Training

My first foray into training was as a Co-operative Development Worker in the mid 1980s, designing and delivering enterprise skills courses to worker owned and controlled businesses. My understanding of how people learn was further developed during my six years as Programme Director with the national leadership organisation Common Purpose where I was responsible for designing a comprehensive learning programme for a diverse cross-section of senior representatives from the private, public and voluntary sectors.

As a freelance trainer, I have developed and delivered a range of training workshops, each designed to accommodate different preferred learning styles by using a mixture of presentation methods, group work, game play and practical exercises to maximise learning outcomes.

From 2004 to 2007, I was involved as a senior tutor and “expert witness” on the national neighbourhood renewal training programme “Renewal Academy” in partnership with Renaisi Consulting and Northern College. The role involved developing and delivering courses in Programme Design and Delivery; Partnership Working and Leadership; Development, Management and Delivery of Local Area Agreements and Programmes and a range of bespoke training interventions to meet the needs of individual organisations and partnerships.

Since 2007 I have specialised in developing and delivering training on the Outcome Based Accountability™ process working closely with its originator, Mark Friedman. I have two basic Introductory Workshops which are based on the original training materials designed by Mark Friedman from his book “Trying Hard is Not Good Enough”. I also design and deliver bespoke development workshops to apply the learning to specific applications.

Although I have a continuing interest in developing bespoke training interventions, I am able to offer a range of competitively priced “off the shelf” training workshops that reflect the culmination of several years of practical experience and development. (further information is available here)

Blog

Draft Programme for Government Framework (Northern Ireland)

I’ve just submitted my response to the publication by the Northern Ireland Executive of its Draft Programme for Government Framework. This is a radical, outcome focused framework based on Mark Friedman’s Outcome Based Accountability™ (OBA) approach.

Turning Curves

Hot on the heels of Mark Friedman’s “Trying Hard is Not Good Enough” 10 Year edition is his latest publication“Turning Curves: An Accountability Companion Reader”. The book complements “Trying Hard” with a series of short articles featuring case studies from around the world demonstrating the successful implementation of (Results) Outcome Based Accountability™ thinking.

The Leeds Story

When the Ofsted  (the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) inspectors arrive at a local authority Children and Young People’s directorate it’s a nervous time for everyone.  This was particularly the case in the City of Leeds, UK in March 2015 when five years previously the inspectors had concluded that the Authority was failing to adequately safeguard children and young people.

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