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Finding common priorities matter

Finding common priorities matter

We achieve more when we work together.

In 2017 COPEScotland participated in a piece of work around transformation in primary care. This was a partnership with the local community, experts on the lived experience of mental distress, the local GP cluster, GCHSCP, and other partners and organisations interested in mental well-being.

What became clear early doors was there was a need to find a way to capture diverse priorities and then focus on areas of commonality to work towards an action plan all stakeholders could sign up to. 

The Jigsaw Toolkit was born. Created by COPEScotland as a simple tool that can help make complexity less complicated.

For anyone interested in the Jigsaw Project please read the two reports:

Drumchapel and Yoker GP's perception of the Jigsaw Project 2017-29.

COPEScotland's perception of a piece of the Jigsaw.

Even though that specific project is over, the connections and communications continue,  we just need to find some areas we share, work together on that, and then learn, we have far more in common than we realised.

COPEScotland has developed the Jigsaw Lid toolkit further to explore ideas for action with other stakeholders working across non-traditional boundaries, including gambling harms, suicide prevention, climate change, and more.

Most recently we have been in the process of developing a lid to capture the diversity of learning needs around networking and network weaving and we want to share two lids that are in development.

If anyone has any ideas of pieces of the Jigsaw that are missing, please email your thoughts to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. they will be appreciated and used to help inform an evolving learning space around sharing the ideas and resources identified as needed for us as networkers and to help support, motivate and develop the networks we are members of, where this has relevance to us. 

We are delighted to be working with members of the Q Community,  Health and Social Care Alliance (The ALLIANCE)Q in ScotlandQ in Wales, Hexitime, and many more on this piece of work as we do believe we do achieve more when we work together.

The basic principles of a Jigsaw lid are around how we find ways to share our ideas as a visual tool, it can be adapted to use other senses e.g., touch. Diverse stakeholders each create their own pieces to create the puzzle of their Jigsaw lid. The pieces make up the picture of the Jigsaw which they select what they believe matters for the matter being discussed, then the stakeholders come together to share each other's Jigsaw lids, to become aware of the diversity of views on the pieces needed for that issues to be resolved and to find areas in common to help them decide where energy will be invested next. There may be pieces of the puzzle that are different, however, rather than invest energy in what we do not agree on, the Jigsaw lids offer an opportunity to focus on something we share. Our experience has created many Jigsaw lids with many diverse stakeholders and there is always at least one piece of the puzzle in common, often more.

If you are interested in being part of a learning community across many diverse stakeholders interested in developing themselves as a network weaver or finding ideas to develop their networks further, then please do email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

You may also be interested in visiting these two websites which offer some really helpful tools and resources, https://networkweaver.com/ and https://www.liberatingstructures.com/

The two lids shared in these pieces offer ideas of some of the pieces we have heard are needed to help support networks, if you have any ideas, please do share. The reverse of the lids shares more about the process of creation. We know there are more than twelve pieces needed, however, we have found twelve pieces offer enough space to honour what has been shared and is a manageable number for creating an action plan for what is next. The lid is only one step in the process of change. The next step is up to the stakeholders. Therefore, time is spent deciding what elements are needed to bring about some of the changes people are seeking to help achieve the vision of a kinder, safer, more equal world where people and the planet suffer less can come true. We share this in kindness. 

The currency of real networking is not greed but generosity.

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