We approach every project as an opportunity for co-design, beginning each project with an initiation meeting to understand your needs, discuss stakeholders and set key milestones. We develop a bespoke plan that meets your needs, identifies opportunities for added value and aligns with your organisation’s mission.
Our principal, Colin Stokes, has delivered hundreds of training sessions, workshops, focus groups and data collection interviews. His personal warmth, creative skills and deep understanding of government and NGO sectors are your building blocks for an effective, collaborative project. Engagements may be as simple as delivering a workshop or require a coordinated mix of workshops, design, training, reporting or community engagement.
Customised workshop and training materials will engage your stakeholders while keeping discussions on track and theming outputs for review and reporting. Illustrations and graphic recording enliven your event, add meaning to your documentation and aid accessibility.
We encourage you to call us for a ‘no obligation’ chat about what you want to achieve.
Workshops & Events
Our workshops and events are rich and engaging, inviting your stakeholders into activities and discussions that encourage participation and achieve workshop outcomes.
We co-design every workshop with you, weaving your key information into a dynamic process where each activity builds on the last. Classic structures such as brainstorming, small groups, journey mapping and reflection are augmented by using bespoke worksheets to record and order outputs.
With decades experience leading all kinds of groups we are well placed to meet emerging challenges, help participants be heard and maintain positive momentum for your workshop or event.
We understand the work that is required to understand needs, undertake detailed planning, guide implementation, identify monitoring and evaluation opportunities and give structure to reports. Service providers are under increased pressure to deliver key documents such as a journey map, theory of change or program logic.
You will draw on our experience with service delivery, project management and consulting to government to develop documents that provide a ‘line of sight’ between program objectives, inputs, activities and outcomes. Established and tested workshop templates will be adjusted to fit your project’s goals and language.
We have experience co-designing, writing and delivering training for organisations going through change, building workforce capacity or starting a new program. Our training combines information provision with activities designed to explore the implications of new knowledge, reflecting on current practice, developing shared commitment and producing action lists to embed new practices.
We can review your current training to develop augmented activities that build engagement and encourage changed behaviour or practices.
Our commitment to transparent, collaborative parallel processes will build your team’s skills. For more direct capacity building in program design, facilitation or training delivery, talk to us about ‘train the trainer’ sessions.
Drawing & Design
Graphic recording is a live summary of your event or workshop, recording key ideas and moments in text and pictures. Whether produced on paper or electronically graphic recording will engage participants and capture a nuanced picture of the relationships between ideas, data and action.
The results can be used to review the workshop, reproduced in reports and used as an infographic for those unable to attend.
Custom-made workshop materials
We take you beyond the butcher’s paper with custom-made, large format printable worksheets that engage participants, invite high quality responses and order outputs to meet workshop objectives. Materials work alongside detailed outlines so workshops have a logical sequence and outputs readily contribute to documentation, review or reporting.
We design custom material for ourselves, other workshop facilitators and consultants looking for engaging data collection tools. Designs are compatible with online whiteboards for virtual settings.
Most PowerPoint presentations, reports and blog posts are limited to clip art and stock photos that often say little about the ideas at the core of the document.
Commissioning bespoke illustrations for your slide deck, training manual or report will give your material a fresh, engaging look. More importantly they will be relevant and targeted to support your message. Targeted illustrations for data collection documents, information sheets and workshop slides draw in participants and make materials more accessible.