Action Learning Sets

Definition: An action learning set (ALS) is a group of people within a workplace that meet with the specific intention of solving workplace problems. The main aim of an ALS is to come away with a set of realistic actions that will help to solve or understand the issues at hand.  (NHS Improving Quality handbook, available online at

Working well together – Action Learning Skills guide by Caroline Doherty (used with permission)
“The dialogue which occurs between set members within an action learning set is different from a usual social or even a work based conversation. As such it is helpful to be explicit about the values and rules which will ensure that all set members can participate fully.”