Risk Assessment Decision Tool

Decision tool that helps public servants identify and manage the risks involved in an engagement.


What it might look like: Metrics could appear in official APS reports, as well as in staff’s contracts.  


Why the contribution is important

A key barrier to better engagement is that it can be perceived as risky. This Concept might encourage and enable public servants to address that.

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  • Do you know where someone else has done this well before? Is there another or better way to help public servants deal with risk when engaging?
  • How else might we create a culture that permits public servants to try different kinds of engagement?

by ProjectTeam on February 23, 2018 at 12:58PM

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Average rating: 2.1
Based on: 6 votes


  • Posted by Jillllll February 23, 2018 at 14:34

    Adding clauses to employment contracts would have to be considered on a case-by-case basis. External stakeholder engagement isn't a part of every public servant's job due to the nature of their work or their level.

    Senior Exec can support the creation of a culture of new forms of engagement by agreeing to pilot and evaluate new ideas.
  • Posted by gkend February 26, 2018 at 20:08

    I like the idea of encouraging people to engage with risk. It's just how to best do this that is the issue. Sometimes when we talk about risk, people's eyes glaze over. And some can have really set views on what risk is, how it needs to be engaged with and managed. Perhaps there is a way that we can change this conversation to help people engage with risk in a meaningful way. I'm not sure the answer is reports and putting it in staff contracts. Perhaps it's talking about engaging with risk in doing some of the other ideas??
  • Posted by TPhillips March 11, 2018 at 07:59

    Generally I like the idea of encouraging public servants to engage with slightly risky options (so I gave it a high score for potential). Plus, to the extent that engagement carries risks, this should be reflected accurately in corporate risk plans.

    But this would have to be very carefully designed. From my experience, any metric would probably cause people to further avoid risk. Why have engagement concerns show up on your “risk balance sheet” when you can avoid engagement altogether?
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