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INNOVATION
Case Studies
Let's look at a few examples of innovation
in practice within the park and
recreation industry. Although these
examples are from larger agencies,
this does not prohibit any size organization
from creating a culture of innovation
that is scaled to their needs.
The
Chicago Park
District
(CPD) took a direct path to tackling
an age-old issue for most organizations
- training and development.
Approximately 13 years
ago, CPD created a professional
development manager position for
community recreation. Leading up
to that, CPD leadership knew that
training had been inconsistent -
In our world of parks and recreation,
innovation is a product, program, service
or business strategy that's new or fresh
and ultimately useful to our organization
and community.
there were concerns with training
quality, along with overall support
and availability for the staff. With
the hiring of a professional development
manager, the goal was to
centralize training, set standards
and launch a needs assessment for
the
district's Community Recreation
Department. From that data,
the district recognized a need to
expand training throughout the organization
and launched its Workforce
Development Department.
The department was created on essentially
a zero-based budget, with
staff throughout the district forming
the team.
This new Workforce Development
Department ultimately was
responsible for:
* Coordinating with other departments
to develop district-wide
employee conferences that
include
soft and hard skills and
role-specific training, such as
dance class instruction, equipment
use, emotional intelligence,
seasonal sports, financial awareness
and career advancement.
* Launching and maintaining a
learning management system
that contains a library of more
than 2,000 custom and off-theshelf
online
trainings,
which
staff
can access anytime. This
tool also tracks continuing education
units, certifications, compliance
and reporting. It also has
career path trainings, so staff can
prepare for their next position.
* Partnering
with
local colleges
and universities to obtain discounts
for staff, as well as to lead
workshops.
* Creating and leading a variety of
workshops, including the Certi48
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