Presentation

1. Introduction

The aim of IACDS´s working groups is to provide a structured way of developing the organisation’s objectives, encouraging the exchange of good practices, the development of reference documentation, the creation of dissemination or training materials and the promotion of the guild in general.

 

2. What are the working groups?

These working groups can internal (only for IACDS members), external (organized by a third party, with the participation of IACDS delegates), or a mix of both types (organized by IACDS and open to other participants, such as related stakeholders, partner organizations,…).

Depending on their lifecycle, the working groups can be permanent or temporary.

The working groups will generally only meet in person occasionally, with most of the meetings held by video conference.

In general, the meetings in person will be, most probably, at the IACDS Annual Convention.

Each working group will be asked to present a list of topics, and keep it updated with any ideas/comments that may come.

From that list, the leaders of the working group, together with all the professionals involved, will choose a topic or a set of topics, and will define deliverables with clear dates, scope and support needed.

 

3. How they operate?

Generally, working groups will only meet in person occasionally, and most meetings will be held by videoconference.

The working groups are meant to be composed by volunteer professionals from the industry and the leadership of one spokesperson.

All the meetings and proceedings of the working groups will generally follow a defined process, with clear and transparent communication to all the members, within the budget of the organization itself and standardized documentation handling,

The IACDS Secretariat serves as assistance to organize the meetings, follow-up of tasks and support in the preparation of deliverables.

All the reference documentation of groups and subgroups will be posted at the IACDS website, within the private contents sections (Intranet).

 

4. What do they do?

Each IACDS working group/subgroup should always have a detailed agenda for every meeting or a project description for every deliverable, as well as a summary of the meetings and a report of the results related with any deliverable pursued by the organization.

The concept of deliverable is something that can be used or transferred to someone else.

Some examples of deliverables are a work document, a printed publication, an education session, an activity/event, …