Stage 1: Aims and Objectives
At the completion of Stage 1 consideration must be given to the ongoing attainability of piloting the innovation. This will be summarised within the outline business case confirming the preferred way forward. The extent and depth of this review will be appropriate for the scale of the innovation under consideration. The review should demonstrate that the overall aims and scope of the pilot have been clearly defined and that these are attainable within the agreed financial and other limits identified within the feasibility study.
Checklist 1 – Aims and Objectives provides a summary of issues that should be considered, addressed and reviewed by the completion of this stage.
If an innovation is not considered attainable at the completion of Stage 1 the pilot should not be progressed. This could be for a number of reasons, for example the innovation may not be appropriate at this time or the potential impacts may be considered to be excessively detrimental. An exit strategy to provide a smooth completion of the pilot at this stage will need to be developed and implemented. Whatever the reasoning, lessons can be learnt from this aims and objectives stage and it is essential that these are collated and disseminated in accordance with the guidance provided in Stage 5.
If at the completion of Stage 1 the review concludes the innovation is attainable, it will progress to Stage 2.