, I saw this gorgeous street art mural featuring Kingfishers and Kookaburras of Australia. Yes, that's an abandoned shopping trolley!
A couple of months ago, I was invited to the Workshop for Computational Behavioural Science, at the University of Melbourne. It was a very interesting day, with presentations on behavioural science from academics and discussion on how a proposed new centre of excellence could address pressing social policy problems. I went to an old favourite cafe with lots of retro photos on the walls and indulged in my favourite meal - all day breakfast!