Redesign Implementation Team (RIT) Update
By Trace Haythorn, Executive Director/CEO  |  January 30, 2017

Last week (Jan. 23-25), ten folks gathered in our national offices with Donna Dunn, Tecker International, as facilitator. I supported the team's work with Tammy Davis, our financial analyst. As we convened, I think we had a sense of what the early pioneers must have felt like as they first glimpsed the Rocky Mountains. As we crested the foothills of our work, we saw the majestic peaks that still await us. That said, we accomplished a great deal and look forward to next steps. We were grateful for Amy Greene's role along with Marc Medwed in helping us attend to the work of the Certification Reform Implementation Team, upon whose work we relied in addressing several of our tasks.

As president-elect, Amy Greene is chairing the RIT. Hopefully you read her article last week.

Below is a summary of our work:
  1. Everything the Redesign Implementation Team (RIT) is working with comes directly from what the board directed, the Organizational Design Work Group developed and the membership approved.
  2. Every effort was made for all interested members of the association to have input prior to implementation – since 2015 there have been listening sessions, town halls, online and sessions during the annual conference – all welcoming the comments and input from members.
  3. This is a journey. The RIT is taking good care of the association’s treasures, honoring its history, and embracing its future. The structure will be new, but will not be unfamiliar.
  4. There has been a timeline connecting all of these activities – from the inception of the idea for a potential redesign. The work of the RIT is a continuation of that timeline. Draft work by the RIT carries that timeline on for at least two more years.
  5. There are two parts to this process. There is the process of transitioning existing structures to new structures. There is the process of developing totally new structures. Much of this transition will occur in 2018.
  6. The new structure opens up the opportunities for ACPE member volunteers to do meaningful, mission-driven work within the new structure through the committees and commissions.
  7. Several people have raised questions about the geographic boundaries that define the new “areas.” First, they are based on the locations of Centers. Second, they are not simply larger “regions”; it is about staffing and service delivery, i.e. how will accreditation and certification be organized across the country? The Implementation team will continue to discuss and review this in conversation with the Certification and Accreditation Commissions as well as with the Certification and Accreditation Work Groups.
  8. There are broadened opportunities to nominate or self-nominate for service on the commissions and committees. Knowledge, skills, attributes and competencies will all be part of the nomination process to find the best fit between volunteer and volunteer service.
  9. As much as possible, changes to existing committees and commissions will be through attrition.
  10. Everything considered by the RIT is about keeping the mission of the association as the focus and about the success of the volunteers where they serve. The RIT is beginning by developing a transition plan from the existing structures along with charges to the new and existing committees and commission. The timeline to finalize the plan and implement the transition is in development.