"Case studies help to create a common language."

Following the 2019 Safer Complex Systems scoping workshop, the Academy discovered that stakeholders from different sectors and disciplines work on different parts of the same system, but talk about it in very different ways. The Academy want to create a common way for different stakeholders to communicate about safety in complex systems because if we improve communication, we will enable better collaboration.

This Call for Case Studies asks applicants to examine past examples of success and failure in the design, management and governance of complex systems globally. The purpose is to extract the key lessons and to share them widely across sectors and international boundaries to inspire safer practices and to protect life.

Through this Call for Case Studies, the Academy hopes to identify opportunities to increase safety through broader application of existing good practice, which includes the following:

  • Transfer of effective methodologies across sectors and international contexts
  • Combining two or more existing methodologies to make a new, more effective approach

The Academy will publish written case studies in a free, online library to enable widespread dissemination of good practice and lessons learned following failure.The Academy is asking Academia and Industry communities to help develop these case studies and to support the global community to learn from one another.

For organisations that have already produced written case studies, there may also be opportunities to develop the written case studies into creative resources to help engage the target audience (e.g. films, animations, media articles, interactive tools, and/or documentaries).

 

Application Process

  • Call for Abstracts (January - February 2020)

Please submit a short summary of a case study of a complex system located anywhere globally that you think it is important for the rest of the global community to be aware of and to learn from.

  • Academy funds successful Abstracts to develop a full case study (Final deadline for delivery of case study is May 2020)

From the submitted Abstracts, the Programme Board will select the case studies they believe will be most helpful to a diverse, global community. The Academy will provide funding to develop the Abstract into a full piece of research, to produce a full written case study. The Academy will publish the final case studies both online and offline. Once the written case study is complete, there may also be opportunities to develop the case studies into creative resources to help engage the target audience (e.g. films, animations, media articles, interactive tools, and/or documentaries).

 

How to Apply?

All applications must be submitted via the online grants system (you must register an account). Applications can only be submitted by the Lead Applicant. Please read the below guidance notes before starting your application.

Guidance Notes for Call for Case Studies (312.39 KB)