A Proposed Analytical Framework for Canadian Whole-of-Government Lessons Learned

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Authors
  1. McIntyre, S.G.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Ottawa Ont (CAN) Corporate Office
Abstract
Meta-organizational approaches involving multiple government agencies or levels of government, military-civilian combinations, multi-sector or international coalitions are becoming increasingly standard practice for addressing complex operations. One of the challenges in the post-event Lessons Learned period has been the lack of an adequate analytical framework, which has led to the re-identification of key issues in similar lessons learned processes and documents each time. The objective of this chapter is to build upon the existing knowledge base of identified lessons and reduce the learning curve for future analysts. By developing a framework for the collection and analysis of whole-of-government Lessons Learned, future practitioners will have a consistent set of parameters upon which to develop their core collection plans, a structure for analysis, and be able to identify known risks to mission success. Drawing upon Canadian and international experiences from whole-of-government and comprehensive approaches, the chapter provides two considerations for issues analysis: a derived critical topics list for meta-organizational approaches and a capabilities framework that could be applied to lessons learned approaches in these kinds of complex initiatives.
Keywords
lessons learned;meta-organizations;whole-of-government
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2015-P163 — External Literature
Date of publication
07 Jan 2016
Number of Pages
18
DSTKIM No
CA041872
CANDIS No
802987
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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