Peer Challenge Programme

All 14 WM ADASS councils have participated in three cycles of our on site Peer Challenge programme over the six years since 2014/15.

Peer Challenges share good practice and learning from peers, and provide a critical friend approach to sector improvement.

A 2021 report from the University of Birmingham has underlined the value of this West Midlands-developed approach.


During Covid-19, peer challenges have been replaced by ‘Pause and Learn, a process based on an approach used by NASA as a ‘proven way to facilitate team learning during missions. We have adapted the process to enable it to be carried out online, using virtual meetings, briefings and feedback sessions.