Wow, what a whirlwind of a summer. The SILC team are only just getting their feet back on the ground and thankfully… back to the website. So here we go with some retrospective blogging on June’s activity (July, August and September to follow).

The SILC services launched with great success and enthusiasm implementing the CORE Net system. Over 100 users were set-up and trained to begin recording high-quality data which will, in time, prove incredibly valuable. I remind readers that we are solely focusing on collecting good quality data at this stage, discovering techniques about monitoring its collection and boosting its potential use and representativeness.

For us as a team, it has been a privilege to work closely with services during their initial setting-up stage. We gained many insights during implementation that for us were initially overlooked. Some even apologised for asking the seemingly obvious – which could not be further from the truth. I was reminded of the Carl Sagan quote: “There are naive questions, tedious questions, ill-phrased questions, questions put after inadequate self-criticism. But every question is a cry to understand the world. There is no such thing as a dumb question”. Such is the peculiarity of working in your own world that at times you often don’t fully appreciate the nuances involved for others working in their own. Every question raised has served to refine the project’s methodology, making it more dynamic and responsive to service needs.

The questions raised, the perceptive nature of services and the solutions they have all contributed, each have combined to generate a truly effective learning collaborative. I realise in writing this with the power of hindsight the following comment might not appear genuine, but the level of commitment, motivation and courage shown by each service instils us with great optimism. It did then, and (spoiler warning for future blog posts) … it still does.

Here’s to the rest of the quarter!


-Scott Steen, SILC Research Lead

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