Summary of Objective Implementation Status
By improving information and knowledge sharing within and between County departments, the County will increase its capacity for information dissemination, allow for greater transparency of cross-County department and agency activity, and promote organizational learning. The County Administrator’s Office is currently piloting a variety of knowledge sharing activities, with the goal of developing strategies that can be shared countywide. These activities include proactive coordination and information-sharing across CAO divisions, every-other-week brown bag lunches to share lessons learned on past or current projects, particularly working more effectively and efficiently to support Board deliberations, supplementing professional development for employee growth by discussing specific topics of professional interest, establishing criteria for peer review and information sharing to improve team effectiveness when an individual is out of the office for vacation or other extended period.
The countywide employee engagement survey is scheduled for 2024 (Organizational Excellence objective 3.2). This survey will include questions about the current levels of internal information and knowledge sharing within and between County departments to determine where there are gaps in sharing and opportunities for improvement. Once this baseline is established, staff will conduct research on best practices and prepare recommendations for strategies to achieve this objective.
Key Milestone Update
Coordination and Partnership Update
This is an internally focused objective with strategies aiming to increase internal information and knowledge sharing. However, during the scoping project staff will consider whether there are opportunities to partner with cities and community partners to share resources related to information and knowledge exchanges.
Community, Equity, and Climate Update
As previously stated, staff will look for opportunities to engage the broader community as part of the implementation of this objective. The primary engagement will be with County staff. The strategies for this objective will be designed to maximize employee participation equitably and at all levels of the organization.
The baseline assessment, project scoping, and stakeholder engagement work will be incorporated within normal budget activities.
Once the knowledge and information sharing strategies have been selected for implementation, additional funding may be needed. The amount will depend on the selected strategies.