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A1-3 Develop a coherent vision and communications & engagement plan for RPL

Positioning questions

  • Have a clear departmental vision and measures of success for RPL been identified?
  • Have clear communications objectives and key messages for RPL been identified - targeted at internal and external stakeholder groups?
  • To what degree are staff communicating the same clear key messages about RPL to different stakeholder groups?

Indicators of good practice

  • A departmental vision for RPL has been developed as a collaborative departmental exercise which provides stakeholders with a clear and meaningful insight as to the departments overall long-term aims for RPL.
  • A communications plan is developed as a collaborative exercise, taking the opportunity to engage all stakeholder groups with its development and using ICT where appropriate.
  • Stakeholder groups are identified, representing all those who need to be engaged with developing and implementing RPL e.g.
    • Senior departmental management team.
    • Programme teams.
    • Departmental administrators.
    • Key employers and PSRBs.
    • Learners.
    • Professional support services staff.
    • Institutional staff who have roles involved with RPL e.g. registry staff, senior management. 
  • Measures of success for developing and implementing RPL are defined.
  • Communications objectives are established for each stakeholder group.
  • Key communications messages for each stakeholder group are established.
  • The institutional and departmental stance, policy and process for RPL is made clear for all stakeholders.
  • The various approaches and models of RPL which recognise different needs and interests of each stakeholder are made clear.
  • Communications technologies are used in a blended approach with traditional communications channels. .
  • The communications plan and approaches are aligned with other initiatives, departments etc.